Situated 60 kilometres off the Western Australian coast, the spectacular Abrolhos Islands can be reached in a variety of ways. Cross the water by charter boat, fishing tour or ecotour from Geraldton or Kalbarri, or take to the skies aboard a scenic flight from Dongara, Kalbarri or Geraldton.
Once you’ve reached your destination, glide across the water on a windsurfer or come face-to-face with a relic from Western Australia’s rich marine history at a 400-year-old shipwreck site. Resting at the bottom of the pristine Indian Ocean, the mighty Batavia is the state’s number-one dive spot and can be accessed as part of a charter boat tour or on a self-guided dive trail.
The warm waters of the Leeuwin Current create an island paradise for an array of sea life. Put on a snorkel and spot baldchin groper, coral trout and dhufish as they dart between the seagrasses – but don’t forget to keep an eye out for dolphins, sea lions and migrating whales.
When it’s time to drift to the surface, a host of birdwatching and nature-spotting opportunities await. See breeding seabirds such as noddies, shearwaters and terns tending their nests while Tammar wallabies hop between native pink heath and saltbush.
As a top-ranked fishing spot, the Abrolhos Islands are the perfect place to cast a line or pull up a lobster pot. Crayfish is a local delicacy, and it tastes even more delicious when you’ve caught it yourself.