Return to 1616 – Island Restoration

Sat 3rd June – Fri 9th June 2017

Join us on a 6 night / 7 day 4WD Tag-a-long adventure to Dirk Hartog Island and discover first hand the Return to 1616 project that aims to restore the vegetation and habitats of Dirk Hartog Island National Park to how Dirk Hartog would have seen them in 1616.

Cost Per 4WD: $2,160 (includes 2 adults)

The adventure includes:

  • return 4WD, camper trailer and passenger transfers
  • All national park, camping and access fees & permits
  • Beach side camping at the Homestead Camp Grounds
  • Camp kitchen, toilets and hot showers
  • 6 x evening meals (BYO alcohol) served at the Eco Lodge
  • 3 x Tag-a-long tours of DHI National Park
  • Experienced tour leaders with fully equipped escort vehicles
  • Guest Speakers on Return to 1616

Adventure Starts & Ends: Hamelin Station Stay



Dirk Hartog Island is known as the site for the first recorded European landing in Western Australia, 400 years ago. Early European explorers (Vlaming 1697, Dampier 1699, Allouarn 1772, Baudin 1801 and Freycinet 1818) followed Hartog and left their mark and recorded their stories.  In the mid 1890’s the island was turned into a pastoral station and in it’s peak, had over 22,000 sheep and over 7,000 goats.

In 2009, Dirk Hartog Island became a National Park and a ground breaking ecological project to restore the island to how Hartog discovered it was started. The ‘Return to 1616’ project was established with funding through the Gorgon Barrow Island Net Conservation Benefits program with a budget of over $22 million over several years to complete the first stages.

Join us on a 6 night / 7 day 4WD Tag-a-long adventure to Dirk Hartog Island and discover first hand the Return to 1616 project. Stay in the Homestead Camp grounds or spoil yourself at the Eco Lodge.  Listen to expert guest speakers on the Island’s restoration, visit areas that only our guides can access and witness the visible transformation of the vegetation. A full day tag-a-long guided tour to Cape Inscription to view Hartog’s replica plate and discover the islands natural beauty is a highlight.

Saturday 3rd June: Our tour begins at Hamelin Outback Station Stay with an afternoon tea and tour briefing before settling down for sunset drinks and a BBQ dinner. (Included in package: Camping site, afternoon tea, sunset drinks (wine & beer) and BBQ dinner)

Sunday 4th June:  The day begins with a hot cuppa and a group photo before setting off to meet the Dirk Hartog Barge at Shelter Bay, Steep Point. The barge transfers take approximately 15 mins per vehicle and once on the island, its approx. a 40 minute drive to the Homestead Camp Grounds. The Campgrounds have hot water showers, toilets and a rustic limestone camp kitchen with a fire pit.  Everyone gets ocean view sites with an ever changing array of marine life cruising past.  The afternoon is free time to setup camp before sunset drinks and the first of our guest speakers talking about the Return to 1616 project.  Evening meal at the Eco Lodge. (Included in package: Steep Point access permits, Barge transfers, camp ground permits, evening meal. BYO alcohol).

Monday 5th June: Celebrate WA Day with a well earned sleep in before meeting at the Eco Lodge for morning tea and a tour of the old wool shed and our solar power system. Relax with scones, jam and cream.  Spend the afternoon walking the beach’s or looking for the endemic bird life near the lodge. Meet at the Eco Lodge at 5.30pm for sunset drinks and a seafood BBQ. Our second guest speaker will discuss the World Heritage Values of the Island and how the Return to 1616 project help the entire region. (included in package: morning tea, seafood BBQ dinner and camping permits. BYO alcohol)

Tuesday 6th June:       It’s a big day driving to Cape Inscription and checking out the Return to 1616 project. Visit Dampier’s Landing, Turtle Bay and Mystery Beach.  Return to Homestead Camp grounds for sunset drinks and dinner at the Eco Lodge. (Included in package: guided tag a long tour, evening dinner. BYO alcohol)

Wednesday 7th June:  A free morning before taking a guided tag a long tour to Herald Heights.  It’s a 40 min drive taking in huge sand hills and amazing landscapes. Afternoon tea will be served on top of 600ft high cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean.  Return to the Homestead Camp Grounds for sunset drinks and dinner at the Eco Lodge. (Included in package: guided tag a long tour, afternoon tea and dinner. BYO alcohol)

Thursday 8th June:      A morning guided tag a long tour to visit the Blow Holes and Surf Point marine sanctuary before returning to the Homestead Camp grounds for a lazy afternoon. Sunset drinks (wine & beer) and nibbles before the farewell dinner at the Eco Lodge.

Friday 9th June:  A busy morning packing up before departing the island via the Hartog Explorer. You will be escorted back to Hamelin Outback Station Stay. Arriving mid afternoon. (included in package: barge transfers and tag a long guided tour)