Idyllic island getaways offering blissful escapes
Western Australia’s idyllic island getaways offer blissful escapes to World Heritage listed wonders, Class A reserves, world-class fishing, diving and snorkelling, amazing marine life encounters and castaway adventures. Add these top Western Australian islands to your wish list.
Just a short ferry ride from Perth or Fremantle, Rottnest Island is a world away from city life. This little car-free Class A island reserve is Perth’s island getaway, where the locals come to play, swim, snorkel, dive, surf and fish. Bus or cycle around the island, coo at Australia’s cutest marsupial, the quokka, and choose your own little patch of paradise from 63 beautiful beaches and bays.
WA’s largest colony of little penguins invites you to their home on Penguin Island to get nearer to nature. A short ferry ride across the Shoalwater Island Marine Park, near Rockingham, brings you to the Penguin Island Discovery Centre to learn more about these little guys and meet their neighbours – nesting seabirds and rare Australian sea lions. Pack a picnic, your snorkel gear, or even a kayak.
One of 110 pristine islands that make up the Recherche Archipelago, near Esperance, Woody Island is a true ocean wilderness adventure. Cruise here on a day trip or camp overnight in safari tents and snorkel among sea dragons, meet the playful dolphins and sea lions and spot rare sea eagles.
The Abrolhos Islands
Rich in marine life and surrounded by 19 shipwrecks, the Abrolhos Islands are rated among the world’s top fishing spots and Australia’s best diving destinations. Sitting just 60 kilometres west of Geraldton, you can access these 122 coral fringed islands aboard a fishing or diving charter, or view their splendour on a scenic flight.
Dirk Hartog Island
In the aquamarine waters of the World Heritage Shark Bayarea you’ll find the island getaway of Dirk Hartog Island National Park. Renowned for its fishing, diving, snorkelling and four-wheel-drive adventures, it’s also a top spot for wildlife spotting. Keep eyes and ears open for rare burrowing frogs and white fairy wrens. Take your own boat, bring your 4WD across by barge or charter a flight.
Dampier Archipelago and Mackerel Islands
The 42 islands of the Dampier Archipelago form the most biodiverse marine environment in Western Australia, and lie just 45 kilometres off the coast from Dampier. Come fish, dive and snorkel the islands, or embark on a castaway adventure by renting your very own island paradise, Direction Island in the neighbouring Mackerel Islands.
Hop aboard a luxury Kimberley cruise or take to the air on a scenic flight and join the privileged few to have cast eyes upon the world’s only Horizontal Waterfalls in the Buccaneer Archipelago north of Broome. If you’re travelling by boat, you’ll also get to experience some out-of-this-world snorkelling and fishing in this spectacular untouched seascape of 1,000 tiny islands.
Any fishing, diving or snorkelling enthusiast who makes the overnight trip from Broome to the Rowley Shoals will tell you it’s worth the wait and effort. Here, on the edge of the continental shelf, more than 680 species of fish have made their home among 230-plus varieties of coral.