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“Real Gem hard to find a better place to relax and fish”
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Mackerel Islands
Port Kennedy
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“Real Gem hard to find a better place to relax and fish”
Reviewed 17 October 2010

Clean comfy Accom...and Staff can not do enough to ensure a fantastic Holiday exp

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled with friends
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Katherine, Australia
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Reviewed 7 October 2010

After arriving in Onslow, leaving your gear at the wharf & car at the lock up storage shed, it’s a one hour boat trip to Thevenard Island. Accommodation on the Island consists of twelve self-contained beach-front bungalows (ranging between two and five bedrooms) and ‘Club Thevenard’, a 30-room accommodation village, including dongas with and without ensuites. I stayed in the Dolphin bungalow overlooking the main beach: two bedrooms with a king size bed & two singles (with full linen) plus a separate outdoor shower & toilet. Split air conditioners in all rooms (including the kitchen/dining area) and a fully equipped kitchen (with crockery, cutlery, appliances, LPG stove & BBQ, microwave, fridge/freezer) for those wishing to be self sufficient. The kitchen/dining area has a large wooden dining table with sofa lounge. There is no TV (although there is a children’s recreation centre with TV & pool table). The rear courtyard has a wash trough & washing line. The front veranda is covered by shade sails, has a large outdoor setting & BBQ. Bring a torch to navigate the pathways at night (although lit by solar pathway lights).
There is a bar (with TV & pool table), restaurant, great shaded communal meals area and swimming pool. A fish cleaning station is on the beach and the small shop on the island sells ice, fishing & food/beverage supplies. At 5pm every day, fuel is available for boats. For people catching fish, there is a large communal freezer to store caught fish, which can then be sent to Perth on consignment from Onslow. Plaka boats are available for hire & use is limited to 2km offshore (you must have your recreation skipper’s ticket). There is a laundry for guest use ($3 washer, $4 dryer). Internet is available at $5/hr or BYO mobile wireless card (NextG reception on the island is great). As the island operates cash-less, guests are issued account cards (similar to credit cards) for all purchases whilst on the island & are settled the night before/day of departure. You cannot BYO alcohol if staying at Club Thevenard – only in the bungalows. You can opt to have all your meals included whilst staying on the island, which I would recommend as the chef is fantastic! Mackerel Islands Dive has recently become a PADI training centre and has a large assortment of new Mares dive gear for hire. Chevron-Texaco operates an oil refinery storage area on the island and has a self-sufficient 30-man camp. Mackerel Island managers Tracey & Drew have a great crew working for them: all staff were approachable, friendly, helpful & remembered guests’ names which was very welcoming.

DIVING
On the first day, we set off at a leisurely 10am and dived the sites Skipper’s Crevasse & Black Flag. On the second day we explored the sites of Off the Wall and Brewis Reef. Despite heavy currents making it difficult to descend/ascend on the first day, we were rewarded with a stunning assortment of corals and plenty of marine critter action: sea snakes, wobbegong sharks, painted crayfish, blue spotted sting rays, longfin bannerfish, beaked coralfish, blue angelfish, striped catfish, porcupine fish, yellow boxfish, coral cod, hammerhead sharks, bluestripe seaperch, red emperor, barramundi cod, bat fish, lion fish, trumpet fish, pipe fish, coral trout, sweetlips, white tip reef shark, seven gilled shark, butterfly fish, sergeant majors and nudibranches galore! Morning tea was served on the way out to the first site & bottled water plentifully offered throughout the trip. Lunch was served after the second dive.

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Aside from scuba diving, the Mackerel Islands are renowned for fishing: giant trevally, coral trout, Spanish mackerel, red & spangled emperor, yellowfin tuna, sailfish & black marlin. You can also circumnavigate the 6km long island along the twelve-station, five hour eco-walk trail, with maps available at the store. A user-friendly snorkel trail with nine sites has been established, with maps soon to be available in the island store. On our final day on the island, we used plaka boats to explore some of the snorkelling sites & were thoroughly impressed with underwater action, including sharks, turtles (including mating turtles on the surface) and large resident cods under the drums off the main beach. We also visited the shark nursery on the south-east tip of the island and did some fishing off the west coast. There are turtles between October and March to watch lay eggs on the beach & whales passing by between July and September.

Although a relatively young venture, without a doubt the Mackerel Islands are a hidden gem (well worth a return visit): the island is incredible; the accommodation is relaxing, the diving is spectacular & the fishing is impressive. The endeavouring devotion by Tracey, Drew & their impressive staff is exciting for the future of the Mackerel Islands.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled solo
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 7 October 2010

Wow! The snorkeling and diving would rank as some of the best we have seen. My husband is a marine biologist and found 15 species of nudibranch on one dive. There is a dive shop to hire gear and the dive instructor was very helpful. Our godson went fishing on the charter boat and has plenty of photos to prove the fishing tales (mackerel, coral trout). There was a fishing competition just before we arrived and we figured if that's where the fishing clubs go for their comps it has to be good! I thought I would sleep in every morning in the great big king bed but the mornings were to good to miss. Birds woke me just before sunrise. Seeing the sunrise over the ocean was quite a novel experience for me in west aust, then in the evening we could go to another part of the island and see it setting. Tip Fly in a small plane from Exmouth to the island.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2009

Stayed here on a work trip for a week. Rooms were clean. Location is the best point. Right on the water front. Only one place to eat at night - Nina's. Got a bit expensive after a while. There's also a supermarket just accross the street which was useful. Breakfast was included - cereals, toast etc.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled on business
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Western Australia
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Reviewed 12 September 2007

Step out of the front door of the unit on to a pristine Western Australian beach. This motel is in a great position. The rooms are clean and well furnished. The beds are comfortable. Onslow is a small town so breakfast options are limited however the very reasonable rate for this motel includes a continental breakfast. Toast and preserves, cereals, fruit juice and fruit. Eat outside and watch the world go by.
There are no shampoos or conditoners but they do provide soap. For the price approx $125 AUD this motel is excellent value.
Parking is good as is security and the motel is peaceful.
The Owners are friendly and helpul.

Practically next door is Nikki's Resteraunt. Sit on the verandah at this resteraunt overlooking the Indian Ocean and you could be anywhere in the world. The food is great.

I have stayed at this motel several times and I am always happy with the service.

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  • Stayed September 2007, travelled on business
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Property: Mackerel Islands
Address: Thevenard Island, Western Australia 6710, Australia
Region: Australia > Western Australia > Thevenard Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Thevenard Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy an idyllic holiday without the distractions of life’s bustle on one of two spectacular islands. Located 20 minutes from Onslow and only 100km North of Exmouth, a holiday or day trip to the Mackerel Islands provides a wilderness-style experience boasting world–class fishing, diving, snorkelling, swimming, boating, nature watching and relaxation in protected, calm waters. Two of the ten islands – Thevenard Island and Direction Island – offer accommodation and access to an extraordinary experience, where rugged adventure meets isolation at its most splendid. Overlooking the mooring area and swimming bay on Thevenard Island are 13 self–contained, air-conditioned, beachfront cabins (sleeping
 2 – 10 people) with all the comforts of everyday living. Your cabin’s shaded outdoor entertaining area is perfect for taking in spectacular sunrises and for watching the local wildlife after a day’s fishing, diving and exploring. A short walk from the beach is Club Thevenard, a 34-room village built around a pool and BBQ area. It offers single or twin rooms complete with ensuite, air-conditioning and all the essentials for up to 50 people. Or, if you’d prefer an island all to yourself, Direction Island may just be the ideal getaway for you. Direction Island accommodation offers a unique and distinctly Western Australian island experience. Located 11 kilometres off WA’s stunning Pilbara coast and nestled within its own coral reef among the spectacular waters of the Mackerel Islands, you can play castaway with up to 8 people on this rustic little island gem. Accessible by charter boat or private vessel, accommodation on Direction Island is a singular, self-contained A-frame beach cabin with simple home comforts that enhance the opportunity to soak up the beauty of untouched nature, reconnect with family and friends, and truly unravel from life’s bustle. ... more   less 
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