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Abrolhos Islands

Abrolhos Islands

24 March 2021

The Abrolhos Islands (also known as the Houtman Abrolhos Islands) lie about 86 kilometres south-west of Kalbarri and consist of 122 islands clustered into three main groups: the Wallabi Group, Easter Group and Pelsaert Group, which extend from north to south across 100 kilometres of ocean.

The Islands and their surrounding coral reef communities form one of Western Australia's unique marine environments.

Nature lovers know the Abrolhos Islands for the fishing, diving, snorkelling and bird watching. The Islands were declared as National Park by the West Australian government in 2019. Infamously, in 1629, the Batavia was shipwrecked on the islands, followed by a mutiny - one of the worst horror stories in maritime history.

The Abrolhos Islands lie almost directly in the path of the Leeuwin Current, which draw warm, low-salt tropical water southwards along the coast of Western Australia. This results in an array of unique marinelife and wildlife.  Some refer to it as the Galapagos Islands of the Indian Ocean!

There are an abundance of activities on the Abrolhos Islands suited to a variety of interests, including:

  • bird watching
  • marine and wildlife spotting
  • fishing
  • swimming
  • snorkelling
  • diving
  • or simply relaxing in the natural surrounds!

Bird Watching

Home to around 100 species of bird, the vast majority are seabirds, which rely on schools of baitfish for their food.  Look for the white breasted sea eagles, which are protected under Australian law.  Don't forget your binoculars!

Tammar WallabyMarine and Wildlife Spotting

The Islands are indigenous to a number of land mammals, including the cute Tammar Wallaby (pictured right). These marsupials have learned to adapt to their very remote island habitat and survive on seawater where no fresh water is available.

Other wildlife includes lizards, skinks, snakes and dwarf bearded dragons.

Marine life is abundant due to the warm Leewin Current with sea lions basking in the sun on the coral beaches or playing in the island waters.  Dolphins, orca and green turtles have also been sighted, along with various whales - the humpback, southern right and bryde's.  Migration season occurs between April and October.

Fishing

The Abrolhos Islands' abundant waters are home to some of the ocean's most prized eating fish, including:

  • baldchin groper
  • dhufish
  • snapper
  • coral trout
  • emperor fish

The islands are also home to a significant western rock lobster (crayfish) industry.

Snorkelling and Diving

Treacherous reefs surround the islands, claiming many ships over the years.  The Batavia, mentioned above, is just one.  Some of the best snorkelling and diving in the world can be found on the Abrolhos Islands. Spectalular corals and fish await you in this underwater wonderland.

Getting There

You can get to the Abrolhos Islands via a scenic flight from Kalbarri airport, on the east side of the town.  Please contact our friendly office staff for further information.

Click here for the Abrolhos Islands Google location map.

Also, check out our other Things to Do in the Kalbarri Area.

We look forward to welcoming you to Kalbarri Beach Resort.

Book now for a holiday to remember.

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