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Rottnest Island

Free guided walking tours

Rottnest Island Daisies

Free walking tour with the Rottnest Voluntary Guides Association. Find out more about the Association by visiting the Rottnest Voluntary Guides Association website, or by visiting the Guides in the Rottnest Island Visitor Centre upon arrival.

See the current Essential Guide for tour days and times.

History of the Settlement

See where gaolers and ship pilots lived and worked. Learn about how Rottnest became an Aboriginal prison in 1838.

Reefs, Wrecks and Daring Sailors

Hear alluring tales of shipwrecks and sailors on this scenic walk to Bathurst Lighthouse. See the boathouse and replica pilot boat along the way.

Vlamingh Lookout and Salt Lakes Walk

Quokka Walk

Enjoy stunning views from lookouts and lakes at the heart of the island and learn about the remarkable agriculture carried out by Rottnest’s early inhabitants.

Quokka Walk

Discover the famous marsupial unique to Rottnest Island, the quokka. Learn about the iconic and mysterious animal and watch them in their natural habitat.

Wadjemup Walk Trail (self-guided tour)

Leave the bitumen roads behind and experience the unique natural beauty of Rottnest Island in an environmentally sustainable way. Find out more about the Wadjemup Walk Trail (Class 3 trail).

Walk the first completed sections of the long awaited 50km Wadjemup Walk Trail:

The Bickley Bay Walk: Completed in December 2013, this section traverses the south east corner of the Island - Thomson Bay to Oliver Hill. Approximately 9.4km in distance, you'll explore the remnants of Coastal Defence systems installed during WWII.

The Lakes Walk: Starting from Thomson Bay Settlement and heading west out of Digby Drive, this section meanders through the lake systems including a magical stroll along the Lakes Boardwalk which provides the façade of “walking on water”.

The remaining section of the Lakes, Little Parakeet Bay to the Settlement, via the North Eastern corner of the Island, will be complete by June 2015.

Salmon Bay Walk:  You can now walk from Oliver Hill to Wadjemup Lighthouse along the newest section of trail!  There is also a link from Oliver Hill to Salmon Bay, where the Rottnest Rangers are currently constructing a new beach access! This will be open by mid-December 2014.

The Rottnest Foundation is a not-for-profit volunteer organisation that is currently raising funding for the Wadjemup Walk Trail Project and the Repair & Restoration of the Aboriginal Burial Ground. To support these projects, please visit

The Lakes Walk- Boardwalk

Other Heritage Trails

Walk one of the heritage trails on Rottnest and learn about the island's rich cultural history.

  • Bickley Battery Heritage Trail (Military)
  • Oliver Hill Heritage Trail (Military)
  • Rottnest Ship Wrecks Heritage Trail – Land and Water
  • Colonial Buildings Heritage Trail
  • Parker Point Loop Environmental Trail
  • Signal Ridge Heritage Trail


Tours of Island Attractions

Island Explorer

Explore the Island with this fun convenient multi-purpose service. Purchase your all day tickets at the Visitor Centre and enjoy the ride. Jump off at your favourite bay, climb the lighthouse, visit West End or kick back and enjoy the ride and spectacular views. Weekend, Holiday, Annual and Boaties Passes also available. Speak to the friendly team at the Visitor Centre upon arrival, or call (08) 9372 9730.

1-Day Pass

Adult Concession Child Family Extra Child One- Way
$20.00  $16.00  $12.00     $50.00      $5.00     $10.00   

Prices as of 16th Dec 2013                         

Oliver Hill Train Ride

Enjoy a train ride from the Settlement Railway Station to Oliver Hill on the Island’s 64-seat Captain Hussey train, where you can admire the beauty of the Island’s south-side. Tickets available online or at the Visitor Centre. Make sure you book in advance to secure your spot!  

Booking this ride is now easier than ever...
Online booking now available!

Oliver Hill Gun and Tunnels Tour

Oliver Hill ArtillaryNow re-opened after important conservation works to the nationally significant defence heritage sites at Oliver Hill. Enjoy a Mini Island Tour taking in highlights of the island's south-side on the way to inspect the restored World War II 9.2 inch gun and maze of underground tunnels. Find out why guns were installed on Rottnest Island and how they operated. One hour tour operates daily at 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pmTickets available at Oliver Hill and the Visitor Centre. 

Oliver Hill Tour Prices

Adult Concession  Child Family (2x2) Extra Child
Oliver Hill Train Ride ONLY $20.00  $16.00  $13.00     $41.00      $5.00    
Oliver Hill Guns and Tunnels Tour $9.00 $7.00 $4.00 $20.00 $2.00
Guns and Tunnels Tour PLUS Train Ride $29.00 $22.50  $16.50 $62.00 $7.50

Prices as of 1st September 2014                         

Wadjemup Lighthouse Tour

Take the Island Explorer bus service or ride your bike to Wadjemup Hill and experience the breathtaking 360 degree views from Wadjemup Lighthouse, the crystal sapphire Indian Ocean waters frame a stunning picture of the Island. This is also a unique opportunity to discover what goes on within the walls of a real working lighthouse.

The Lighthouse tour will commence at 11am and then every half hour till the last tour at 2:30pm.

Please check with the Visitor Centre each day as Lighthouse Tours are subject to availability.

Tour Rate

Adult Concession Child Family Extra Child
$9.00  $7.00  $4.00     $20.00      $2.00    

Prices as of 1st September 2014                                                            


Explore Rottnest Island's breathtaking scenery and natural beauty on your own revolutionary set of wheels.

Segway Tours WA will lead you on a journey of discovery and exploration into Rottnest's most hidden treasures. Entertain all your senses as you glide effortlessly around this magnificent island rich with history and diversity.  

Be one of the first people to enjoy this exciting, eco-friendly adventure. Gliding on a Segway is easy to learn and you'll quickly be on your way to experiencing Western Australia's iconic island. We provide informative safe, fun tours from 12 years of age and above. If you just wish to experience a ride on a Segway, please visit our Segway Experience Zone on the Island. 

Find us at or call 1300 80 81 80. Located at the historic Kingstown Barracks. 

Rottnest Adventure Tour

Eco Adventure Tour

Jump on the Eco Express for a 90 minute journey of Rottnest Island’s wild side. The hi-speed boat will complete a full circumnavigation (weather permitting) of the Island’s remote and wonderful coastline. Discover waters teeming with rarely-seen wildlife, including the majestic Humpback Whales (September to November) and the delightful antics of the New Zealand Fur Seal colony out at Cathedral Rocks. You will also be taken on a journey through the island’s rich history including Aboriginal, European, military and colonial and social heritage.

Operating Season: Daily tours operate (morning and afternoon) from September to June. Visit the Rottnest Express website for full tour details or to book, call 1300 467 688.       


Rottnest Island Bike Tour

Jump on a fascinating journey through the islands earliest history, while you enjoy the stunning scenery. Be guided through the ages of the iconic island with passionate and knowledgeable guides from Two Feet and a Heartbeat.

You will be told tales about the first time Willem De Vlamingh recorded the island’s existence in the 1600s, through to its use as an Aboriginal Prison in the 1800s, military occupation during the first and second World Wars, and its emergence as the famed “Isle of Girls”.

2.5 hour tour departs from outside the Visitor Centre at 8:15am and 11:15am.

Visit the Rottnest Express website for full tour details or to book, call 1300 467 688.

Discovery Couch Tour

Explore the beauty and tranquility of Rottnest as you relax in the comfort of an air conditioned coach. This 90 minute circumnavigation of the island takes you out to some of Rottnest’s most spectacular locations and provides you with a complete interpretation of the island through passionate and knowledgeable crew. This tour provides insight into Rottnest’s cultural and historical heritage, diverse wildlife and fauna and social heritage.  You will also have a chance to step outside and have a stroll along the boardwalk at the majestic look-out point at West End.

Visit the Rottnest Express website for full tour details or to book, call 1300 467 688.

Underwater Rottnest Tour

Get on board the Eco Express for a high powered snorkelling adventure. Explore the unique marine environment; see colourful fish and other incredible creatures. Get there faster, snorkel longer! Tour not suited for children under 8 years. Each child must be accompanied by an Adult.

Operating Season: Daily tours depart from Berth Zero (Main Jetty) at 1.45pm, from 6th December – late April. Visit the Rottnest Express website for full tour details or to book, call 1300 467 688.

Omakase - Fully Escorted Island Tour

Let our knowledgeable and experienced Japanese speaking guide help you discover Rottnest Island. Choose either a Discovery Coach Tour or a full Day Bike Hire and complete your experience with a delicious lunch before returning to the mainland.

Tour includes: Japanese speaking guide, Rottnest Island admission fee, morning hotel transfers from most metropolitan hotels, Swan River Cruise with commentary (from Perth only), lunch, Island Discovery Tour or cycling.

Visit for current prices and more information.
Phone 1300 467 688 or +61 8 9432 0890