Much of Shark Bay is only accessible by four-wheel drive including Steep Point, Dirk Hartog Island and most of Francois Peron National Park. Find out more about these destinations on the places to visit pages.

Please study the four-wheel driving in Shark Bay information sheet and remember:

  • Reducing tyre pressures will prevent you from getting bogged, give a smoother ride and help protect the tracks. Know your vehicle and the best tyre pressure for sand driving before you go.
  • Water, fuel, facilities, services and supplies are only available in Denham and Monkey Mia. Make sure you have adequate water, supplies and fuel for your journey.
  • Recovery equipment, sufficient spare tyres and a good communication system are essential in remote four-wheel drive areas.

Australian National 4WD Council’s Code of Ethics:

  1. Obey the laws and regulations for recreational vehicles that apply to public lands.
  2. Respect the cultural, heritage and environmental values of private/public land, by obeying restrictions that may apply.
  3. Respect our flora and fauna. Stop and look, but never disturb.
  4. Keep to formed vehicle tracks.
  5. Keep the environment clean. Carry your own, and any other, rubbish out.
  6. Keep your vehicle mechanically sound and clean to reduce the environmental impact.
  7. Adopt minimal impact camping and driving practices.
  8. Seek permission before driving on private land. Do not disturb livestock or watering points, leave gates as found.
  9. Take adequate water, food, fuel, basic spares and a first aid kit on trips. In remote areas travel with another vehicle and have Royal Flying Doctor Service, or equivalent, radio contact.
  10. Enjoy your recreation and respect the rights of others.
  11. Plan ahead and lodge trip details with a responsible person.
  12. Support 4WD touring as a responsible and legitimate family recreational activity. Consider joining an affiliated 4WD club.