Options to get a boat from Perth to Shark Bay

Howdy Folks,

Heading up to Tamala in May and looking into options to get a boat up there? Typical first world problem where we have all blown cash on Caravans and can no longer tow a boat....

I have emailed a couple of freight companies but curious to see if anyone else has freighted a boat up north in similar circumstances?


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 I was thinking one day it

Wed, 2018-01-24 09:36

 I was thinking one day it might get to that one day for us. My thinking is the second car can also tow and both cars go.... Big effort though...

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 Hire a second row car, will

Wed, 2018-01-24 11:22

 Hire a second row car, will be cheaper than transport


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Some of the people who do

Wed, 2018-01-24 12:36

Some of the people who do extended stays at monkey mia do two trips.  Boat one weekend then caravan on actual trip.  Could you arrange with tamala to leave boat at homestead before / after?


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I have used

Wed, 2018-01-24 13:23

 Sharkbay freightlines before for some trailer parts they do 2 runs a week .cost me $60 to get some springs shipped up .dont know how much for a boat but they do cars and caravans

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Cheers. I have emailed them

Wed, 2018-01-24 14:08

Cheers. I have emailed them and another mob just to get some budget rates.


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 have spoken to others that

Wed, 2018-01-24 16:13

 have spoken to others that have done same thing . second car or 2 trips are a much cheaper option. from memory it costs a few k to haul the boat on a truck as it takes a lot of room up. you dont pay for weight just the space. same deal with vans. 


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Two trips

Wed, 2018-01-24 16:31

Quite a few years (approx. 8-9) back when Exmouth was a regular trip away we did quite a bit of shopping around for prices on getting either the van or the boat trucked up to Exmouth and the price was quite expensive.

I know that it takes a bit out of you, but we used to make two trips getting our van and boat up there and whilst it is very physically taxing it is far cheaper.
However, with the current price of fuel I don't know how it would work out today.

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 Take the van up and do a run

Wed, 2018-01-24 16:52

 Take the van up and do a run back to Kalbarri to hire a boat from Murchison boat hire. Be cheaper then transport I reckon. I believe they'll meet you on the great northern to transfer the boat to you.

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 Certainly an interesting

Wed, 2018-01-24 17:55

 Certainly an interesting option

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Hire boat

Wed, 2018-01-24 19:48

There is a 6 metre boat for hire here in Denham, will see if I can get details for you

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 Unfortunately it is booked

Thu, 2018-01-25 08:05

 Unfortunately it is booked on those dates. Checked last night

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 id almost drive it up and

Wed, 2018-01-24 20:20

 id almost drive it up and back depending on dates and $$$. surely you got a mate that would be keen to help out for a fish


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 You could possibly use a

Thu, 2018-01-25 03:54

 You could possibly use a major road train company from Perth to Carnarvon and get it dropped of at overlander. This is if they have a loading ramp there. Places like shark bay and Exmouth are expensive to deliver to as there’s only one way in and out.


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 Also when asking for the

Thu, 2018-01-25 03:57

 Also when asking for the quote ask for a return price as backroads are generally cheaper which may offset the high price off getting it there. 


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We're looking at similar

Thu, 2018-01-25 08:50

Yep - the logistics of such a trip can be challenging
We're looking into the same trip and would be taking our two vehicles; one of the benefits of my decision to downsze the large 3.5T trailerboat to a smaller centre console (which gets far more usage anyway)

Thankfully the missus is now comfortable towing our family-sized van, and has already towed it twice previously to Coral Bay, and once to Monkey Mia on her own
If we took two cars up she could tow the boat, or van, and that way you save on the exorbitant freight costs you will be quoted.

From my research the key is to deflate the tyres and take it real easy on the drive in.

Some of the stuff I've seen on Youtube for that area look very promising; most of it done in cartopper type tinnys, or even inflatables.

Good luck !

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 Cheers for the replies all.

Sat, 2018-01-27 06:18

 Cheers for the replies all. Unfesible for us to go up the weekends before/after as well as taking the extra car so likely we will add a rubber ducky to the flotilla. That's what we had last time and it didn't the job but has since had terminal damage.


be safe.

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 How big is the boat and what

Thu, 2018-02-01 06:53

 How big is the boat and what dates are you needing i there for?



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Ted's Walkabout Transport

Thu, 2018-02-01 07:10

 New player in the game specialising in what you're after.



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 Cheers gents but we will be

Thu, 2018-02-01 21:16

 Cheers gents but we will be buying an inflatable and doing what we do that way.