Woody Island Nature Reserve off the coast of Esperance is just the spot for nature lovers.

Surrounded by pristine bushland and ocean, there’s plenty of time for bushwalking, hiking, swimming, snorkelling and fishing.

Woody Island is part of the 100 islands that make up the Recherche Archipelago or Bay of Isles, as locals know it. It’s the only island that is open to the public from a cruise/charter. All sorts of marine life thrive in the waters surrounding Woody Island including fur seals, sea lions and dolphins.

On land, you might see marsupials like bandicoots and wallabies as well as a range of birds, including rare sea eagles.

To learn more about the local wildlife, visit the interpretive centre on the island. There’s a swimming platform and an underwater snorkel trail – or you can just relax and soak up the tranquillity.

It takes about 45 minutes for the Woody Island Eco Tour cruise to reach the Island from Esperance - check availability and prices with Woody Island Eco Tours.

Tourists are advised to check for alerts and road/park closures before commencing their travel on www.emergency.wa.gov.au and https://alerts.dbca.wa.gov.au