Hillarys Boat Harbour (Perth), Western Australia

Hillarys Boat Harbour is a popular Perth northern suburbs destination, bosting not only fantastic boating and marina facilities but also swimming beaches, retail outlets, restaurants, accommodation and more.

The boardwalk at hillarys boat harbour

How to get to Hillarys Boat Harbour

Hillarys is located 23kms north of Perth and is accessible via Hepburn Avenue off the Mitchell freeway.

Things to do at Hillarys Boat Harbour

Whether you’re visiting Hillarys during the day or at night, there are plenty of things to do. Such activities include:

Visit AQWA

The Aquarium of Western Australia (Aka AQWA) is known as one of the largest, if not the largest ocean-based aquarium in Australia showcasing the amazing marine life of Western Australia.

With a massive aquarium and underwater tunnel to explore, an interactive touch pool and a fantastic show of aquariums to view, this is definitely an attraction to add to the list!

Go Shopping

Within Hillarys’ there are a number of great retail outlets that are worth a visit. You’ll find a variety of stores available from boutique gift shops, and clothing outlets to hairdressers.

Go for a swim or jetty jumping

The beach and swimming area inside the marina is a perfect spot for a swim. With flat and calm conditions this is perfect for swimming with family, friends and especially with kids!

The amusement area at hillarys boat harbour
Swimming beach at Hillarys Boat Harbour

There is also a floating pontton out to the right of the jetty which is great for those bigger kids that want to swim out and have a go on the slides.

Swimming platform at hillarys boat harbour
Pontoon at Hillarys

Have a night out

One thing that Hillarys is known for is its brilliant restaurants and range of pubs and night time entertainment.

The breakwater at hillarys boat harbour
The Breakwater is the perfect spot for an arvo beer

Book a trip to Rotto!

Rottnest Island is only a ferry trip away from Hillarys Boat Harbour. Head down to the booking offices or check out https://www.rottnestfastferries.com.au/ to book yourself a ticket over to Rottnest Island.

Rottnest island ferry leaving hillarys boat harbour
The Rottnest ferry leaving Hillarys Boat Harbour

Go fishing

If you’re keen to cast a line there are a few fishing spots at Hillarys to choose from. As you’re not allowed to fish around the beach and the jetty in the swimming area, the main spots to fish are off the south or west marina wall and off the north wall. You’ll also find there are some nice protected spots on the inside of the west wall to fish from.

Head out on a Fishing Charter

If you’re keen to head out deeper, then there are a number of great fishing charters that operate out of Hillarys. One of these is Blue Juice Charters.

Head over to our Perth fishing charters page for other fishing charters that operate out of Hillarys and Perth.

Boating Facilities

Mooring at hillarys boat harbour

As one of the central harbours in the northern suburbs, Hillarys offer some great boating facilities. These include:

  • A range of boat pens
  • A dedicated boat ramp including ample parking and wash-down facilities [link to boat ramp]
  • Marina fueling station
  • Boating and fishing tackle supplies
  • A service wharf and marina lifting service
  • Toilets and showers

Check out the below photos and videos for more of an insight into what Hillarys is like:)

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