Tick off your bucket list at Hillarys Boat Harbour

With our international borders closed, many of us have put a pause on our dreams to snorkel in Thailand, sail around the Greek islands or take a chopper ride into the Grand Canyon.

While we can’t leave Australia any time soon, we can cross off some of the big-ticket bucket list items right here at Hillarys where a whole range of awesome adventure experiences are ready and waiting!

Learn to sail

Always wanted to learn to sail but never had the time? Hillarys Yacht Club is a registered Australian Sailing Discover Sailing Centre and provides regular training courses across a variety of aquatic activities for people of all ages. Their fully qualified and supportive instructors and coaches will help you achieve your goals all while having heaps of fun out on the water.

Have a Rotto adventure

Lived in Perth your whole life but never captured the quintessential quokka selfie? Be the envy of all your international Insta followers with a super-cute pic of the ‘happiest animal in the world’. Rottnest Fast Ferries depart daily from Hillarys Boat Harbour and will get you to Perth’s own island playground in just 45 minutes. As a special offer this winter, stay two nights or more with Discovery Rottnest Island and receive 20% off your ferry ticket. Don’t forget that kids travel free!|

Experience a helicopter flight over Perth

Ever been on a helicopter joyride? Corsaire Scenic Flights offers amazing tours over Perth that set out from the helipad right here in Hillarys. Their unique location means you’ll experience Perth’s most scenic takeoff – enjoying spectacular coastal views from the moment you take flight.

Take a ride on a Harley

No motorcycle licence? No problem! Feel the roar of the engine and have one hell of a ride with the team at Down Under Harley Tours. Offering tours for one or Harley trike rides for two, you can hit the highway and enjoy uninterrupted views from the back of an iconic Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Learn to SCUBA dive

Prefer to experience life under the sea without the glass barrier? At Hillarys, you’re spoilt for choice with both Perth Diving Academy and Image Dive offering SCUBA diving accreditation courses run by people with a genuine passion for the underwater world. With world-class diving locations available all up and down the WA coast, you don’t have to go overseas or interstate to encounter amazing marine environments.

Dine beneath the sea

Perth offers a lot of delicious restaurant options, but have you ever had a meal under the sea? AQWA invites you to indulge in their exclusive Dine Beneath the Sea experience. Enjoy a four-course meal specially prepared by AQWA’s Executive Chef as you take in the amazing marine life swimming overhead in Australia’s largest single aquarium. Check their website for upcoming dates.

Land a big one

A range of charter providers operates out of the Harbour with bucket-list-worthy experiences to suit everyone. Enjoy a great day out on the water deep-sea fishing with Blue Juice Charters or go further afield on a dedicated fishing holiday to the Montebello Islands. Get use out of your SCUBA ticket on a dive trip to the beautiful Abrolhos with Image Dive or spend the day just cruising up the coast with Wind Dancer Yacht Charters.

Take a winter plunge

A favourite past-time amongst the Danes, cold water swimming is considered a fantastic way to invigorate the senses and fight off the winter blues. Best of all, it’s completely free and what’s more iconic than taking a winter morning plunge with a group of mates off the Hillarys swim jetty? A team-building activity with a difference, be sure to warm up afterwards with a big brekkie from one of Hillarys’ delicious brunch spots.

Get on board with shuffleboard

Prefer your winter activities indoors where it’s nice and dry? The Shuffleroom at The Breakwater offers WA’s first-ever shuffleboard experience. The rules are super simple to learn so get your gang together and book a board to fight it out to claim the title of shuffle master! Because ticking off an item on your bucket list can be as simple as learning something new.