Onslow and the Mackerel Islands

Enjoying good weather all year round, Onslow in Western Australia (WA) is a pretty coastal town offering a relaxed holiday. It’s one of the few places where the sun rises and sets over water, and is the gateway to the Mackerel Islands. With access via sealed roads from Karratha, Exmouth, Carnarvon and Karijini, Onslow and the Mackerel Islands is the quintessential coastal expression of the Pilbara region.

Established in 1883, Onslow was originally home to a fleet of pearling luggers. Due to the movement of the river over the years, the town and many of its historic buildings were relocated in 1925 to the new township site.

Wander along the Onslow Boardwalk for spectacular sunrises and sunsets. Check out Mother Nature’s amazing monthly event, the Staircase to the Moon. Or visit the Goods Shed Museum and see its vast collection of old machinery and memorabilia.

The Mackerel Islands

The Mackerel Islands are located 22 kilometres off the Onslow coast. The surrounding reef system provides a valuable link for marine life between the  Ningaloo Reef to the south and the Dampier Archipelago, Montebello Islands and Rowley Shoals to the north.

Of the 10 islands that make up the Mackerels group, two provide accommodation - Thevenard Island and Direction Island. Join a Mackerel  Islands tour and explore this watery wonderland, or even rent an island all to yourself! See the Mackerel Island website for more details. 

Mackerel Islands Fishing

The waters surrounding the islands are teeming with a carnival of marine life, ideal for diving, snorkelling and fishing. The daily sightings in Pilbara’s fishiest waters includes red emperor, spangled emperor, golden trevally, giant trevally and coral trout. You can also try Onslow’s own fishing spots at the Groyne or
Four Mile Creek.

On Thevenard Island, the show continues with turtle hatchings, migratory birds and other amazing wildlife. Bring your own boat, or join a Mackerel Islands fishing or diving tour. For more information about booking
accommodation and tours of the Mackerel Islands and Onslow, contact Onslow Visitor Centre

  Fishing at the Mackerel Islands

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