Duyfken 2016 Dirk Hartog Commemorative Voyage and Exhibition

Dutchman Dirk Hartog and his crew became the first Europeans to walk on Western Australian soil when they landed on an island just north of Shark Bay in 1616. 

This year the Duyfken replica – a rare reproduction of typical Dutch trading vessels of Hartog’s time – will be central to the 400th commemoration of this significant event in Western Australian history.

From 18 August this year, the ship will undertake a ten-week, 1000-kilometre journey that will call in at seven ports – Bunbury, Mandurah, Hillarys Boat Harbour, Jurien Bay, Dongara, Geraldton and Denham.

Tour the Duyfken replica

Members of the public and school children will have a rare opportunity to interact with the Duyfken replica, a floating museum built specifically to tell the compelling and relatively unknown story of European contact with Australia in the 1600s.

You will also learn how Dutchmen, such as Dirk Hartog, made a major contribution to the mapping of Australia's coastline from as early as 1606. 

When you tour the ship, you are transported back in time. Visitors can interact with sailing and navigational equipment used 400 years ago to traverse thousands of kilometres across the globe with great accuracy. You will also learn firsthand of the harsh living conditions endured by sailors of the era as well as their tremendous courage and tenacity in the face of great uncertainty.

Opportunities to tour the ship are limited and demand is expected to be high during the commemorative voyage. To secure a tour on the ship, you are advised to book now.


Bunbury Mandurah Hillarys Jurien Bay Dongara Geraldton Denham Fremantle
22 Aug - 4 Sep 5 - 14 Sep 15 - 27 Sep 29 Sep - 3 Oct 5 - 7 Oct 8 - 16 Oct 20 - 23 Oct Nov (TBC)


Duyfken Exhibition Ship Tours

Adults: $12.75
Kids (5-16 yrs): $5.10

Duyfken Pirate Days

Family Pass: $25.50 (Admits 5: 2A + 3K or 1A + 4K)
Adults: $7.65
Kids: (5-16yrs): $5.10


General public bookings >>
School bookings >>

Free dockside exhibition

An exhibition marquee will be open to everyone who visits the ship berth. The exhibition will showcase the history of Duyfken Replica from concept and construction using centuries-old techniques through to its voyages throughout the world and around Australia. Entry is free. 

Event partners

The Duyfken 1606 Replica Foundation is proud to acknowledge the following event partners:

More Information

2016 Shark Bay Festiva
Dirk Hartog 2016 website Kingdom of the Netherlands
Dirk Hartog 400th Anniversary Facebook Page
Dirk Hartog 400-year Commemorations - WA Government
Nederlandse ontdekkingsreizigers in Australië