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Motorhome Travels - October 2013

11/10/2013

The Abrolhos Islands are an absolute paradise for anyone who loves the sea. If you happen to also enjoy spearfishing, then visiting the islands is like winning lotto!

Our island home for two whole weeks - [Click for a Larger Image]
Our island home for two whole weeks

Before I tell you about our two weeks on the Abrolhos Islands, let me tell you a little bit about the islands themselves.

Located 80 kilometres west of Geraldton, the Abrolhos Islands consist of 122 tiny coral islands that rise just a couple of metres from the crystal clear tropical waters.

The islands are divided into three groups, the Wallabi group to the north, the Easter group in the middle and the Pelsaert group (where we camped) to the south.

Many of the islands have small fisherman's camps consisting of basic, but comfortable shacks. To own a camp on an island, you must hold both a commercial fishing license and crayfish quota for the area. Without both of these it is not permitted to camp on any island (most islands are also off limits for even landing). 80km is way too far for all but the largest of private boats and the inability to stay on an island prevents almost all recreational fisherman and tourists from visiting the islands. So how did we get to go and stay there for two whole weeks?

Well it was more about blind luck than good planning. A few years ago, while in Geraldton we were fortunate enough to meet a Cray fisherman and his family. To cut a long story short, they invited us to join them when they visited their camp to undertake some pre-season maintenance on the jetties (to accommodate the newest and largest addition to their fishing fleet). Wahoo!