This historically significant site is one of six designated camping areas in the national park (camping fees are payable and you must book before arriving by contacting the Ranger at Steep Point on 08 99483993).
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In 1699, navigator and buccaneer William Dampier voyaged to New Holland, spending several days in the area that he named 'Shark's Bay' and making extensive observations on the geography, plants and animals. He made the earliest known collections of plant specimens from anywhere in Australia at this site, taking 20 or so species back to England where they caused a sensation. A plaque commemorates his visit.
Dampier’s Landing has no facilities and is essentially a wilderness camping experience. Look after the island while camping and it will still be in good condition the next time you visit:
• Bushfires are potentially devastating to people and wildlife. No wood fires or firewood collection is allowed. Portable cookers are preferred.
• Please take out what you bring in. Do not leave any rubbish, food scraps or any other items on the island and do not bury any rubbish. Stow rubbish securely to prevent it from being blown away.
• Bury toilet waste in a hole at least 50 centimetres deep at least 100 metres away from campsites and other public areas.