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Abrolhos Islands

One of Western Australia's most unique marine areas. 60km west of Geraldton, consisting of 122 islands extending north to south across 100km of ocean. The warm southern flowing current makes the marine environment surrounding the islands a combination of both tropical and temperate sea life. The current maintains water temperatures at about 20 - 22 degrees allowing corals, sea grasses, tropical fish and other sea life to thrive in an area they wouldn't normally be found. These islands are also the home of more than 90 species of sea birds.

The first European landing in Australia is believed to be at the Abrolhos Islands - albeit accidental. The Batavia - a Dutch East India company trading ship - was shipwrecked on Morning Reef in 1629. The water surrounding the islands is the graveyard to 18 other wrecks, mostly believed to be from the 19th century.

The Houtman Abrolhos Islands are home of commercial Western Rock Lobster fishermen for 14 weeks of the year and are uninhabited for the rest of the time. They are a great place to overfly or enjoy a quiet picnic on the beach, with a swim and snorkel to view the coral gardens just under the surface.

Abrolhos Islands Airport
Photo credit: Peter Taylor
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About Us

Shine aviation services is a Geraldton based, family owned and operated, with a fleet of nine aircraft. carrying in excess of 10,000 passengers per annum to and through the Mid West region and employing a young, enthusiastic local team of nine people. Tourism product includes Scenic Day trips to the Abrolhos Islands with lunch, snorkelling equipment supplied, Fly-Over Tours of the Abrolhos Islands, and Tiger Moth Joy-Rides, Abrolhos Murchison Tours - in fact your tour can be designed to your interests and budget.

Abrolhos Islands AirportIn 1980 a large general aviation company called Transwest (now Skywest Airlines) closed down its Geraldton operations leaving Chris Shine with some big decisions. Chris could either stay with Transwest as a pilot and relocate to the north of the state, or remain in Geraldton to face an uncertain future Chris decided to stay, and as the four seater Cessna 172 pulled out of the hangar on the morning of 10th of July 1980, Shine Aviation Services was born.

Armed with substantial flying qualifications and a burning desire to succeed, Chris provided flight instructor lessons and ad-hoc charter flying for the first two years of operation. 1982 arrived, and was certainly a significant turning point in Shine Aviation Services' long 23 year history. During that year, Shine Aviation Services won the contract of the Geraldton Fishermen's Co-Operative, flying and managing the movement of passengers during the Abrolhos Island Rock Lobster Season.

Business steadily increased, and a second late model Cessna 172 was purchased as a training plane. 1990 saw the mining industry in the region experience an upsurge, bringing with it an increase in fly-in/fly-out charter work. A twin engine Piper Navajo was purchased to meet these growing demands.

Abrolhos Islands AirportIn 1990 Shine Aviation entered into a contract with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority to provide the region's air cover during search and rescue emergencies. This contract is still running, now with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority. The pilots are checked every four months to ensure their competency in carrying out this very demanding role and over the past thirteen years, Shine Aviation has undertaken several successful rescue operations. AMSA equipment is stored in a store room adjoining the lounge area of our terminal, ideally situated to all facilities so as to minimise the problems associated with preparing an aircraft for SAR duties in minimal time.

The visitor and pleasure-flying markets also continued to grow and in 1994, a 1940 Tiger Moth was purchased to provide an additional and unique aircraft experience for those with a taste for adventure. The plane was taken to York for complete restoration and returned to Geraldton in 1996 to take her place as the "Grand Old Lady" of the Shine Aviation fleet and is the only Tiger Moth operating commercially in Western Australia outside the Perth metropolitan area.

Tourist interest in visiting the neighbouring Houtman Abrolhos Islands continued to grow year after year so in late 1995, a five seater Cessna 206 Amphibian Float Plane was acquired for the sole purpose of making the Abrolhos Islands more accessible to visitors. The float plane provides the ideal way to enable tourists to visit these unique islands while adding a large pinch of flying (and landing!) excitement. Over the past two years, Shine Aviation's Abrolhos Island flights have carried many visitors to see and experience one of Western Australia's most unique marine areas, rich in sea and bird life, and steeped in European arrival history.

Contact

C/- Post Office Moonyoonooka wa 6532
Airport & A/Hours (08) 9923 3600 fax (08) 9923 3793
Mobile 0409 919 755 or 0417 911 342
Email: shine at modnet com au


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