122 islands surrounded by coral communities teeming with marine life, the Abrolhos Islands are one of Western Australia's unique marine environments - a snorkelling, windsurfing and bird watching paradise that's also ranked among the world's top fishing spots.
Formerly known as Houtman Abrolhos, these Indian Ocean jewels sit just 60 kilometres west of Geraldton, making them an easily accessible must-do day trip. Scoot across the water by charter boat, fishing or eco tour from Geraldton or Kalbarri. Or hop aboard a scenic flight from Dongara, Kalbarri or Geraldton.
Three main clusters of islands stretch from north to south across 100 kilometres of ocean, including the Wallabi Group, Easter Group and Pelsaert Group. All fed by the warm southward-flowing Leeuwin Current, they are a meeting ground for all kinds of tropical and temperate sea life.
Keep a keen eye and a pair of binoculars handy and you're likely to spot some of the 90 plus seabird species that have been recorded here. Gaze in awe at huge breeding colonies feeding on schools of pelagic baitfish, and majestic white-breasted sea eagles cruising the skies to prey on smaller seabirds.
If you're adding the Abrolhos Islands to your itinerary, you'll need to base yourself in Geraldton, Kalbarri or Dongara, all of which offer a good range of budget to mid-range accommodation options.
To finish your Abrolhos Island experience in style, be sure to dine on the delicious local delicacy, fresh crayfish.
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