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Garden Island

Garden Island is situated 13 kilometres or 20 minutes’ drive south of Fremantle. A causeway over four kilometres long links the island to the mainland.

Garden Island is the site of a maintenance facility of the Royal Australian Navy. Public access to the island is by private boat and only 80 percent of the island is open to the public. Access is not permitted after dark.

Garden Island has beautiful beaches and bays, and is an ideal place for picnics, swimming, fishing, surfing and sailing. Also, look out for the native Tammar, a small species of wallaby that lives freely on the island.

Captain James Stirling first landed on Garden Island in 1827, and founded the first European settlement in Western Australia. Some remnants of the first settlement can be seen at Cliff Head. The original well is there, and a memorial and lookout has also been constructed.

Activites and Experiences at Garden Island

  • Fishing – Beach
  • Fishing – Deep Sea
  • Sailing
  • Snorkelling
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Walking
  • Beach
  • Beach A beach attraction is a beach area that is recognised for its scenic beauty, recreational opportunities, environmental state, and/or fauna population. Recreational vehicles can be driven on a number of beaches around Australia
  • Diving To go below the surface of the water or a diving competition in a swimming or diving pool
  • Fishing Related to any fishing activities
  • Island A piece of land completely surrounded by water
  • Marine Related to aquatic activities such as swimming, diving, snorkelling etc

Nearest Airport: Perth

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