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Mackerel Islands


From $110

3.5 star

Discover the magic of the Mackerel Islands.

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For assistance with your booking call 1300 885 775 (+61 8 9460 4900)


Arrival Time: 14:00|Departure Time: 10:00
Hours: 7:00am to 7:00pm (Mon-Sat) / 8:00am to 6:00pm (Sun)


Escape to the Mackerel Islands for a holiday full of adventure and relaxation, just a 2-hour flight or 1,400km drive north of Perth. A collection of ten pristine islands and atolls scattered off the mid-coast of Western Australia, 22km from the mainland of Onslow, the Mackerel Islands welcome guests to two of these - Thevenard Island and Direction Island - with accommodation, facilities, activities and tours. Stay in a choice of beachfront cabins with stunning ocean views, or for the ultimate wilderness escape, rent your own island with a sole beach shack. Spot sea turtles, whales and dolphins, snorkel among colourful fish, jump on a kayak or SUP board, hire a boat and cruise around the bay, stargaze in awe while soaking up the quietness, or join our skipper on one of our sensational fishing charters. This is the amazing, off the beaten track experience you’ve been looking for.

Thevenard Island:

- 12x beachfront cabins (2, 3 or 5 bedroom)

- Guest laundry

- Island general store

- Activity hire centre - snorkel sets, kayaks, SUP boards, fishing rods, plaka boats, beach cricket and volleyball games

- 4WD tour bus

- Fishing, diving and whale watching charters

- Airstrip, boat moorings and boat fuel facilities

- State-of-the-art solar power and desalination plant providing fresh water

- Ferry transfers to and from Thevenard Island on Tuesdays and Saturdays

- Dinner Under the Stars on Tuesdays and Saturdays

Direction Island:

- Stay on your own private island - 1x sole, rustic 2 bedroom beach shack sleeping up to 8 people

- Equipped with a kitchen, dining area, 2 bedrooms, outdoor bathroom and an upstairs balcony with 180° degree views over the island and Indian Ocean

- The bedrooms each have a queen bed and a bunk bed

- Fresh water supply and solar power with a generator backup

- Nestled within its own coral reef and visited by sea turtles, dolphins, whales, stingrays, colourful fish, squid and tropical crays

Cancellation Policy

We understand plans can change, so here are our conditions and policies

A 25% deposit is required to confirm all bookings. The full balance is due 28 days prior to arrival.

Bookings must be cancelled at least 28 days prior to arrival date to receive a full refund less 10% administration fee of monies paid. Cancellations made inside the 28 day period will not be issued with a refund. All no shows will be charged full payment.

Group Bookings:
Group bookings (10 or more rooms) must be cancelled at least 28 days prior to arrival date to receive a full refund less 10% administration fee of monies paid. Cancellations made inside the 28 day period will not be issued with a refund.


Thevenard Island & Direction Island, Western Australia 6711


The Mackerel Islands and Onslow are easy to access via Perth, Exmouth, Karratha or Broome. Options for getting here include travelling by road, air or boat. From Onslow, the Mackerel Islands are a short 45 minute ferry transfer across.

By Road – Drive
Perth to Onslow is a comfortable drive of about 1.5 days on fully sealed roads. Onslow sits almost right in the middle of Exmouth and Karratha, being a 4 hour drive north from Exmouth or 3 hour drive south from Karratha.

Onslow Road runs about 80km off the North West Coastal Highway, which connects the main towns of Geraldton, Carnarvon, Exmouth, Karratha and Port Hedland, or off the Great Northern Highway which connects from Broome. If you’re adventuring through the stunning Karijini National Park, the Nanutarra Munjina Road will connect you with the N W Coastal Highway then Onslow Road, and takes approximately 5 hours drive time.

Approximate Distances & Driving Times
Perth to Onslow: 1,400km – 14 hours & 30 minutes
Geraldton to Onslow: 965km – 9 hours & 45 minutes
Carnarvon to Onslow: 495km – 5 hours
Exmouth to Onslow: 400km – 4 hours
Karratha to Onslow: 300km – 3 hours & 15 minutes
Karijini National Park to Onslow: 450km – 5 hours & 30 minutes
Port Hedland to Onslow: 540km – 5 hours & 30 minutes
Broome to Onslow: 1,130km – 11 hours & 20 minutes

By Air – Fly
Virgin Australia flies daily from Perth to Onslow, making it a short 2 hour hop from Perth and the easiest way to get here.
Qantas flies daily between Perth and Exmouth (Learmonth) or Perth and Karratha. Pick up a hire car for a mini road trip to Onslow.

Private Aircraft
Thevenard Island has a 1,000m brick paved airstrip. Should you require further information on airstrip access, please contact us.

By Boat - Ferry Transfers
Transfers to the Mackerel Islands depart 4 times per week (subject to weather conditions) from our private jetty in Onslow, bookings are essential.

By Boat - Own Boat
Bring your own boat and hire a mooring.



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Guest Ratings

Rated by 3 guests
Thevenard Escape
Just spent 8 days on the Island - fantastic escape from the pressures of life. The wildlife was breathtaking; turtles, ospreys, Crayfish, fish, coral - brilliant! If you like wandering around bare foot and feral not having to get dressed up - Thevenard is for you!

We loved our stay, the team who run this place are all fantastic, thoughtful, and very cheerful. The beach cottage was very well equipped and very comfortable with great views. An amazing spot, crystal clear water, lots of marine life- in one day we saw whales, dolphins, turtles, Rays and plenty of fish. Great snorkelling too. We felt like we had the whole island to ourselves , yet there were other guests staying. Use if SUP boards , canoes and fishing rods was also appreciated.

Shaygaz M
Amazing people and place
Staff were outstanding, Rooms were nice and clean, friendly and relaxing over the island even if the weather blew up so fishing was a bit hard to do, have been a local to Onslow for the last 2 years and have never been over to the Island, now our fishing adventures will be a lot shorter, recommend for both locals and anyone coming to or stopping in Onslow, Would Highly recommend Peter/Jade/Karly/Franky/Ark and Simmo, Even arrived over the Island and someone was waiting there ready to take excess luggage. 5 Star for service. We'll be back!