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Island paradise is back on the tourist itinerary as camping and ferry services recommence on Woody Island

Woody Island Eco Tours has officially restarted its ferry transfers and reopened camping facilities for up to 20 visitors just in time for the WA Day long weekend.

However, stormy weather has until now thwarted their plans, as high sea swells prevent a smooth trip to the island, one of the Recherche Archipelago’s 105 islands, located 15km off the coast of Esperance.

Woody Island is located 15kms off the shore of Esperance and is the only island of the 105 islands that make up the iconic Recherche Archipelago that is open to visitors.
Camera IconWoody Island is located 15kms off the shore of Esperance and is the only island of the 105 islands that make up the iconic Recherche Archipelago that is open to visitors. Credit: Kelsey Reid

Woody Island Eco Tours manager Genevieve Spencer said at this stage they had no bookings for the weekend, and they hoped those visiting Esperance took time to visit Woody Island as they returned to visit the seaside town.

“We really need to get it out there, especially for the locals it’s really good, even the Kalgoorlie people that come down to get away,” she said.

“It’s really good for camping the night, having a feed or just going fishing for the day.”

Ms Spencer said the winter season was a great time to visit the island.

Woody Island Camping is popular over the summer months with numerous options for those staying overnight, whether in a tent, safari hut or if you've bought your own gear.
Camera IconWoody Island Camping is popular over the summer months with numerous options for those staying overnight, whether in a tent, safari hut or if you’ve bought your own gear. Credit: Kelsey Reid

“It’s always nicer in the bay if there’s a northerly — town’s always nice but if we ever get a southerly and it’s really rough in town it’s just an absolute glass off at Woody Island,” she said.

“We still gets lots of birds because there is a lot of rainfall so they come out and are cleaning themselves and having a fat time.”

We really need to get it out there, especially for the locals it’s really good, even the Kalgoorlie people that come down to get away.

Ms Spencer said the bar and cafe on the island had remained operational during shutdowns to service locals who day-tripped out on their own vessel while the ferry was out of action.

“We weren’t doing the boat tours because we weren’t able to — it didn’t really support us money-wise as well but we did have locals come out, like couples who just wanted takeaway food so we officially got the tours happening again and for anyone that wants to camp out and also eat,” she said.

“We obviously have hand sanitiser stations up but other than that it’s all fine as long as you don’t have any flu-like symptoms.”

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