MACKEREL ISLANDS

Western Australia’s Best Kept Secret 

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See amazing marine life up close

For the island holiday of your life, go wild on the Mackerel Islands!

The Mackerel Islands are a collection of 10 pristine islands and atolls scattered off the mid-coast of Western Australia, 22km from the mainland at Onslow, or approximately 1,400km north of Perth, in the spectacular Pilbara region. Two of the islands welcome guests – Thevenard Island and Direction Island – with accommodation, facilities and activities.

Watch sea turtles haul themselves up the beach to lay eggs, glimpse dolphins and whales playing in the blue-green waters, admire the kaleidoscope of colourful fish, crabs and stingrays among the coral reefs while you snorkel, or reel in the catch of your life from the Pilbara’s fishiest waters. Then as the sun goes down and the night sky lights up with a dusting of silver, you can simply stargaze in awe and breathe in the quietness. This is the amazing, off the beaten track experience you have been looking for.

The Onslow Beach Resort has a tour desk and booking services putting an unmissable Mackerel Islands experience at your fingertips! Add a few nights staying on the islands when planning your trip to Onslow. You can book your accommodation and ferry transfers with us, plus fishing, diving and whale watching boat charters (in season), and island activities like kayaking, SUP boarding and snorkelling.

Now that’s an island escape you’ll cherish forever.

Visit the Mackerel Islands website

 
 

Accommodation

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Relax in a beachfront cabin

Whether you’re seeking a family holiday, a group getaway, a castaway-style adventure or a romantic retreat, you’ll find your ideal escape at the Mackerel Islands. This is the place to reconnect with loved ones, where you can experience true relaxation or be as active as you like surrounded by sand, water and nature.

Go wild in style on Thevenard Island in a choice of two, three, or five bedroom beachfront cabins overlooking the bay with stunning ocean views, or club village single and double rooms for the more budget conscious.

For the ultimate wilderness experience, rent your own island with a sole beach shack on Direction Island. Nestled within its own coral reef, you can have the entire island to yourself to explore with up to eight of your family and friends.

Check out the accommodation on the Mackerel Islands

 
 

Fishing, Diving and Whale Watching Charters

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Fishing charter success!

Discover the incredible sea life in the waters surrounding the Mackerel Islands, with turtles, dolphins, whales, dugongs (sea cows) stingrays, reef sharks, crays and HUGE fish, plus many more wildlife species.

Small groups allow everyone a piece of the action and a unique, tailored adventure. The expert Mackerel Islands crew are solely devoted to your adventure – with many a tale to tell and tips to share, this is one charter to get excited about!

Charters include:

  • Personalised groups
  • Flexible departure times
  • Professional skipper
  • On-board lunch
  • Families or groups

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BYO Boat

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Boat moorings close to beachfront cabins

If you have your own boat, we offer excellent services for guests to explore the Mackerel Islands for a hassle-free, fun getaway.

With awesome fishing just a short distance from the islands, plus moorings, boat fuel and supplies, your days at the Mackerels will be smooth sailing. To cap it off our crew will be there to welcome you back to shore safely.

Ferry Transfers

We operate daily ferry transfers (subject to weather conditions and demand) departing from our private departure jetty at Beadon Creek, Onslow. The boat trip takes 20 minutes to Direction Island and 45 minutes to Thevenard Island.

Bookings for boat moorings or ferry transfers are essential.

Getting to the Mackerel Islands

 
 

Reservations

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Kids just love the Mackerel Islands!

Speak to our friendly reservations team to find out more or make a booking for your unique adventure holiday.

Call +61 8 9184 6444 or email [email protected].