Mackerel Islands


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Discover the magic of the Mackerel Islands.

Escape to the Mackerel Islands for a holiday full of adventure and relaxation, just a 2-hour flight or 1,400km drive north of Perth. A collection of ten pristine islands and atolls scattered off the mid-coast of Western Australia, 22km from the mainland of Onslow, the Mackerel Islands welcome guests to two of these - Thevenard Island and Direction Island - with accommodation, facilities, activities and tours. Stay in a choice of beachfront cabins with stunning ocean views, or for the ultimate wilderness escape, rent your own island with a sole beach shack. Spot sea turtles, whales and dolphins, snorkel among colourful fish, jump on a kayak or SUP board, hire a boat and cruise around the bay, stargaze in awe while soaking up the quietness, or join our skipper on one of our sensational fishing charters. This is the amazing, off the beaten track experience you’ve been looking for.

Thevenard Island:

- 12x beachfront cabins (2, 3 or 5 bedroom)

- Guest laundry

- Island general store

- Activity hire centre - snorkel sets, kayaks, SUP boards, fishing rods, plaka boats, beach cricket and volleyball games

- 4WD tour bus

- Fishing, diving and whale watching charters

- Airstrip, boat moorings and boat fuel facilities

- State-of-the-art solar power and desalination plant providing fresh water

- Ferry transfers to and from Thevenard Island on Tuesdays and Saturdays

- Dinner Under the Stars on Tuesdays and Saturdays

Direction Island:

- Stay on your own private island - 1x sole, rustic 2 bedroom beach shack sleeping up to 8 people

- Equipped with a kitchen, dining area, 2 bedrooms, outdoor bathroom and an upstairs balcony with 180° degree views over the island and Indian Ocean

- The bedrooms each have a queen bed and a bunk bed

- Fresh water supply and solar power with a generator backup

- Nestled within its own coral reef and visited by sea turtles, dolphins, whales, stingrays, colourful fish, squid and tropical crays


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    Map & Directions

    Thevenard Island & Direction Island, Western Australia 6711


    The Mackerel Islands and Onslow are easy to access via Perth, Exmouth, Karratha or Broome. Options for getting here include travelling by road, air or boat. From Onslow, the Mackerel Islands are a short 45 minute ferry transfer across.

    By Road – Drive
    Perth to Onslow is a comfortable drive of about 1.5 days on fully sealed roads. Onslow sits almost right in the middle of Exmouth and Karratha, being a 4 hour drive north from Exmouth or 3 hour drive south from Karratha.

    Onslow Road runs about 80km off the North West Coastal Highway, which connects the main towns of Geraldton, Carnarvon, Exmouth, Karratha and Port Hedland, or off the Great Northern Highway which connects from Broome. If you’re adventuring through the stunning Karijini National Park, the Nanutarra Munjina Road will connect you with the N W Coastal Highway then Onslow Road, and takes approximately 5 hours drive time.

    Approximate Distances & Driving Times
    Perth to Onslow: 1,400km – 14 hours & 30 minutes
    Geraldton to Onslow: 965km – 9 hours & 45 minutes
    Carnarvon to Onslow: 495km – 5 hours
    Exmouth to Onslow: 400km – 4 hours
    Karratha to Onslow: 300km – 3 hours & 15 minutes
    Karijini National Park to Onslow: 450km – 5 hours & 30 minutes
    Port Hedland to Onslow: 540km – 5 hours & 30 minutes
    Broome to Onslow: 1,130km – 11 hours & 20 minutes

    By Air – Fly
    Virgin Australia flies daily from Perth to Onslow, making it a short 2 hour hop from Perth and the easiest way to get here.
    Qantas flies daily between Perth and Exmouth (Learmonth) or Perth and Karratha. Pick up a hire car for a mini road trip to Onslow.

    Private Aircraft
    Thevenard Island has a 1,000m brick paved airstrip. Should you require further information on airstrip access, please contact us.

    By Boat - Ferry Transfers
    Transfers to the Mackerel Islands depart 4 times per week (subject to weather conditions) from our private jetty in Onslow, bookings are essential.

    By Boat - Own Boat
    Bring your own boat and hire a mooring.

    Cancellation Policy

    A 25% deposit is required to confirm all bookings. The full balance is due 28 days prior to arrival.

    Bookings must be cancelled at least 28 days prior to arrival date to receive a full refund less 10% administration fee of monies paid. Cancellations made inside the 28 day period will not be issued with a refund. All no shows will be charged full payment.

    Group Bookings:
    Group bookings (10 or more rooms) must be cancelled at least 28 days prior to arrival date to receive a full refund less 10% administration fee of monies paid. Cancellations made inside the 28 day period will not be issued with a refund.

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