Fishwrecked Welcomes new Site Sponsor - Mackerel Islands

Good Morning All,

I'd like to welcome aboard our new site sponsor; Mackerel Islands




The Mackerel Islands began with a dream of fishing, fun and adventure fuelled by mateship, hard work, and business built on good old fashioned trust and handshakes. 43 years later the unique, rugged, unspoilt beauty of the string of ten islands and atolls that have become known as the Mackerel Islands still abounds. Of these ten, two islands welcome guests with accommodation, facilities and activities – Thevenard Island and Direction Island.

These islands are a discontinuous extension of the Ningaloo Reef system. The coral surrounding the islands are teeming with fish and marine life including painted crayfish. The diving has been described by Nigel Marsh in Divelog Australasia Magazine as “WORLD CLASS DIVING” and is one of his “TOP TEN DIVE SITES IN AUSTRALIA”. Fishing opportunities on and around the islands include beach fishing, fly fishing, bottom fishing and game fishing. We run fishing charters from Onslow and the Mackerel Islands, which are very popular as we only take on small groups, so everyone gets plenty of time with a line in the water.

To quote Al McGlashan on his Fish’n with Mates TV Show, the fishing is “INSANE, AWESOME, lives up to its name, and the variety of fish is simply out of this world”. Thevenard Island is a major turtle habitat and hundreds of female turtles nest on the island each year. The newly hatched turtles can be seen during the summer months as they make their race down to the safety of the ocean. On the west beach, we have our own “TURTLE HIGHWAY”, a stretch of beach where visitors have a good chance of spotting a female turtle trudging to and from the dunes during nesting season.

The Mackerel Islands are located 22km off the coast of Onslow, and can be reached by boat or plane. Onslow lies between Exmouth, Karratha and Karijini National Park. We offer daily transfers by boat, and also have moorings at the islands for the use of private boats. We are also really excited that Virgin Australia now flies daily from Perth to Onslow. We provide accommodation on two of the islands, Thevenard and Direction.

For more information, please check out the website:


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Date Joined: 19/06/14


Tue, 2018-05-29 07:19

 Was there 25 years ago, an awesome place. Should still be pretty much the same as it was . A session chucking Halco twistys to ravenous Trevelly out of the dingy at Sandy Cay is still one of my most treasured fishing memories . If you ever get a chance to hit this place up Do It ! 


 My wife understands why I clean my rods n reels in the shower....


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Date Joined: 30/11/09

 Same Chris was there when

Tue, 2018-05-29 19:48

 Same Chris was there when old Bernie was managing the place. Went twice and just an awesome adventure, only used the dinghy's back then but still filled the bags. And Sandy cay was Trevally paradise.


Love the West!

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Tue, 2018-05-29 09:05

 Welcome to Fishwrecked.  What an awesome place.

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Date Joined: 24/01/15

Welcome aboard

Tue, 2018-05-29 19:17

 I have been to the Mackerel's a couple of times fishing with groups of mates. One time diving and fishing and one just for the fishing,

Bloody awsome is all i can say.

Booked a beach hut for both times and cant fault the accomadation or the service we received. Fishing was fantastic with several PB's and firsts got on both trips.


 Sometimes when the water is quiet, you can hear the fish laughing at you !

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Date Joined: 06/01/17

Looks Awsome

Wed, 2018-05-30 09:45

If anyone knows would Direction Island be worth spending a week at? Was looking at somewhere like this to go with my old boy and his 5 grandsons between 14-17years have a 6.5m boat but may need to leave a 2-3 on the island some days is the fishing/diving better than Thevenard?

Thanks in advance Toby

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Date Joined: 10/02/07

So many memories of that

Wed, 2018-05-30 12:56

 Place. Great fishing


all aggressive fish love bigjohnsjigs