Shark Bay 2019

Shark Bay Sea Kayak

Shark Bay Sea Kayak

The Outdoor Education Department is offering all Year 10, 11 and 12 students in 2020 the amazing opportunity to participate in a sea kayaking expedition in the Shark Bay World Heritage area.


The expedition will take place along the eastern side of Dirk Hartog Island or between Monkey Mia and Cape Peron. Both areas have incredible marine life with dugongs, turtles, dolphins and reef sharks commonly sighted.  The girls will have an opportunity to investigate the natural history of the area and explore the unique coastline, including mangrove forests and tidal flats.

Students will paddle double Sea-kayaks.  They will be self-sufficient for the expedition, carrying all supplies in water-tight bags and hatches.  The students will be accompanied at all times by a sea kayak instructor and 2 experienced Sea Kayak Guides as well as a St Hilda’s staff member.  Students will also visit the Ocean Park Marine Centre and participate in an Indigenous cultural session during the paddle.

The trip can be used for the expedition section of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for either Bronze or Silver.  Girls who choose to do this will be involved in the organisation which will include: route planning, menu planning, clothing list and logistics.  The planning sessions will take place at lunchtime one day a week (day to be advised) in the weeks leading up to the expedition. 

All Students will also be involved in preparation and skills practice over two weekend days in the weeks leading up to the expedition. 


Saturday 26 September – Saturday 3 October.


$1200 based on 10 participants. Please note this trip needs a minimum of 10 students to run.

  • Return bus transport Perth-Denham
  • Private tour of Ocean Park Marine education centre
  • Return Charter Boat transfer Denham-Dirk Hartog Island
  • 2 days Sea Kayak skills training, prior to departure. River and ocean
  • All meals
  • All kayaking equipment

Location & Accommodation:

The group will overnight in Denham on the first and last night. The remainder of the nights will be spent camping in tents on the beach at suitable locations.

Proposed Itinerary




Saturday 26 September

6.30 am

Depart Perth


6.30 pm

Arrive Denham – overnight accommodation

Sunday 27 September

8.30 am

Ocean Park Marine Centre Tour



Charter boat transfer Denham to Steep Point



paddle to DHI and Camp 1

Monday 28 September


Paddle to Camp 2

Tuesday 29 September


Paddle to Camp 3

Wednesday 30 September


Paddle to Camp 4

Thursday 1 October


Paddle to Camp 5 – Final Campsite

Friday 2 October


Charter boat transfer Camp 5 to Denham

Lunch and relax in Denham - Overnight

Saturday 3 October

6.30 am

Depart Denham


6.30 pm

Arrive Perth



Students will travel in the St Hilda’s Coaster Bus. The Outdoor Ed 4WD will tow the Kayak Trailer.


Medical Information

Medical details for students will be taken from the student records data base.  If your daughter’s medical history has recently changed, please email


If your daughter is on any prescribed medications, please clearly label them with all relevant details and hand them to travelling staff on departure.  


It is NOT recommended that your daughter bring over the counter medication. These may include paracetamol, antihistamines, anti-inflammatories, ibuprofen etc. We need to be aware of all and any medication given to students in our care. The Outdoor Ed staff member attending has wilderness first aid qualifications and there is a Silver Chain nurse in Coral Bay.


All meals will be provided and catered by St Hilda’s. Students will have the opportunity to supplement the meals by catching seafood.

If you have any further questions before enrolling, please contact the Outdoor Education department on 9285 4100 or

A link to the consent form will be sent out to parents in Term 1.