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Off the beach, north side of Hillarys Boat Harbour, 23km (20 mins) north of Perth.
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About Little Island Kayak Trail, Hillary’s
There is a kayak launching platform near the boat ramps within the Hillarys Boat Harbour. Keep clear of other vessels - in particular the Rottnest Ferry. An alternative launch site is off the beach on the north side of the marina where there is free parking.
Paddle north westerly - you can see Little Island in the distance about 2km away. You will pass two reef patches on the way. There is a small beach on the island however beaching of kayaks is not allowed and walking on the beach is discouraged. The island really is so small there is nothing to look at anyway, leave it for the birds and sea lions.
The waters around the island are designated a marine sanctuary, consequently there is always an excellent array of marine life in the area - including whales, dolphins, seals, and occasionally, wayward sea turtles.
Take a small anchor if you wish to snorkel as there is good snorkelling to the west and south of the island. It is quite sheltered between Little Island and the outer reef to the west. Surf waves can often be found in the deeper channels on the outer reef, a further 200m west.
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Time / Duration
Allow half a day
What To Pack
Group F (Paddling trails) required.
What To Pack
Group F (Paddling trails)
- Plenty of water and food for duration of trip.
- Sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen (30+)
- Clothes to suit the activity and potential weather conditions
- Lifejacket or flotation device
- Leg or paddle leash if paddling in the ocean
Additional Useful ItemsBathers and snorkel gear.
Hazards & WarningsAvoid ferry and power boat traffic near the marina entrance
FacilitiesAll the facilities are at Hillary's Boat Harbour - none on Little Island.
- Car Park
- Shaded Area
- Sheltered Area
Best time of year
September to April, mornings usually best.
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Little IslandLittle Island is...Little, and beaching of kayaks is not permitted.
Little IslandApproaching Little Island
Little IslandA sanctuary zone exists around Little Island - no fishing, and walking on the beach is limited to a few minutes.
Kayak SnorkelAnchor the kayak in the shallows, there are great snorkel spots along the southwestern side.
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