Events at the Mackerel Islands, Western Australia
Check out our latest events below, where you’re sure to find something perfect for you! From fishing to diving, health and wellness, retreats, unique dining experiences, or just something to do while you’re holidaying with us.
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TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE
18 – 21 April 2023
On 20th April 2023, a rare hybrid solar eclipse will occur. Only able to be seen in a handful of places in the world, Thevenard Island in Western Australia will be one without the crowds! Located just 45 minutes by boat from Onslow (north of Exmouth/Ningaloo), this is your chance to be under the path of totality and experience a phenomenal event as it tracks over the North West cape.
● 3 night’s accommodation in a beachfront cabin
● All meals, including a long table dinner on the beach
● Selected drinks
● Daily activities and tours, non-motorised equipment
● Return boat transfers from Onslow
● 4WD bus transfer to the island’s West End on the Eclipse Day
About this holiday package:
This package will give you a rare opportunity to see and experience a total solar eclipse without the crowds, from a secluded beach on a small, unique island. The West End of Thevenard Island falls within the path of totality for approximately 16 seconds. You’ll get to stay in a beachfront cabin and live a slice of island life for 3 nights, with snorkelling, kayaking, paddle boarding, beach fishing, sunset cruises, stargazing and other activities included! The island is a gazetted nature reserve, brimming with birdlife, turtles, dolphins, rays, colourful tropical fish and more. With a front row seat to view the Eclipse, you’ll be one of a lucky few who get to witness this once-in-a-lifetime event of the sun, moon and earth aligning, feel the sudden rush of darkness into totality, and the full awe of nature.
Departing Onslow Tuesday 18th April, returning Friday 21st April 2023
3 nights from $1,650 per person
2020 WESTERN ANGLER SEAFARI
29 August – 6 September 2020
One of the most popular ways to fish the Mackerel Islands is to join a ‘Seafari’ – there are several of these each year which see a flotilla of trailerboats travel in convoy to the islands and fish there for a week.
The beauty of a Seafari is safety in numbers, but also being able to benefit from the knowledge of others to ensure you have a successful trip.
Western Angler is running a Seafari to Thevenard Island from August 29 to September 6 this year, email [email protected] for more details.
WESTERN ANGLER SEAFARI
11-17 August 2019
Western Angler’s annual trip to the Mackerel Islands was an outstanding success. The fishing was as exceptional as ever, while all 60 or so anglers loved the comfortable accommodation, great meals and friendly service from the island crew.
As always there were plenty of spanish mackerel to 25 kilos caught, along with a handful of shark mackerel and a few wahoo.
Fishing in close around the islands produced queenfish, trevally of various species and spangled emperor, along with the odd coral trout.
Better trout were taken in slightly deeper water, along with rankin cod and red emperor to 11 kilos.
Those who went wider again found ruby snapper and gold-band snapper in decent numbers.
Former Docker and Magpie James Clement was the special guest and had a ball casting lures from the Western Angler project boat Westerberg Bandit. He caught many good fish and reckons Thevenard is just about the best fishing destination in WA.
Next year’s trip will be from August 29-September 6, email [email protected] for more details.
SCUBA DIVING EXPERIENCE15-18 October 2017
We’ve partnered with Pilbara Dive and Tours to bring you an amazing diving experience at the Mackerel Islands, one of the most magical dive playgrounds around. Explore coral reefs and bombies and see colourful fish and marine life like turtles, dolphins, gropers, reef sharks, stingrays, wobbegongs, sea snakes, trevally schools, snapper, pearl perch, fusiliers, bat fish and silver drummers.
You’ll get to stay 3 nights on Thevenard Island with all meals included and do 4 exhilarating boat dives with an experienced PADI dive instructor.
PASSION OF THE PILBARA FESTIVAL8-10 September 2017
The 2017 Passion of the Pilbara saw the festival extended out to a massive three days of fun and we had a ball hosting Day 3 of POP on Sunday 10 September here on Thevenard Island!
A boat trip + barefoot beach bar + magic weather + celebrity chefs + live acoustic music = an unmissable recovery party like no other!
Families, friends and couples spent the day swimming, paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkelling and taking tours across the island to back beach.
POP celebrity chefs Pete Manifis and Anna Gare showcased their skills with cooking demos and a delicious BBQ lunch on the beach, while the talented Mikey Smith belted out live acoustic tunes.
A fun and chilled out day of awesome food, music, sunshine and good vibes – we can’t wait to do it again!
WOMEN’S WELLNESS PILATES RETREAT16-19 June 2017
Our sold-out inaugural Women’s Wellness Pilates Retreat, hosted by pilates trainer Wendy Drew from XS Energy Pilates Studio, was a fantastic 3 days of healthy fun in the sun.
The retreat featured daily pilates sessions and guided meditation, plus workshops, spa treatments, cooking demonstrations and a range of water and land based island activities like snorkelling, SUP boarding, plaka boating, fishing, swimming and beach walks.
Guests stayed on Thevenard Island in beachfront cabins and a night at the Onslow Beach Resort in executive suites.
The retreat will be running again in 2018, check back for details.
FERVOR AUSTRALIAN POP-UP DINING EXPERIENCE
WA Day Long Weekend
2-3 June 2017
Fervor are taking Australia by storm with their innovative dining expeditions, merging their passion for creating divine food in spectacular locations using fresh ingredients, locally sourced, foraged, indigenous produce.
Led by executive chef, Paul Iskov, Fervor was established with the aim of providing a “culinary experience you can’t get anywhere else”. We were super proud to be collaborating with the Fervor crew at the Mackerel Islands.
Held on the WA Day long weekend, the Fervor Pop-Up Dining Experience on Thevenard Island was the most unique way to celebrate our extraordinary state.
The dinner comprised of an unforgettable 8-course degustation meal on the beach, under the stars, and included fresh seafood caught from the island’s ocean waters.
Guests got to taste and dine on beautiful food crafted right before their eyes, paired with wines and beer in the pristine surrounds of the island, then a stay overnight in our super comfy accommodation, awakening to soak up the calming island vibe.
“An Australian experience unlike anything you can imagine.”