Molloy Island is 320 km south of Perth, near Augusta in Western Australia. If you are looking to be surrounded by nature and to enjoy some peace and quiet, then this is the perfect place for you.

It is only 300 acres in area and densely populated with trees, including Jarrah, Red Gum, Banksias, and Grass Trees. The island is at the junction of the Blackwood and Scott Rivers, in the Blackwood River Estuary. You can only reach Molloy Island by ferry.

molloy island with views of the blackwood river with trees on either side

How to get from Perth to Molloy Island

From Perth, it is an easy 3 1/2 hour drive to Molloy Island. Most of the route is along Bussell Highway before turning onto Sues Road just prior to Busselton.

The drive along here is stunning and takes you through Whicher National Park, Wiltshire Butler National Park, and Blackwood River National Park.

We stopped at Sue’s Bridge for a walk and a picnic. It was so picturesque that we vowed to return and maybe camp there.

sues bridge camp ground with river and trees overhanging
A breathtaking place to stop on the way to Molloy Island

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Molloy Island Ferry – Price & Operating Hours

The Molloy Island ferry is run privately by the Molloy Island Homeowners’ Association. You can only use it if you own a home on Molloy or are invited by a homeowner. See below for accommodation options.

For non-members, it is $5 return per vehicle. The ferry is more like a barge and can only fit four cars on at one time.

You will need to time your crossings as the ferry only operates on the hour between 8 am and 5 pm. However, homeowners are allowed to operate it on the half-hour as well as every half hour between 5 pm and 8 am.

It was a different experience for us and we were lucky that we didn’t have to wait long for the ferry to arrive.

molloy island ferry crossing the blackwood river
The Molloy Island Ferry crossing the river

Molloy Island Population & Island Living

According to the 2016 Census Summary, 113 people were living permanently on Molloy Island. It consists of 286 freehold blocks but no boundary fences which allow the resident kangaroos to roam freely. A lot of the homes are used as holiday homes and the island is a lot busier during school holidays and long weekends.

There aren’t any shops on the island so you need to ensure you have everything before you go across. The nearest shops are in Augusta, about a 20-minute drive.

The houses have underground power and telephone, but no main water or deep sewerage. Properties have rainwater tanks and septic tanks.

Cats are not allowed on Molloy Island due to the environment but dogs are allowed if they are kept on a lead at all times. However, please note that ONLY homeowners are allowed to bring dogs onto the island. So, if you are holidaying on the island, please leave your pooch at home.

Things To Do on and Around Molloy Island

Molloy Island is all about relaxation. However, there is still plenty to do nearby if you want to explore what the area has to offer. If you want to be active, the island has tennis and basketball courts. There is also a playground for the children.

Bushwalking

There are several tracks around that allow you to explore the native bush and nature on the island. We enjoyed our morning walks, listening to the birds sing.

walking track with tall green trees either side of the path on molloy island

Kayaking or Boating

Bring your boat or kayak with you and enjoy some time on the river. You can kayak around the island or take your boat through Hardy Inlet to Augusta.

3 kayaks with 4 people in them on the river at molloy island

Watching the wildlife

Every morning and evening we had visitors at the back of our property. As there aren’t any fences, the kangaroos have a free run of the island. We left out some carrot for them and seed for the birds. Just remember they are wild animals and should not be approached.

parrot kookaburra and two kangaroos with trees around them on molloy island
Some of the wildlife out the back of our accommodation

Fishing

Fishing is a popular pastime on Molloy Island. You will see people fishing along the Blackwood River and in Augusta. Visit the local bait shop in Augusta to find out the best places to fish.

Augusta

Augusta is a cute seaside town, about a 20-minute drive from Molloy Island. Here you can do as little or much as you like. You can go for a gentle stroll along the front, fish, go on a tour like these at Jewel Cave and Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse. If you’re here in whale season (June to October), I recommend taking a whale watching cruise.

You might see Stingrays and Pelicans that come right into shore for the fish scraps.

Check out the tours near Augusta here.

stingray and pelicans swimming in the water with a boat moored in augusta
Stingray and Pelicans in Augusta

Hamelin Bay

Take a drive to Hamelin Bay. Not only is Hamelin Bay a dazzling beach but stingrays often come close to shore. On a calm day, they are very easy to spot. Hamelin Bay is only a 15-minute drive from Molloy Island. This article on What to do in Hamelin Bay will give you some ideas for your day.

hamelin bay with a boat in the ocean and sun shimmering on the water and a sandy beach
Hamelin Bay

Margaret River

Visit the Margaret River region and do some wine tastings. Our article on the best things to do in Margaret River provides more information on wineries, breweries, and other activities.

wooden sign reading cullen winery

Accommodation Molloy Island

VRBO (Stayz) have this house to rent on Molloy Island. We have used Stayz several times and are a great alternative to Airbnb as they are usually cheaper.

house with a view of natural bushland

Molloy Island Caravan Park

Molloy Hideaway Holiday Park (previously Molloy Island Caravan Park) is not actually on Molloy Island. It is still in a beautiful location but you won’t be able to access the island as it is for residents or their guests only.

What to pack on your Molloy Island trip

Our full packing list includes everything you may need but don’t forget the following items:

bikini shorts camera hat sunglasses and other travel packing

Flights

plane flying over a beach

I use different sites to try and get the best possible price for flights.

First I visit matrix.itasoftware.com to get an idea of the cheapest dates, but you can’t book through this site.

Next I compare the cost of flights with Trip.com and try different routes.

Accommodation

How To Visit Blissful Molloy Island Western Australia

I mainly use Booking.com for accommodation as they consistently have the lowest rates with free cancellation on most properties.

Car Hire

black car

To compare rental car company prices, I use Rentalcars.com. They are world’s biggest car rental site, comparing all main brands including Europcar, Budget, Ace, Hertz, Avis, and Alamo.

Travel Insurance

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You can buy and claim online, even after you’ve left home. Travel insurance from WorldNomads.com is available to people from over 130 countries. It’s designed for adventurous travellers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities.

Travel Information & Guides

This Australia Travel Guide, which includes all essential information and tips, will help with the planning of your holiday to this beautiful country.

For more things to do in Western Australia, check out this Western Australia Travel Guide.


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16 Comments

  1. My cousin’s boyfriend’s parents (phew!!) have recently moved down to Molloy Island – it looks beautiful so I may have to try and wangle an invitation next time I’m in WA!

    1. I’d definitely be trying to get an invite Alison. Kangaroos come right up to the back door and kookaburras swoop down to be fed.

  2. Learning so much about Western Australia from your posts. This looks so gorgeous! You’ve given us quite the list for when we do make it there!

    1. Thanks Christie. Hope you do make it here one day, I would love to show you around 🙂

  3. I love islands that can only be reached by ferry! Good way to truly get away from it all. I love to relax and read a book – such a luxury these days 😉

    1. I love anything to do with water and it was a novelty catching the ferry over. Like you, I hardly have time to read nowadays so it was wonderful to just relax and read my book 🙂

  4. That looks like a lovely place to get away – it would make a great writing retreat too.

    1. We really enjoyed relaxing there for the weekend.

  5. This looks like such a pretty and tranquil place to live and would be a great vacation home. I love how there are no fences so that the kangaroos can come and go, they are so cute! That would be a bummer that cats aren’t allowed, are they a threat to the animals there? The kayaking and seeing the stingrays would be highlights for me! 🙂

    1. I think cats are banned mainly because of the risk to the birdlife. There are many species of birds on the island, including the cute kookaburra. It was amazing to see the stingrays up close like that.

  6. Sounds like the perfect place for a weekend getaway! If you stay at an Airbnb on the island, does your Airbnb host have to request the ferry for you?

    1. Yes they will arrange that for you when you book. We met with the owner before going on the ferry and she gave us a visitor pass.

  7. John @carpediemeirr says:

    Not a place to move if you like traditional pets, but with all them kangaroos around then you’d be ok. The ferry sounds really enchanting.

    1. That is a downside to living there plus the ferry only operating at certain times. However, it is so peaceful and relaxing that it makes an ideal getaway.

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