30 May 2023

By guest blogger Emma Shaw.

Sitting 60 kilometres off the coast of Geraldton, Western Australia is the archipelago known as the Houtman Abrolhos Islands, or more commonly, the Abrolhos Islands. Made up of 122 islands, divided into three main groups, the Wallabi Group, Easter Group and Pelsaert Group, the Abrolhos Islands are known for its many tiny islands, covered in colourful fishing shacks and long jetties, jutting out in all directions from the island. Twenty two of these islands are home to lobster fisherman and their families at different times throughout the year, sustaining the crayfish industry and exploring all over the world.

Without a doubt, the best way to explore the Abrolhos Islands is on a day tour with Shine Aviation or Kalbarri Scenic Flights, giving you the opportunity to see and experience the islands from the air as well as the ground. The day begins with a scenic flight, flying you low over the three groups of islands, giving you a great view of the islands and plenty of photo opportunities. Your pilot and tour guide offers commentary throughout the flight, pointing out the different islands and points of interest along the way. This is definitely the best way to view the islands. Our flight flew so low, you could literally see the distinctive little details between the different islands. If you’re lucky you might be able to spot turtles, sharks or rays from the air, as they swim amongst the islands.

After your scenic flight your plane will land on the small red dirt runway on East Wallabi Island, where you get to disembark and spend the day exploring. The beach here is absolutely beautiful, with crystal clear water and bright white sand stretching as far as the eye can see in both directions. A coral reef lines the beach, full of crayfish, colourful corals and plenty of bright fish, only a short swim from the shore. It’s a great place for snorkelling (you can borrow snorkel equipment from the Fly Gero crew), swimming or just relaxing on the sand. Make sure you bring a towel, sunscreen and a hat! Even if it’s cloudy when you leave Geradlton, it’s likely clear and sunny on East Wallabi! Your day tour includes morning tea and lunch during your visit to the island. While you’re here make sure you take a walk around the top of the island and see if you can spot the cute little tammar wallabies, which can often be spotted hiding in the shrubs during the day.

Tours depart from Geraldton Airport and are approximately 6 hours long for the full day tour. There is also a half day option (4.5 hours), as well as the option to add on a quick detour flight over the iconic Pink Lake on your way home!

Find out more and book your Abrolhos Island adventure.