Named after the wife of French explorer, Louis de Freycinet, the Rose de Freycinet lake is aptly named after the pink rose colour. Rose herself famously stowed away in the ship carrying for her husband as she couldn’t bear to be without him on his world-wide scientific voyage. It is believed, through her letters, that she was the first woman to circumnavigate the world by boat. She dressed up as a cabin boy to gain passage onto the ship.
Guests staying at the lodge can enjoy several
self-guided walks along the pristine beaches of Dirk Hartog Island. Alternatively, the more adventurous may like to take part in one of the guided walks down the rugged west coast of DHI, taking in 600 ft high cliffs and stunning views of the Indian Ocean.
Rock pools are located at both ends of the island and are suitable for all ages. They are great for cooling off and enjoying the sunshine.
Visit Shark Bay’s largest blow hole. On 5m swells this blow hole can be seen 20km away and it sounds like a jet plane taking off. Don’t get too close to the edge!
Visit the landing site of Captain Dirk Hartog in 1616. Vlaming 1697, Baudin 1801 and de Freycinet 1818. This Heritage listed site has interpretive signage and replica plates from Hartog & Vlaming.
Watch the last sunset in Australia on top of 600ft high cliffs. Herald Height’s is the highest spot on the island and you can look out over the Indian Ocean and watch whales, turtles and sea birds cruise past.
Find a secluded beach and enjoy the warm waters. There are many secluded beaches along the east side of Dirk Hartog Island. Swim, snorkel or just relax the day away.