Wilderness Island

Wilderness Island

Wilderness Island – Untouched Paradise – Exmouth Gulf WA

Wilderness Island is a private Island and situated in the Exmouth Gulf, approximately 42km (26 miles) from Exmouth. The Exmouth Gulf is world renowned for its fantastic fishing with its fish-rich shallow water, mangrove lined creek systems and numerous shoals and scattered reefs. Catch everything from Barramundi to Sailfish in this untouched paradise.

Wilderness Island – WA

The island is about a mile long and half a mile wide and features sandy beaches, limestone cliffs, sand dunes and mangroves.

This private island paradise is the perfect environment for fisherman and nature lovers alike where one can enjoy the beauty of the island and its surrounding waters and experience a range of activities such as fishing, whale watching, snorkelling or just relaxing.

Wilderness Island been recognised as the “best flats fishing destination in Australia”. The camp is located 15m from the high water mark. So ready access to some of the best fishing opportunities in Australia, is right on your doorstep.

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About the Exmouth Gulf

Exmouth Gulf is world renowned for its fantastic fishing with its fish-rich shallow water, mangrove lined creek systems and numerous shoals and scattered reefs. The area is attractive to sport fishers due to the difficulty of access for various reasons including the long distance from roads and launching facilities. The diversity of the Exmouth Gulf provides unique opportunities for fishermen and nature lovers.

Within the Gulf there are many islands, shallow flats and reef that hold an array of different species and fishing opportunities. On the eastern side of the gulf are an abundance of pristine mangrove creeks that hold prized recreational sport fish such as barramundi, mangrove jack, giant herring and queenfish. The intertidal systems of the Gulf contain numerous important recreationally targeted species including trevally species, flathead, whiting and mud crabs. The deeper waters of the Gulf harbour prized demersal species such as coral trout, blue-bone, north-west snapper as well as multiple species of rock lobsters. The sports fishing opportunities of the Gulf are world renowned. Sailfish are plentiful in late spring as they feed on the tonnes of baitfish that congregate in the Gulf. Juvenile marlins have also been regularly encountered right up in the shallows.

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Accommodation

With only 5 beachfront Safari Cabins available for a maximum of 10 guests at any one time, Wilderness Island offers you your own private island. The camp offers simple functional facilities designed to minimise any human impact on the fragile natural environment, whilst also ensuring a very comfortable stay.

The Safari Cabins

The spacious beachfront Safari Cabins sleep two people comfortably and offer beautiful views over the ocean. With showers on the beach looking out at the ocean the Safari Cabins include mosquito screens and comfortable bedding with linen provided.

The Main Camp

The hub of the Wilderness Island is the main camp, offering lounge, dining tent, elevated sun deck and a well appointed kitchen where meals are prepared. The views from the sun deck are simply stunning and a perfect place to enjoy a drink at the end of the day to watch to magnificent sunsets over water.

The main camp is solar powered and fully self contained providing fresh drinking water, gas stove, refrigerator, freezer, 12 volt lights and 12 volt power.

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Boating Equipment

The boat is an aluminium centre console that is 8m long with a seating capacity for 12. With only 10 guests on the island at any one time that ensures you’ve got plenty of space on board.

Its draw of 400mm and reliable 250 hp outboard lets us get to anywhere you want to go with plenty of pace.

Fishing Equipment

Wilderness Island will provide all bait, tackle, rods and lures on a replace if lost or damaged basis. We do however recommend you bring your own rods and lures. Remember, we’re in fishing paradise here – we can go off the beach, trawling, game fishing, you name it – so come prepared!

Fishing

Wilderness Island truly offers some of the most amazing fishing anywhere in the world. And to have all that from your own private island is a fisherman’s dream!

With so many different varieties of fish the action is offshore and off the beach, in and around the island. Where we go, what we go for and when we go is UP TO YOU and we can make the arrangements on the day. We offer you individually tailored tours, as well as set itineraries of one to four day adventures. Catering for small groups, the tours are very personalised. All our tours are personally organised and guided.

It could be an all day safari to hook a sailfish, or up the mangroves for some mangrove jack, or off the beach for some giant herring. And that’s just the first day!

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What You Can Catch

Popular species caught at Wilderness Island include:

Spanish mackerel, queen fish, snapper, cobia, longtail tuna, big eyed tuna, yellow fin tuna, mangrove jack, barramundi, giant/golden/brassy trevally, sailfish, barracuda, permit, giant herring, estuarine cod, rankin cod, and coral trout

Where You Catch Them

The fish are generally found offshore in around 2m of water, trawling/ lures off the back of the boat, or in the mangroves. Or you can throw a line off the beach right in front of your hut!

When You Catch Them

Fish are abundant most of the year round except for barra which predominate during January to April, and sailfish from November to April.

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Getting There

Wilderness Island is 42km (26 miles) from Exmouth. Exmouth is located in Western Australia, 1270kms north of Perth

You can access the Island from Exmouth by plane or boat:

By boat: It’s a 1 hour boat ride.

By seaplane: Just a 20 minute hop!  Additional cost on application.

Getting to Exmouth

Air Access

The nearest airport to Exmouth is Learmonth (37kms south of Exmouth) and Skywest Airlines & Qantas operate regular flights from Perth.  There is a shuttle bus which meets each flight and transfers you to Exmouth for a small fee.  Hire cars are also available from the airport. Your Wilderness Island host will meet you at a prearranged meeting point in Exmouth.

Road Access

Exmouth is on the Exmouth-Minilya Road, which runs off the North West Coastal Highway. From the north, take the Burkett Road, 110kms south of Nanutarra Roadhouse.  From the south, take the Exmouth-Minilya Road, 152kms north of Carnarvon. The North West of Australia is a large desolate place with long distances between towns, water supplies and fuel. Plan your journey carefully making allowances for the vast distances.

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Land Based Fishing Package:

Best Time: April through to October the weather is milder but can be extended from March through to December.

Your days can be spent fishing from the miles of beach at Wilderness Island PLUS day excursions to other Gulf Islands, relaxing around the camp, swimming, full use of the kayaks and a campfire at night.

Cost for 2013 season:

5 nights – $2750.00 per person

Full Package Includes:

  • Transfers across the Gulf to Wilderness Island (Gulf Boat Trip)
  • Land based fishing from Wilderness Island
  • Day fishing excursions to other Gulf Islands
  • Self guided (advised by staff, map, tide charts and local fishing info)
  • Full accommodation at the camp in spacious, luxury beach front Cabins
  • Fully catered, all meals supplied and cooked

Sport Fishing Packages:

Best Time:  April through to October the weather is milder but can be extended from March through to December. The fishing is amazing in the warmer months.

Cost for 2013 season:

5 nights $3300.00 per person (minimum 2 anglers)

Full Package Includes:

  • Transfers across the Gulf to Wilderness Island (Gulf Boat Trip)
  • Fully guided tours
  • Full accommodation at the camp in spacious, luxury beach front Cabins
  • Fully catered, all meals supplied and cooked
  • Professionally guided fishing – (from our custom, skippered boat, creek fishing, beach and reef fishing, fly fishing and flats fishing)
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Fly Fishing Packages:

Best Time: March through to December covers the full season but more importantly it depends on your target species.

Wilderness Island will put you right in the middle of the hottest new fly fishing destination in Australia. As stated by several well known fishing entities, we have the “best flats for fly fishing in Australia”, “the best flats fishing in Australia” and we can fish them even on the windy days by tucking away behind islands and headlands. We have fished fly on days when the wind is over 40 knots. Our fishing lodge has just undergone a complete refurbishment with brand new cabins and luxury fit-outs and our vessel “Kamsin” has had a full major refit to get you to the hotspots quick-smart.

Cost for 2013 season:

5 nights – $3850.00 per person for 2 anglers

5 nights – $4400.00 per person for 1 angler

Full Package Includes:

  • Transfers across the Gulf to Wilderness Island (Gulf Boat Trip)
  • Full accommodation at the camp in spacious, luxury beach front Cabins
  • Fully catered, all meals supplied and cooked
  • Professionally guided fishing – (from our custom, skippered boat, creek, beach, reef and flats fishing)

Game Fishing Packages:

Best Time: September  to November

During these months Sailfish congregate into the Exmouth Gulf. The offshore shoals they work, lay just 20km (13 miles) from Wilderness Island.  Sailfish are the main target for these months*, with big Longtail Tuna, Cobia, Spanish Mackerel and Golden Trevally as by catch.

*On the windy days, at Wilderness Island they have the advantage of being able to fish flats, creeks and hide behind islands and continue to fish for other target species like Mangrove Jack, Queen Fish, and the occasional Barramundi.

Cost for 2013 season:

5 nights – $3300.00 per person (min 2 anglers, max 4 anglers per boat)

Full Package Includes:

  • Transfers across the Gulf to Wilderness Island (Gulf Boat Trip)
  • Full accommodation at the camp in spacious, luxury beach front Cabins
  • Fully catered, all meals supplied and cooked
  • Professionally guided fishing – (from our custom and skippered boats, creek fishing, beach and reef fishing, fly fishing and flats fishing)

 

Other duration costs on request for all packages

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