Woody Island, Western Australia: The Island I Grew Up On


Not much has changed in 10 years, at least not on Woody Island in Esperance’s Recherche Archipelago.

In the 2017 holiday period, I returned to the island that I spent so many days of my childhood exploring. When I stepped from the boat onto the jetty, I was overwhelmed with memories and a profound feeling of connection to this little corner of the world.

I spent the following days of my return recreating film photographs from the late ’90s and early ’00s. Taking the images at the right time of day, and in the right location, was truly challenging. On the other hand, I had a blast reliving these moments.

I hope you enjoy giggling at these recreations as much as I enjoyed creating them!

Woody Island Esperance Western Australia

Woody Island Esperance Western Australia

Girls and their toys! I had to face my fears (and allergies) and sit right next to a bull ant nest to recreate this first photo. Pure fear in my eyes.

Woody Island Esperance Western Australia

Woody Island Esperance Western AustraliaSolar panels and flourishing flora, just what we love to see!

Woody Island Esperance Western Australia

Woody Island Esperance Western Australia

Some things may change but being sun smart should always stay the same!

Woody Island Esperance Western Australia

Woody Island Esperance Western AustraliaDid you notice? I still use the same snorkeling set!

Woody Island Esperance Western Australia

Woody Island Esperance Western Australia

The jetty was extended but clearly fashion hasn’t moved far. Basically wearing the same outfit as my pa!

Woody Island Esperance Western Australia

Woody Island Esperance Western Australia

No more wooden dive platform means no more splinters. Finally.

Woody Island Esperance Western Australia

Woody Island Esperance Western Australia
Always searching for marine life in the crystal clear water of Shearwater Bay. Did you notice that even the cracks in the rocks have stayed the same?

Woody Island Esperance Western Australia

Woody Island Esperance Western Australia

I am so grateful to have spent so many years visiting Woody Island and to have stayed so soon after the island reopened to visitors. It was a short adventure but it meant the world.

Which recreation made you giggle? My favourite is definitely the sunscreen face! Let me know in the comments below ๐Ÿ™Š




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