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Visitor information

​For detailed information on visiting the Abrolhos Islands, see the Abrolhos Islands Information Guide

Boat visitors

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 via the online notification form.

Notifications lodged via email will no longer be accepted as an approved way of notifying in accordance with regulation 113AA of the Fish Resources Management Regulations 1995. If you have any problems accessing or completing the online notification form, please contact the our Geraldton office on 9920 8400.

If you are boating at the Abrolhos, we highly recommend you take the latest nautical charts of Abrolhos waters with you.

Public moorings

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 

Skippers are advised to familiarise themselves with radio communications from the Abrolhos islands to the mainland as well as the rescue and support services overseeing the area.

We recommend that all boaters log on with Geraldton Volunteer Marine Rescue Association of WA on their departure and arrival to their destination, as well as their return trip. 

Two Marine VHF radio repeaters - one on Rat Island (Channel 81) and another on the Moresby Range (Channel 82) - are monitored by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services and the WA Volunteer Marine Rescue Group on a 24 hour, seven day a week rotation.

A Radio Communications Chart shows the nominal range of the various Marine VHF frequencies in use.

As an additional measure to shorten response times, visitors to the Islands should also log their trips with the Volunteer Marine Rescue Group.

The rescue group updates and broadcasts local waters forecasts three times per day at 07:15, 12:15 and 16:15 hours and monitors a 24/7 emergency telephone contact number - 0427 643 543.

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.

Jetties

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.

Dive trails

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.

Charter boats

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.   

Last modified: 1/09/2017 4:21 PM

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