Mackerel Islands

Place Of Interest

Relax, explore and delight in the unexpected discoveries of the Mackerel Islands – 10 pristine droplets of land 22 kilometres off the coast of Onslow, Western Australia.

Watch determined sea turtles haul themselves up the beach to lay eggs, admire the kaleidoscope of tropical fish dart out of the coral garden while you snorkel, or test your skill and strength as you try and haul in a Red Emperor or Spanish Mackerel from Pilbara’s fishiest waters.

If you’re travelling the historical Warlu Way trail, the diversion out to coastal Onslow is 80 kilometres off the North-West Coastal Highway. From Onslow, the Mackerel Islands boat charter provides easy access to the islands, or bring your own boat and use the islands’ moorings.

Of the islands that comprise the Mackerels, two provide accommodation – Thevenard Island and Direction Island. You can organise day trips or extended holidays including dive and fishing charters, whale watching, four wheel drive adventure tours, guided snorkelling tours and more.

The beautiful untouched landscape of the Mackerel Islands offers a classical north-western Australian experience – a unique coastal expression of the Pilbara, where rugged adventure meets isolation at its most splendid.