Improving access to Houtman Abrolhos

Two new jetties planned for the Houtman Abrolhos Islands National Park will improve vessel access and open new tourism and recreational opportunities.

Tenders have been invited by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions for construction of the jetties on East Wallabi and Beacon islands. Completion is expected by early 2021.

Australian Sea Lion | Credit: Fleur Bainger

Located about 60 kilometres west of Geraldton, the Houtman Abrolhos Islands National Park was the first national park created under the State Government’s Plan for Our Parks initiative. Comprising 122 islands surrounded by coral communities, the Abrolhos is teeming with marine life, making it one of Western Australia’s most important marine environments.

As well as being highly significant in an ecological context, the archipelago is steeped in history. The waters of the Abrolhos are home to several shipwrecks, most notably the 1629 wreck of the Dutch ship Batavia.

The jetty construction is part of a $10 million investment in tourism and management infrastructure in the national park. Future plans include the construction of new toilets, shade shelters, walk trails and visitor interpretation. The airstrip on East Wallabi Island will also be upgraded.