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A beach-side suburb next to Sorrento and home of the Hillarys Marina or Sorrento Boat Harbour. This land was used by the army in World War 2. A Mr Bertram John Hillary built a beach shack here back in the 1930's. At the request of the Shire of Wanneroo, the locality was named after Mr Hillary. The Marina was a project of the Lombardo family who are well known in Fremantle for prawn and other seafood fishing, processing and selling. The Marina opened in 1988


Hillarys - Sorrento Quay Entrance

The entrance sign to Hillarys Boat Harbour located on the corner of West Coast Highway and Hepburn Avenue. This marina area has flourished since inception. Apart from extensive boat pens, there are shops, a hotel, a children's water park, family friendly beaches, AQWA, and the list goes on. January 2009. Photos Ref: HILL001


Hillarys - Sorrento Quay Apartments

These swish apartments must be great to live in. Just a few metres from the boat harbour (on the other side) or a very short stroll to the shops, restaurants and pub. Or if you fancy a bit of fishing, walk out of your front door and a drop a line into the water. Very pleasant aspect. January 2009. Photos Ref: HILL002


Hillarys - Sorrento Quay Beach

This swimming area is inside the boat harbour, sheltered from the ocean waves, and a good place for little children to swim (or learn to). Beyond is an amusement park. January 2009. Photos Ref: HILL003


Hillarys - Sorrento Quay Beach

What better way for these children to spend a hot summer's afternoon than messing around in safe waters at Hillarys? January 2014. Photos Ref: HILL004


Hillarys - Sorrento Quay Marina

West of the shops etc are seemingly thousands of boat pens housing literally millions of dollars worth of boats. Here are but a few.  January 2009. Photos Ref: HILL005


Hillarys - Breakwater Tavern

Looking across from the safe beach to the west, here is the Breakwater Tavern. January 2009. Photos Ref: HILL006


Hillarys - Sorrento Quay Shops

Shops facing the south side of the Marina. It's quiet at this time of day - 9.00am-ish on a weekday. It's a very different story in the evenings or on weekends, especially during the summer. January 2009. Photos Ref: HILL007


Hillarys - Sorrento Quay Shops

Some of the shops in the Marina shopping complex. Further along there are wooden floors. You can see the water below through the cracks. January 2009. Photos Ref: HILL008


Hillarys - Nino's Fish and Chips

Nino's fish and chips close to the waterfront. A very popular place to be especially in an early summer evening when the place is doing a roaring trade. May 2013. Photos Ref: HILL009


Hillarys - Bella Fonte Restaurant

Across the way from Nino's is the enormously popular and very attractive Bella Fonte Italian Restaurant. WealthSure Financial Planning Specialists is based upstairs. May 2013. Photos Ref: HILL010


Hillarys - Sorrento Quay Fun Park

Fantastic children's water playground. Quiet now at 9.00am but at peak times kids are lined up the steps in their hundreds waiting to whoooosh through those pipes on big inner-tubes right into the water at the bottom. Great fun.  January 2009. Photos Ref: HILL011

(May 2021: This was all pulled down some time ago)


Hillarys - Sorrento Quay Fun Park

An updated view of the fun park this time featuring part of the sky-high climbing obstacle course. A test of nerves. May 2013. Photos Ref: HILL012

(May 2021: This was all pulled down some time ago)


Hillarys - AQWA Entrance

Here's the entrance to AQWA (Aquarium of W.A. - formerly Underwater World) at the west end of the Sorrento Quay complex. Step right inside for a very fishy experience. September 2010. Photos Ref: HILL013


Hillarys - AQWA Ray Pool

One of the pools in AQWA. This one holds rays. September 2010. Photos Ref: HILL014


Hillarys - AQWA Sea Creatures

Colourful fish and other underwater creatures abound in the centre. September 2010. Photos Ref: HILL015


Hillarys - AQWA Sea Creatures

More underwater creatures at AQWA. I'm not going to give the whole game away here in these photos. In the depths of AQWA is an amazing display of giant turtles, sharks and rays ... but to see you'll just have to go there and see for yourself. September 2010. Photos Ref: HILL016


Hillarys - Spinnaker's Restaurant

This is Spinnaker's Restaurant on the northern side of Hillary's Harbour. There is a car park right next to it and that's as far west as you car drive a car over this side. Beyond is a walkway along the breakwater. April 2011. Photos Ref: HILL017


Hillarys - North Breakwater Lighthouse

Walking seawards from Spinnaker's the breakwater continues and to the end of it is the lighthouse. The light on top was actually relocated from a 1910 lighthouse formerly on Bedout Island some 50 kilometres off Port Hedland which was decommissioned in the 1980's due to a newer facility being built. April 2011. Photos Ref: HILL018


Hillarys - North Breakwater Lighthouse

A close-up of the base of the lighthouse. There are two stairways designed in a helix fashion on which you may climb up to the viewing platform you can see in the picture. April 2011. Photos Ref: HILL019


Hillarys - North Breakwater View to Coast

From the lighthouse viewing platform this is looking back along the breakwater to Spinnaker's and beyond to the coast. April 2011. Photos Ref: HILL020


Hillarys - North Breakwater View to Harbour

Again from the lighthouse viewing platform this is looking over the water towards Hillary's Boat Harbour shopping precinct. If you look carefully you can see Observation City in Scarborough way down the coast southwards, on the right. April 2011. Photos Ref: HILL021


Hillarys - North Breakwater View to AQWA

A closer view across part of the northern breakwater taking in AQWA at the centre on the other side of the water May 2013. Photos Ref: HILL022


Hillarys - International Signpost

This sign located close to the shops and beach shows just how internationally isolated we are in Perth. Not showing in the picture on the other side is New York 18,893 kilometres. May 2013. Photos Ref: HILL023

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