The Garden Island Fishing and Aquatic Association is an incorporated body, originally established in 1958 to manage and protect the interests and property of the cottage owners on the North End of the Island. When the Armaments depot was established in Sulphur Bay the cottages were demolished and quite a few of their owners, rather than give up the “Island Life” started to holiday on board their boats. In 1981 the Association was resurrected to cater for the boating public who visit the Island. With interest by the boating public in visiting Garden Island rapidly increasing as southern metropolitan Perth expands, the need for a formal management policy for recreational boat mooring within the Controlled Naval Waters which surround Garden Island has been recognised. An Interim Mooring Management Policy was established in 1997 and following review, the Garden Island Recreational Moorings Management Policy (2005) for public mooring is the current policy which GIFAA’s Constitution and rules are formed under. Our aims are to preserve public access, the environment and the facilities that we enjoy today. There are no public moorings and use is not permitted without permission.

Mooring Catergories Colours have changed:

CLICK HERE to go to About Moorings to view the changes.


Rafting of vessels is not permitted by order Superintendent of the Garden Island Naval Waters.

No anchoring within 50m of any mooring

Speed limits in the bays not to exceed 5 knots

Dogs/Pets are not permitted on Garden Island

Vessels over 13 metres cannot access Herring Bay

GIFAA COVID-19 Update 2

In order to comply with current government social distancing guidelines and do our bit to preserve the ongoing use for our members, your committee has agreed that effectively immediately

  • New GIFAA memberships are now being processed.
  • We also recommend that all vessels visiting the island must maintain government social distancing guidelines.

Please note that if you are currently visiting the toilets of picnic areas, surface cleaning product has been supplied in all areas. Please use this for maintaining hygiene in these areas and do not take the product with you.

If visitors continue to disregard current social distancing requirements further steps will be taken and this may include closure of all BBQ’s and restricting access to all facilities at both Herring Bay and Pig Trough Bay

Thank you for your ongoing support and please contact us if you require further information.

Pete Fry

Garden Island Fishing and Aquatic Association (Inc)

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Beach Emergency Number (BEN) Signs

If you’re boating to Garden Island, look out for the recently installed 11 Beach Emergency Signs at various locations across the island. Remember to take note of the nearest BEN sign number; in the event of an emergency you will need to tell the 000 operator this information.

The official map of all the signs can be found at:

DoT recommences flare disposal service

You can again dispose of out of date flares at selected Department of Transport (DoT) offices.
For information about DoT offices currently accepting flares for disposal and other locations including the Western Australian Local Government Association centres or Volunteer Marine Rescue groups please visit to read all about flares.