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Dampier Archipelago

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by Tamzz (subscribe)
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Published March 1st 2018
Off the beaten track
Dampier Archipelagos Islands, WA
Pilbara's Coastline


If you are travelling around Australia and would like to visit a place that is somewhat remote and unique, you may want to discover the Dampier Archipelagos Islands, in Western Australia's North West. The Dampier Archipelagos are made up of 42 islands that lie within a small radius of Dampier, a mining town located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Most people who visit the Dampier Archipelago islands are miners who work and live in the Pilbara region and happen to own a boat. Don't be deterred by the remote location as once you have organised a 4WD, boat and maybe a skipper, the Dampier Archipelagos Islands will become accessible for anyone to enjoy.

On one fine day, our group set out for a day of recreational boating around the islands and as it turns out we were lucky enough to glimpse the marine diversity. We sighted Hawksbill turtles, dolphins and a baby humpback whale from the boat on the way to our fishing spot located by a GPS (check for zoning regulations).

Later, I might add that we found a great spot to anchor the boat for a snorkel. My snorkelling adventure however only lasted all of five minutes after being chased by a large fish, which looked a lot like a large Barracuda with sharp pointy teeth. Dampier Archipelago certainly lives up to a reputation for offering world class fishing spots for deep water, reef fishing.

On the return trip, our skipper pointed out Sam's Island (formerly Tidepole Island) named after the local icon who built a home on the island. The story of Sam's Island was quite memorable, if not a reminder, that some folks, truly do prefer a more quiet, slow-paced lifestyle.

Another unique natural attraction is the 'Staircase to the Moon' from Hearson's Cove between May and October.

Dampier Archipelagos Islands, WA
Dampier Archipelagos Islands


If you would like to visit the Archipelagos Islands, I recommend that you contact a tourism information centre, before you embark on your trip, off the beaten track.
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