For detailed information on visiting the Abrolhos Islands, see the Abrolhos Islands Information Guide.
For public safety and the management of environmental values of the Abrolhos, it is a regulatory requirement that the Master of a boat must not travel to the Abrolhos Fish Habitat Protection Area at any time unless the Department is notified.
A notification can be made by completing the Department's online notification form. A paper based copy of this form is available from the Department’s Geraldton office (08) 9920 8499.
If you are boating at the Abrolhos, we highly recommend you take the latest nautical charts of Abrolhos waters with you.
Public moorings are located within each of the island groups. For more information, visit mooring locations. There is no reservation system for public moorings – please do not rely on moorings being available.
Protecting the islands from pests and diseases
One of the greatest threats to the species living on and around the islands is the introduction of marine and terrestrial plants, animals and diseases that do not naturally occur there. The most common way that these pests and diseases can arrive is via people – on the hulls of vessels and in camping, fishing and dive gear.
To help stop the spread of marine pests and diseases, boat skippers are urged to follow our CLEAN vessel policy before they leave for the islands. Skippers carrying marine pests into the Abrolhos Islands could be in breach of the Fish Resources Management Act 1994 and regulations made under the Act.
Keep an eye out for new and unusual species. If you think you have found or seen a marine pest or disease please report it to our FishWatch 24-hour hotline on 1800 815 507, or through the WA PestWatch app.
To avoid introducing terrestrial pests and diseases, check everything you bring to the islands prior to travelling. Pay particular attention to backpacks and bags, clothing, sleeping bags, foot wear and food containers, checking for animals (especially rodents), insects, plants, soil and seeds.
Health and emergency services
Health and emergency services at the Abrolhos Islands during the peak season are provided by Silver Chain, with support from the local community.
For more information on accessing these services, or to give a donation to support them, please visit the Silver Chain website.
Camps and Body Corporate land
The people who live at the Abrolhos are a community of fishers and aquaculture farmers. Their houses, jetties and associated infrastructure are private property.
As with any private property, you must not trespass on this Body Corporate land. For permission to access the Body Corporate land contact the Department’s Geraldton office on (08) 9920 8400.
The only public jetty is at East Wallabi Island, and this may only be used to embark or disembark passengers from the East Wallabi airstrip.
All other jetties are private property. Visitors require the written permission of the jetty owner to utilise a jetty.
If you’re diving at the Abrolhos, check out the dive trails:
Long Island Dive Trail
Beacon Island Dive Trail
Turtle Bay Dive Trail
Anemone Lump Dive Trail
Coral Patches Dive Trail
Morley Island Dive Trail
Rootail Coral Dive Trail
There are public moorings adjacent to most dive trails.
See the Abrolhos Islands Information Guide for information and maps of the dive trails.
To operate a charter boat at the Abrolhos, you must hold a West Coast Fishing Tour Operator’s Licence or an Aquatic Eco-tourism Operator’s Licence for the West Coast region.
If you would like to charter a boat to the Abrolhos, there are a number of operators departing from Geraldton, the closest town to the Abrolhos.