Woody Island (Western Australia)

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Woody Island Nature Reserve
Western Australia
Skinny Dip Bay 2 Woody Island NR VIII-2012.jpeg
Skinny Dip Bay on Woody Island Nature Reserve in August 2012
Woody Island Nature Reserve is located in Western Australia
Woody Island Nature Reserve
Woody Island Nature Reserve
Nearest town or city Esperance
Coordinates 33°57′43.45″S 122°00′43.74″E / 33.9620694°S 122.0121500°E / -33.9620694; 122.0121500Coordinates: 33°57′43.45″S 122°00′43.74″E / 33.9620694°S 122.0121500°E / -33.9620694; 122.0121500
Area 2.4 km2 (0.9 sq mi)
Visitation 16,000 (in 2003-04)[1]
Managing authorities Department of Parks and Wildlife
See also List of protected areas of
Western Australia

Woody Island is an island located 15 kilometres (9 mi) from the town of Esperance, Western Australia. The island is part of the Recherche Archipelago and is listed as a nature reserve.[2] Woody Island is the only island of the archipelago that is open to visitors, it is accessible by daily island cruises and has accommodation available.[3] Tour operator, Dan MacKenzie, was granted permission to land passengers on the island in 1973. The MacKenzie family built the jetty on the island that is still used for visitors to disembark from tourist boats.[4] The island itself is reasonably small in size, about 1.5 km (0.93 mi) in length with a total area of 240 hectares (593 acres).[5] Facilities on the island include an interpretive centre, a cafe, a swimming platform with a slide and a snorkelling trail.[6] Woody Island received over 16,000 visitors in 2003/2004.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Management Plan for Esperance Coastal Reserves". 2007. Retrieved 17 June 2007. 
  2. ^ "Woody Island Nature Reserve". 2007. Retrieved 17 June 2007. 
  3. ^ "Woody Island - Esperance". 2007. Retrieved 17 June 2007. 
  4. ^ Rebecca Brewin (23 January 2015). "A look around the Recherche Archipelago". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Woody Island - Western Australia". 2007. Retrieved 17 June 2007. 
  6. ^ "Woody Island Nature Reserve". TravelDownunder. 2007. Archived from the original on 7 May 2007. Retrieved 17 June 2007. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Goodsell, J., A. Tingay and S.R. Tingay.(1976) A resource survey of Woody Island, Archipelago of the Recherche Perth. Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife. Report (Western Australia. Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife) ; no. 21.