Free guided walking tours
Learn about Rottnest Island's history by taking a 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
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.
Discover the famous marsupial unique to Rottnest Island, the quokka. Learn about the iconic and mysterious animal and watch them in their natural habitat.
Explore the Wadjemup Walk Trail
Leave the bitumen roads behind and experience the unique natural beauty of Rottnest Island in an environmentally sustainable way.
Over the next 5 years the Rottnest Island Authority will be constructing 50km of walking trails throughout the reserve. The Trail will be made up of 5 sections, each boasting unique experiences. Each unique section is rich with culturally and environmentally significant landmarks to interpret and experience.
Walk the first completed sections of the long awaited 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”.
You will also be able to walk from Oliver Hill to Salmon Bay and Oliver Hill to Wadjemup Lighthouse by the end of 2014.
Don't forget to stop and enjoy the panoramic views from the elevated Vlamingh Lookout located only 500m from the settlement (accessed next to the European cemetery).
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 www.rottnestfoundation.org.au
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
Rottnest Island Tours
For current bus schedules and tour times, download the current Essential Guide or pick one up from the Visitor Centre on arrival.
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.
|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 at the Visitor Centre.
Oliver Hill Gun and Tunnels Tour
Now 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 2pm. Tickets 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.
|Adult ||Concession ||Child ||Family ||Extra Child |
| ||$9.00 ||$7.00 ||$4.00 ||$20.00 ||$2.00 |
Prices as of 1st September 2014
It’s time to get on board a Segway! 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 segwaytourswa.com.au or call 1300 80 81 80. Located at the historic Kingstown Barracks.