Woody Island Visitor Center

Eco Friendly Resources on Woody island

Woody Island can be described as having rugged granite outcrops, tall eucalypts, bushy heathlands and small, secluded bays. The Island is an A Class nature reserve vested in the Conservation Commission of Western Australia and managed by the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW). DPaW has the lead responsibility for conserving native plants, animals and eco-systems and in partnership with Mackenzie’s, and a variety of eco friendly resources have been implemented on Woody Island to support this goal.


  • “Nature Reserves” are terrestrial areas that are set aside for the primary purpose of conservation. They are managed to maintain & restore the natural environment, and to protect, care for & promote the study of indigenous flora & fauna.
  • By being classified as an A Class nature reserve, approval from both Houses of Parliament (WA) is required before the Island’s area or purpose can be altered.
Eco Friendly Resource - Water Storage

Water Storage on the Island

Water is the most valuable eco friendly resource on Woody Island and all building roofs collect rainwater that drains to a lower central tank.  From there the water is pumped up to five 100,000 litre water storage tanks that supply mains pressure water to the island which has meant water saving devices such as AAA shower heads and low water, dual flush toilets can be used. The system can also be automated to allow the winter rains to be pumped unattended.

Composting Toilets

The composting toilets units that are proving to be very successful eco friendly resource, with almost nil water usage. To help keep the units working properly, worms and sawdust are replaced at regular intervals and all guests are reminded to shut the toilet lids when not in use.

To be water-wise with the men’s urinals, these systems have been converted to be waterless with the use of microbial urinal cubes from Desert Eco Systems

Eco Friendly Resource - Composting Toilets
Eco Friendly Resource - Waste Management

Waste Management

All recyclable waste products, eg aluminium cans and glass, are separated on the island and taken to the mainland for disposal.

Non-recyclable waste products, ie general rubbish, are removed to the mainland in green council bins on the daily ferry.

LED Lighting

The Visitors Centre and associated buildings have been completely rewired and the existing fluoro lighting replaced by environmentally friendly LED lighting.

95% of the energy in LEDs is converted into light and only 5% is wasted as heat. Less energy use reduces the demand from power plants and decreases greenhouse gas emissions. LED lights contain no toxic elements.

LEDs have a better quality of light distribution and focus light in one direction as opposed to other types of lighting which waste energy by emitting light in all directions. And with a longer life span, this eco friendly resource means lower carbon emissions.

Eco Friendly Resource - LED Lighting
Eco Friendly Resource - Revegetation


An active re-vegetation program continues to ensure areas such as the Visitor Centre are regenerated as quickly as possible. An ongoing annual tree-planting program continues with only trees native to Woody Island being planted. No introduced species, such as palms, are permitted or planted. Grey water is collected and used to irrigate the re-vegetation areas.

All strategies are designed to minimise impact in the natural environment and provide an ecologically and environmentally sustainable enterprise.

Smoke Free Zone

Woody Island Eco Tours is a designated smoke-free zone. It encompasses the Visitor Centre, Camper’s Kitchen, general camping & hut accommodations, ablution blocks.

1.High Risk Area for Fire: Woody Island Eco Tours contains much combustible material (man-made infrastructures and nature itself) that has built up over several years.  Combined with a dry winter and limited water supply, fire poses a very serious threat to its existence.  The smoking exclusion zone will reduce a possible ignition source, one that is often found as litter throughout the campsite.  If you do smoke, please smoke in the designated areas and dispose of your butts in the bins provided.

2.Government Regulations regarding smoking: Part IXB of the Health Act 1911 and the Health (Smoking in Enclosed Public Places) Regulations 2003 were introduced in response to community concern about the health effects of exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke (ie passive smoking).  These regulations require all enclosed public places (which by definition refers to all buildings on Woody Island {including the safari huts}) to be smoke-free.

3.Company Policy: It is our obligation under the ‘World Health Act’ to provide a safe (smoke-free) workplace for both workers and other people.

Failure to comply with this Policy may result in your expulsion from Woody Island.

Be careful– caution is required in any natural environment with potentially hazardous terrain.  Your safety is our concern but your responsibility.

Be cool– minimise the risk of fire by respecting the island’s smoking policy and disposing of butts properly.

Be clean– dispose of your rubbish in the bins provided.  Separate recycling matter from general rubbish and put it in the blue recycling bins.  Pick up any litter found on your travels.

Protect animals– observe native animals in their natural environment from a safe distance and do not feed them.  Respect seabird nesting sites and stay clear of burrows.

Protect plants– Leave rocks & vegetation in its original spot as these are often the homes of small creatures that depend on such habitats for their existence.

Stay on the track– keep to designated walk tracks to help prevent erosion and disturbance of flora & fauna.

Avoid bites, stings & scratches– wear protective clothing and insect repellent to minimise your exposure.

Be water-wise– be aware of & conserve your water usage.  Only have one four-minute shower per day.

Be CoastSafe: safe swimming & snorkelling– swim/snorkel with caution and check water depths before entering the water. Supervise children closely.

Be CoastSafe: safe fishing– rocks become slippery when wet so watch out for freak waves & black rocks.  Fish for the future and keep only legal sized fish and only enough for your immediate needs.

Be sun-smart– slip, slop & slap! Drink water to keep hydrated.

Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but photographs & memories.

Come on board!