Boating New Perth City


It’s so easy to go boating in Perth. Since there are a lot of islands close by, you can have quick getaways to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Whether it’s for a day or the whole weekend, boating allows you to relax and recharge. As a boating enthusiast, it really can’t get any better than this. Are you excited for your next boating adventure? Here are some of the best boating destinations near Perth.


Rottnest Island features sheltered coves, long beaches and crystal-clear lagoons. Thus, this boating destination is conducive to a lot of water-themed activities. There are several dive sites as well as shore-based snorkelling. You can sunbathe, swim, surf and fish, too. Rottnest Island is also a nature reserve, so it has abundant wildlife both on land and at sea.

Rottnest Island is an idyllic setting for relaxation. There are no cars here, and visitors make their way around the island using bikes. This means you’re free to roam around without worrying about traffic, noise or pollution. The island has shops, campgrounds, hostels, cabins and cottages if you want to stay overnight. You can also sleep on your boat as you can anchor in the bays surrounding the island.


You can’t go boating in Perth if you don’t visit Penguin Island. It’s another popular boating destination as it’s only 45 minutes south of the Perth CBD. The nature reserve is part of the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park and is home to about 1,200 fairy penguins. Despite its name, you can also see Australian sea lions and wild dolphins in the area.

Penguin Island features white sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, limestone caves and rock formations. It’s a small island which you can explore the entirety of it in a single day. Some of the popular activities are snorkelling, kayaking and kiteboarding. You can even surf given the right weather conditions. In between activities, you can have a picnic on the beach or have lunch at Pengo’s Café.


Seal Island is also near Shoalwater. It’s home to a small population of Australian sea lions. Aside from that, you can see seabirds and pelicans in the area. Seal Island also features cliffs, coves, sea caves and headlands. There are a lot of lookout points, boardwalks and walkways so you can easily explore your surroundings. However, entry to the island is controlled, and you gain access through Penguin Island. You can explore by boating, kayaking or take part in a wildlife tour.


If you want to explore an unspoiled piece of nature, Carnac Island is an ideal boating destination. This limestone paradise is only accessible via private boat or as part of a wildlife tour. If you’re lucky, you can have the entire island to yourself. The clear and calm water is suitable for snorkelling and fishing. You will also see Australian sea lions, bottlenose dolphins and a variety of marine birds.

However, boaters usually do not venture too far inland because there are a lot of tiger snakes in the area. Instead, you can drive your boat around the island to explore. You can even stay on your boat if you want. Just relax and enjoy the picturesque background that Carnac Island provides.


Similar to the other destinations, Garden Island is full of beautiful beaches where you can go snorkelling or fishing. However, part of the island serves as the Royal Australian Navy’s base. You can only explore the northern and western bays. There are no ferries so you can also visit Garden Island by private boat.

Boating in Perth is so convenient. All these stunning destinations are only about an hour or so away from the city. So, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t take to the water for a quick getaway. It’s good to step away from your fast-paced city life once and a while. Once you’ve explored these nearby locations, you can venture further out as there are so many more boating destinations in Western Australia and enjoy boating with your family as much as I do.



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John Steele

John loves cooking at home and outdoors, travelling, fishing and discovering a new life. He's got loads of experience he wants to share while he adventures through retirement.