400th Anniversary of Dirk Hartog's Landing

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If you do not have anything planned for next October then why not consider attending some of the events planned for the 400th Anniversary of Dirk Hartog's Landing on the Western Australian coast.

On 25 October 1616 Dirk Hartog was the first European to land on the western coast and left a commemorative plate on the northern cape of the island that now bears his name.

This is an event that is of Australian and international significance - there are not to many events that celebrate 400 years in Australia.

Events will be held at Cape Inscription on Dirk Hartog Island, and in Denham and the surrounding Shark Bay area. The Duyfken will be moored in Denham and the Discovery Centre there will certainly be an attraction. If you haven't visited the area before I can attest that it is an absolutely beautiful area; being a World Heritage area is no accident.

You can spend a week in the area and not see it all - from the scenic coasts of the Peron Peninsula, where the red sandy cliffs contrast with the blue of the sea among the waterbirds, and the famous Monkey Mia dolphins are hand fed, to the rugged cliffs of the Zuytdorp where fishermen gather hoping for the big catch. The Hamelin Pool Stromatolites 3.5 billion years old are a popular attraction and dugongs and sharks are frequently seen from the surrounding shores.

Some links on the commemoration:

WA Government
Netherlands Website
Facebook Page
Twitter Page
Duyfken Page

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Reply By: Phil B (WA) - Monday, Oct 05, 2015 at 09:36

Monday, Oct 05, 2015 at 09:36
Thanks for the heads up Alan

400 years ago is indeed a long time in the scope of whiteman's history in Aust; given the First Fleet arrived in 1788 and the Swan River Colony (WA) was settled in 1829.

I left my run to get to the island for the celebrations a bit late (booked out) but hope to find a spot during Oct.


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Reply By: Member - MARIC - Monday, Oct 05, 2015 at 09:37

Monday, Oct 05, 2015 at 09:37
Are the three caravan parks at Denham going to cope? As their is not much free camping available for that long. Only other spots are at Nanga, Hamlin, and at the resort at Monkey Mia
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Follow Up By: Sandra B10 - Saturday, Oct 17, 2015 at 10:36

Saturday, Oct 17, 2015 at 10:36
Yes they will cope..,. Just.. Two of the van parks also have large overflow areas. The area gets pretty crazy in July school holidays and especially the middle weekend when they run the far west state speedway championships, but they cope. There is also camping in the national park, as well as whalebone, eagle bluff and fowlers camp, which require permits. They organizing committee will I'm sure have a plan for accommodating excess visitors!
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Reply By: OBJ - Monday, Oct 05, 2015 at 12:24

Monday, Oct 05, 2015 at 12:24
Are they still charging an arm and a leg to get over to the island in your car? If so, they can have it for themselves. When I wanted to visit the charges were exhorbitant and when I asked at the Info Centre why, they told me that the 'residents' did not want anyone over there. I was happy to oblige.
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Follow Up By: equinox - Tuesday, Oct 06, 2015 at 00:09

Tuesday, Oct 06, 2015 at 00:09
It was $680 to get the 4wd over earlier this year, plus $88 per passenger. Plus $19 per day per person for DPaW.

An arm and a leg? Maybe, I thought it was worth it though.

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Reply By: Member - sparra - Monday, Oct 05, 2015 at 15:40

Monday, Oct 05, 2015 at 15:40
Only a shortish dinghy ride for me from where I live, be a bit windy though I reckon being in October.

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