Bring Your Own Boat Over to the Mackerel Islands

The Mackerel Islands offer excellent facilities and services for guests who arrive by their own private boat to explore the surrounding waters.

Our island team are ready to assist you in enjoying a safe and fun boating holiday.

Here's some essential boating info to read before you head out to sea to visit.

Thevenard Island

Update: Thevenard Island is now open for self-catered stays. The beachfront cabins (with kitchen and BBQ) and boat moorings can be booked. Island transfers from Onslow are operating twice per week on Tuesdays and Fridays. The island shop and activity hire centre are open. Some facilities and services are not available including the pool, gym and restaurant. We are running a “Dinner Under The Stars” casual beach dinner every Tuesday and Friday evening until October 2020 – pre-booking is essential on (08) 9184 6444 or [email protected].

  • 23 small boat moorings (up to 8.5m)
  • 2 deep boat moorings
  • Fuel available daily
  • Bait, tackle, ice, freezer storage
  • Shaded fish cleaning area
  • Radio base operating on Thevenard Island
  • VHF radio, channel 72
  • Safety support and Royal Flying Doctor services

Direction Island

Update: Direction Island is currently closed for the 2020 season.

  • 1 small boat mooring (up to 6m)
  • Radio base operating on Thevenard Island
  • VHF radio, channel 72
  • Safety support and Royal Flying Doctor services

Getting Here by Boat

The Onslow Beach Resort is your reception point when you first arrive in Onslow. Our friendly staff will provide you with the latest local weather and island check-in information to ensure you arrive safely and well equipped at your island destination.

Secure car and trailer parking is available on the mainland for $15 per night.

Thevenard Island boat mooring hire is available for $10 per night.

Direction Island boat mooring hire is complimentary for guests.

Launch your boat at the Onslow Boat Ramp, Beadon Creek Road. This is a good town facility but please remember it does get busy on the weekends with other users.

Thevenard Island Boat Directions

Drive slowly to the end of Beadon Creek and head 330 degrees for approx 22km / 12nM. You will notice a pair of channel markers identifying the mooring area. It is advisable to lift your outboards before entering as it is very shallow, especially during low tides. This is the only safe entry as a fringing coral reef system runs around the remaining part of the island.

The trip will take approximately 45 minutes.

21'27,960 S

115'01,519 E

Direction Island Boat Directions

Drive slowly out of Beadon Creek and head 350 degrees for approx 10km / 5.5nM. You will notice a pair of mooring buoys in front of the beach cabin marking safe water. It is important that you have your own GPS and sounder on to identify where the reef systems and shallow points are around the islands. Isolated bombies are present and skippers should proceed cautiously during low tides.

The trip will take approximately 20 minutes.

21'32,292 S

115'08,089 E

Hire Boats

If you don’t own a boat, but want to experience Thevenard Island’s marine playground for yourself, try one of our 4.6m plaka boats. The stable plaka boats are unsinkable and ideal for snorkelling, fly fishing, catching a fish for dinner or just exploring the surroundings. 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.

A recreational skipper’s ticket or equivalent is required for all hire boats. For more information see https://www.transport.wa.gov.au/imarine/recreational-skippers-ticket.asp or the Department of Transport, WA.

Fishing Charters

Update: Our fishing charters are cancelled for the 2020 and 2021 seasons due to Covid-19 social distancing requirements. Excellent fishing opportunities are still available at the Mackerel Islands where you can beach fish, hire a plaka boat or take your own boat over.

If you're keen to experience some awesome fishing action, we operate a brand new, 11m twin hull LeisureCat, powered by 300hp Yamaha outboards, purpose built for fishing the island waters. Our charter prices include our experienced and knowledgeable skipper and fishing guide, top end fishing gear, bait and tackle, and lunch onboard. See more.

Where to stay

For accommodation information see Mackerel Islands and Onslow for options to stay at the islands or on the mainland.