Dampier Archipelago

West Coast Australia

Offshore from Dampier, the coral waters and pristine islands of the Dampier Archipelago support a wealth of marine life, including dugongs, plus endangered marsupials (25 of the 42 islands are nature reserves). It's a popular recreational fishing and boating destination, and plenty of boat-owning locals head here for R&R. Enquire at Karratha visitor centre about fishing charters and cruises.

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