Tours & Activities at the Mackerel Islands, Western Australia

Experience the magic of the Mackerel Islands through our range of tours and activities designed for a holiday full of sunshine, adventure and relaxation.

Explore the island, ocean and reefs, discover the incredible sea life teeming underwater, learn about our resident turtles, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

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Dinner Under The Stars

$25 per adult, $12.50 per child, kids under 5 free

Commencing 30th June 2020! Available until October 2020 on Tuesday and Friday evenings.
Pre booking essential

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Sunset 4WD Tour Mackerel Islands

Sunset 4WD Trip

Free activity

2 hours. Operates all year

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Turtles Mackerel Islands

Turtle Interaction

Free self-guided activity using the Turtle Watchers Code of Conduct

Available all year

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Whale Watching Mackerel Islands

Whale Watching

Included in your Island Transfers!

45 minutes during transfers. July - August

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Bird Watching

Free self-guided activity

Available all year

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Beach Cricket Mackerel Islands

Beach Sports

Free use of equipment

Available all year

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Boat Hire Mackerel Islands

Plaka Boat Hire

$150 half day, $240 full day
Includes fuel and launching

Requires a recreational skipper's licence

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Kayaking Mackerel Islands

Kayak Hire

$25 half day, $50 full day

Available all year

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SUP Boarding Mackerel Islands

Stand Up Paddle Board Hire

$30 half day, $60 full day

Available all year

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Body Boarding Mackerel Islands

Body Board Hire

$10 per day

Available all year

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Snorkelling Mackerel Islands

Snorkel Hire

$10 per day

Available all year

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Fishing Mackerel Islands

Fishing Rod Hire

$20 per day

Available all year

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Fishing Mackerel Islands

Fishing Charter

Departing Thevenard:
$350 per person own line,
$500 per 2 people share line

Full day. Operates all year

Update: Fishing Charters are cancelled for the 2020 and 2021 seasons due to Covid-19

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Beach Fishing

Use your own fishing rod or hire one from us

Available all year
Head to the island jetty, east end or back beach for awesome land based fishing. Try for Trevally, Queenfish, Threadfin Salmon, Mangrove Jack, Spanish Flag, Emperor, Cod, Bluebone, Coral Trout, Longtom and Squid!

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Family Travel Mackerel Islands

Bookings

To book a tour or activity hire, visit the island general store on arrival, or see our crew at the Dinner Under the Stars

 

Dinner Under The Stars

$25 per adult, $12.50 per child, kids under 5 free

Available 30 June - 30 October 2020 on Tuesday and Friday evenings

Join us for a yummy casual beach dinner! We're hosting regular social events on Tuesday and Friday evenings on Thevenard Island. Our most popular event and highly recommended! Pre-booking is essential via (08) 9184 6444 or [email protected].

Sunset 4WD Trip

Free activity

2 hours. Operates all year

Head out on a 4WD bus trip with our driver to the West Side of Thevenard Island to watch the sun sink below the ocean's horizon as the sky lights up with reds, oranges, pinks and yellows.  

On the way, spot the island's distinctive osprey bird nests.

Make sure you bring along some refreshments and nibbles and take advantage of some spectacular photo opportunities. This is particularly good at low tide when the exposed reef provides amazing exploring opportunities.

Turtle Interaction

Free self-guided activity

You will be provided with a Turtle Watchers Code of Conduct and some useful information on the types of turtles you will see during your stay and how best to see them! All conveniently located in your cabin's compendium.

Learn about the lifecycle of the Mackerel Islands sea turtles and the conservation program run by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA), then head out on a field trip to see and interact with the turtles.

Our very special turtle season occurs each summer, when flatback, hawksbill, loggerhead and green turtles come home to the islands to mate, dig nests in the sand dunes and lay eggs. After incubating for around 6-10 weeks, the baby hatchlings dig to the surface and scurry to the ocean.

Every year DBCA and volunteers monitor a 1.5km stretch of beach on Thevenard Island for flatback turtles. They apply flipper tags, a PIT tag/ID chip, take length and width measurements of the shell, and a biopsy sample from the rear flipper. They also count turtle tracks to identify which species the tracks belongs to. This important work helps to protect populations of flatbacks - the only marine turtle species that nest exclusively in Australia - listed as vulnerable under Australia's Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Watch a short video about the island's flatback turtles here and check out the very interesting site that shows our satellite tracked turtles here.

More info about the conservation program here and marine turtles in Western Australia here.

Read the Turtle Watching Code of Conduct Guidelines here.

Whale Watching

Included in your Island Transfers

45 minutes during transfers. July - August

The Mackerel Islands are visited by various species of whales during their migration and calving season, July to August every year. If you book an island transfer during these months, you will have the opportunity to observe these magnificent gentle giants in the wild on the ocean crossing.

Each winter, hundreds of humpback whales leave Antarctica to migrate northwards to warmer waters along the coast of Australia to breed and calve, before heading back to their feeding grounds in the polar waters of the Antarctic. Other species you might see include the pilot whale, false killer whale, sei whale and bryde’s whale.

It is common for island guests to have continuous whale sightings and view awe-inspiring whale behaviour like blowing, breaching and tail slapping.

Bird Watching

Free self-guided activity

Available all year

Bring your binoculars and explore the island on foot to discover the fascinating bird life in residence.

On Thevenard Island, 24 species of land birds have been recorded and up to 31 species of migratory birds, including kestrels, quails, godwits, plovers, sandpipers and harriers. Some birds migrate from remote northern hemisphere locations as far as Siberia, and are protected by international treaties. Seabirds, such as terns and shearwaters, nest on the island from October to January.

Beach Cricket & Volleyball

Free activity

Available all year

Head to Thevenard Island's tour and activity hire centre to pick up equipment for beach games with your friends or family.

Plaka Boat Hire

$150 half day, $240 full day, includes fuel and launching

Half or full day hire. Requires a recreational skipper's licence

Explore the waters surrounding the Mackerel Islands yourself on our 4.6m plaka boats. These stable boats are unsinkable and ideal for snorkelling, fly fishing, catching a fish or crayfish for dinner or just getting out on the water. Comfortably seating up to 4 adults, or 2 adults and 2-3 kids, they make a great day out. All safety gear is on board, with GPS, sounder and shade awnings.

Kayak Hire

$25 half day, $50 full day

Available all year

Single or double kayaks available. Get fit and have fun exploring and discovering different areas, bays, beaches and coral reef systems around the Mackerel Islands. See colourful fish from above the water. You could even come across turtles, stingrays and dolphins!

Stand Up Paddle Board Hire

$30 half day, $60 full day

Available all year

Try out your skills and improve your balance and core strength. Get fit and have fun exploring and discovering different areas, bays, beaches and coral reef systems around the Mackerel Islands. See colourful fish from above the water. You could even come across turtles, stingrays and dolphins!

Body Board Hire

$10 per day

Available all year

Body boards with underwater viewing panels, ideal for kids. Have fun exploring and discovering different areas, bays, beaches and coral reef systems around the Mackerel Islands. See colourful fish from above the water. You could even come across turtles, stingrays and dolphins!

Snorkel Hire

$10 per day

Available all year

Swim out from the beach and snorkel over the fringing coral reef situated close to shore, to see a kaleidoscope of tropical fish, crabs and marine life. A hypnotic seascape will drift and roll around you in the calm waters of the bay. The Mackerel Islands are teeming with beautiful sea creatures and opportunities for underwater photos or videos.

Fishing Rod Hire

$20 per day

Available all year

Try your hand at beach or jetty fishing, squid jigging, or reef walking at low tide for octopus, in the Pilbara's fishiest waters. If luck's on your side, you could land a catch to cook up a seafood feast at your beachfront cabin. You could even fillet and take home some 5 star species the Mackerel Islands are famous for.

Fishing Charter

Update: Fishing Charters are cancelled for the 2020 and 2021 seasons due to Covid-19

Departing Thevenard: $350 per person own line, $500 per 2 people share line

Full day. Operates all year

Specialised skipper and guide for the experience of a lifetime - we'll get you to the best fishing grounds in the Pilbara fast, in comfort and style. Our new, custom built 11m twin hull LeisureCat, powered by 300hp Yamaha outboards, is fitted out with marlin poles, toilet/shower and the latest electronics.

Our charters include up to 8 hours on the water, morning tea, lunch, water, soft drinks and ice, top quality Shimano gear, bait and tackle, overhead reels, spinning combos and game rods, plus fish cleaned, filleted and bagged.

Fish a variety of styles to suit conditions - game fishing, sportfishing, bottom fishing, trolling, sight casting, lure flicking, stick baiting, GT popping, deep water jigging, snorkelling for crays.

Mackerel Islands Fishing Charters are renowned for Red Emperor, Rankin Cod, Gold Band, Coral Trout, Spanish Mackerel, Wahoo, Yellowfin Tuna, Amberjack, Jobfish, Pearl Perch, Giant Trevally, Queenfish, Ruby Snapper, Marlin, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Squid and Tropical Crayfish.

Beach Fishing

Use your own fishing rod or hire one from us

Available all year

You don't need a boat to enjoy fishing on the island, our land based fishing is also awesome! Head to one of these spots:

Island Jetty
You can fish here all day, but high tide, first light and last light are the best times.
Try Halco twisty lures for Trevally, Queenfish and Threadfin Salmon.
Species such as Mangrove Jack, Spanish Flag, Emperor, Cod and Bluebone can be caught using either squid or mulies as bait.
A simple rig often works best, such as having a ball sinker on some 20-30lb leader, running straight down to your hook.
Squid come to the jetty, especially at night - ask a staff member for assistance in turning on the generator for the floodlight.

East End
Off the point, in front of the sandbags, is a good spot to try for Emperor, Bluebone, Cod and Coral Trout.
You may also encounter Trevally and Queenfish.
Keep your rig simple, with a ball sinker running to your hook, or a small lure.

Back Beach
High tide works best here.
Cast lures for Trevally and Queenfish.
Spangled Emperor can be caught with squid for bait at the western-most point.
You may also catch Longtom, Bluebone and small sharks.