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About Shoalwater Islands Marine Park Paddle
Park just before the end car park and launch off the sandy beach to your left. You will see a walk trail to the beach. From Point Peron the kayak trail tracks south via the islands and reefs. The first one you can see is Bird Island. Explore the cove on the north side. The trail is marked to pass inshore of these islands but if the sea is calm take the opportunity to paddle further out and snorkel on the isolated reefs.
At seal island sea lions will be asleep on the beach and possibly in the water near your kayak. Do not disturb them, and note that landing is not permitted on the beach here. A mooring is available to tie your kayak to but apart from the sea lions there is not much of interest in the water here.
Penguin Island is the turn-around point but you can picnic here, visit the visitor centre, or go on the walk trail. Take a $2 coin for the telescope on the island lookout. There is an entry fee for tours and penguin feeding at 10am, 12pm and 2pm in the centre. Landing and visiting the island is free.
Most days paddling the trail in the direction suggested will make for a tail wind on the trip home.
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What To Pack
Group A (Urban trails or short trails near facilities) required.
What To Pack
Group A (Urban trails or short trails near facilities)
- Full large water bottle per person.
- Sun hat or bike helmet (compulsory in WA).
- Sunglasses, sunscreen (30+) and insect repellant.
- Clothes to suit the activity and potential weather conditions (See suggestions below).
- Binoculars and camera (optional).
End of Point Peron Road, Shoalwater
Hazards & WarningsBeach at start point is all weather, however this is an exposed coastline with the potential for strong winds and breaking waves.
There is a ferry service to Penguin Island. No shop on the island but a cafe and kiosk on Mersey Point. Bring paddling equipment and snorkelling equipment if you wish.
- Child Activities
- Interpretive Centre
- Public Toilet
- All accessible toilet facilities
- View Platform
Best time of year
Usually best in the morning. September to May. Penguin Island is closed for penguin breeding June to September.
Entry fees for the Discovery Centre on Penguin Island
Road or train to Rockingham
Pets are prohibited.
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Seals can be spotted on the beaches
Dolphins are often seen here
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