Secret Snorkelling Spots Near Perth Western Australia


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Snorkelling Rottnest Island

Perth’s island playground, Rottnest is just a short ferry ride from the mainland and a world away from city life. For such a tiny island, this car-free and carefree Class A reserve packs a lot of pleasure into a day. Getting to “Rotto”, as the locals affectionately call it, is a breeze. Just 19 kilometres off the coast, ferries depart from Fremantle, Perth’s Barrack Street Jetty, and Hillarys Marina. You can opt to arrive in by helicopter, air taxi, or even cruise across in your own boat.

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Stunning Beaches and Bays snorkel trails

63 stunning beaches, 20 beautiful bays, coral reefs, and wrecks invite you to some of Australia’s finest swimming spots. In addition, there are snorkel trails and surf breaks too. On dry land, you’ll meet the cutest mini marsupial, found only in Western Australia, the world-famous quokka. There are many unique plant and animal species too.

Hop on Hop off Bus on Rotto

With no cars on the roads, bicycle hires are available at the ferry terminals and on the island. You can hop on and off the Bayseeker Bus. It has regular runs around the island, dropping you off at some of the more secluded beaches and surf breaks.

Thomson Bay

More family fun in the form of golf, tennis, shopping and guided tours can be found in Thomson Bay, as well as cafes, restaurants and takeaway options.

Rottnest Tours on land and sea

Tours on land and sea offer insightful experiences, from wildlife encounters with quokkas, seals, ospreys, and whales. In addition, there are historical and cultural tours bringing Rottnest’s colourful maritime, convict, colonial and World War II heritage vividly to life.

Journey Back in Time

A stroll through the main settlement is a journey back in time which includes colonial cottages, salt Store and Lomas Cottage, dating back to the mid-1800s. The grand buildings and quaint holiday cottages commissioned by Perth’s Governor in the nineteenth century are still a favourite. The old barracks are a good budget option for camping and backpacking.


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Penguin Island

Day Trip to Penguin Island for Backpackers
Penguin Island is a 12.5 ha island off the coast near Perth, approximately 660 m from Shoalwater. It is home to a colony of approximately 250 little penguins, the largest population of the birds in Western Australia. The waters surrounding the island make up the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park

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Located 45 minutes south of Perth, just a 35-minute train ride to Rockingham and a five-minute ferry ride across Shoalwater Bay, Penguin Island is one of Australia’s premier nature-based Perth Tourist destinations. The star attraction is the cute little penguins – the smallest species in the world. Visitors can get up close to the penguins at the Discovery Centre. The rangers host three daily penguin feedings (costs may apply). This is your opportunity to see these shy creatures who spend most daylight hours feeding at sea or hidden in their burrows.

Wild Life

Penguin Island lies in the heart of the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park which abounds with wildlife including dolphins, sea lions, stingrays, pelicans and seabirds. Underwater there are reefs and sea-grass meadows for snorkellers to enjoy. Nature lovers can explore boardwalks and lookouts. Enjoy a picnic overlooking a beach – perfect for children to have a swim while parents relax.

Nesting Season

Penguin Island closes from early June to 14 September each year for the little penguin nesting season. Rockingham Wild Encounters operates an hourly ferry service to Penguin Island from 15 September to early June (costs apply). They also offer a range of cruises to explore more of the marine park.


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Quiet Secluded Secret Snorkeling Spots Near Perth Western Australia Visit Marmion Marine Park

Marmion Marine Park is a snorkeling and diving playground of limestone reefs, ledges, caves, swim-throughs, and crystal-clear lagoons. It’s also a top spot for whale watching (in season).

Novice Friendly Snorkel Spot

The marine park stretches north from Trigg Island, a 20-minute drive from the Center of Perth and a short boat ride from the launch sites at Hillarys Boat Harbour and Ocean Reef. There’s even a novice-friendly snorkel spot you can access off the beach at Mettams Pool.

Marine Species

Seabirds, dolphins, sea lions, rays and a huge diversity of other marine species call this coast home. Migrating humpback whales can also be spotted between the months of September and December. Hop on a whale watching tour at Hillarys Boat Harbour to get a closer look at these majestic visitors.

Private Dive Charters

Private dive charters will take you out to explore Boyinaboat Reef, North Lump, Whitfords Rock, Wreck Rock, Wanneroo Reef, Cow Rocks and the wreck of the Centaur.

Fishing Spots

Throw in a line from the designated shore fishing spots and you could hook some herring, skippy and tailor. Or join a fishing charter and head out beyond the sanctuary zones to chase a bigger catch.


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Burns Beach Sheltered Swiming and Snorkelling Spot

A family favourite on Perth’s Sunset Coast, Burns Beach is a sheltered swimming spot that sits within the wildlife-rich waters of Marmion Marine Park. Walk the coastal path, relax on the white-sand beach, barbecue in the grassed parks, or just sit atop the limestone cliffs and drink in a spectacular Indian Ocean sunset.

How To Get There

Driving north from Perth on the Mitchell Freeway, you can escape to Burns Beach within just 30 minutes, or take the train to Joondalup, hop on a bus and you’ll be there in under an hour.

Half-Day Cycle

Make the journey part of your adventure by walking or cycling the Sunset Coast trail to Burns Beach, taking in sweeping views of the rugged limestone cliffs, wild coastal heathland, and clear lagoons. The half-day cycle from Marmion to Burns Beach is approximately 14 kilometres.

Look Out

Watch for seabirds, dolphins, sea lions, rays and a huge diversity of other species from the lookout points. Interpretive signs along the way provide insights into the native flora, fauna, and history of the area.

Throw in a Line

Dine ocean-side at the café, or try chasing the herring, Skippy and tailor by throwing in a line from the groyne or northern end of the beach.

Jurien Bay

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Jurien Bay has earned a place in the hearts of holidaymakers, as well as fishing, diving, and snorkelling enthusiasts. Under sunny skies for the majority of the year, this fishing town is blessed with sandy beaches, colourful offshore reefs, amazing marine life, and thriving Cray fishing industry.

Getting There

If you hit the Indian Ocean Drive north of Perth, travel along this scenic drive to Jurien Bay in just 2.5 hours, passing pristine beaches, towering dunes, and spring wildflowers.

First Rate Snokelling

Sheltered by a string of islands and limestone reefs, the snorkelling and diving here is first-rate. There are underwater caves and coral gardens covered in colourful sponges waiting to be explored. Protected by the Jurien Bay Marine Park, these habitats are also a haven for the rare Australian sea lion.

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Fishing Charter

Join a fishing charter for close encounters with visiting sea lions, dolphins and, during the migration season from June to December, graceful humpback whales.

Wild Flower Hotspot

If you’re in Jurien Bay around August/September time, prepare to be dazzled by another wonder of nature when native flora transforms the Jurien Bay area into a carpet of colour. It is one of the top wildflower hotspots in the world. More than 900 stunning varieties can be found in Lesueur National Park, just a half-hour drive east of Jurien Bay.

Nambung National Park

To the south, Mother Nature has also created one of the most unique lunar-like landscapes on the planet – the Pinnacles of Nambung National Park. Formed over millions of years, thousands of tall limestone spires rise eerily out of the yellow desert sands. It is an incredible sight to behold at sunrise or sunset.

Sandy Cape Recreational Park

In the opposite direction, heading north of Jurien Bay, Sandy Cape Recreational Park is the ideal spot to set up camp on the beachfront and indulge in some of Western Australia’s best swimming, coastal walks, and beach fishing.


Alternatively, if you seek more creature comforts or the convenience of Jurien Bay’s facilities, there is a great selection of accommodation in town to suit all tastes and budgets.


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