Exploring Woody Island Walk Trails
Put on your walking shoes to explore the natural surrounds of Woody Island whilst taking in stunning views. There are three marked Woody Island walk trails that lead you to either the summit (via the Island Top Walk), Twiggy’s Landing or Skinny Dip Bay. With the degree of difficulty varying from easy to moderate, everyone can enjoy this activity.
CAUTION while walking on rocks and walk trails due to uneven ground. Surface may become slippery when wet. Always carry a water bottle and wear the appropriate footwear.
ISLAND TOP WALK trail: Duration: approx. 1 hour return
Along this walking trail, walkers observe the spectacular views of the Recherche Archipelago from all directions. At the branch in the trail, head left as the trail is circular and returns to this point. Good vantage points are found halfway to the summit where a new viewing platform is located and at two large rock outcrops – watch out for skinks! Take note of the fence-line on the way back. It is 100 years old and was put up by the Dempster Brothers (first settlers in Esperance) to keep sheep away from the deadly heart-shaped poison bush.
TWIGGY’S LANDING trail: Duration: approx. 40 minutes return
This trail leads to Twiggy’s Landing. Refer to the newspaper article for information on the naming of this bay. A lookout overlooking the Mutton-Bird rookery is located here. Be careful not to interfere with their burrows. A leisurely walk can lead you around the eastern end of the island where sea birds nest and often Cape Barren Geese can be seen. Do not walk near the water’s edge or on black or sloping rocks as this is very dangerous.
SKINNY DIP BAY trail: Duration: approx. 40 minutes return
A trail from the campground leads over the hill to Skinny Dip Bay. This trail passes by the telephone tower on the hill. Kangaroos frequent this area and the bay is small and rocky but very sheltered.
Spend 5 hours on the only island in the Archipelago open to the public. The experience includes a return ferry ride, a guided tour and morning tea. In addition, enjoy the walk trails, swimming, snorkeling, fishing or just kickback and relax.