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Rottnest Island

Explore Rottnest on foot

There are lots of beautiful walk trails on Rottnest Island and for those who prefer to travel by foot its an ideal way to explore the Island's natural beauty and rich history.
 

You can take off by yourself to explore at your own leisure or join The Rottnest Voluntary Guides who run lots of free guided walks in and around the settlement. Our Voluntary Guides have a wealth of knowledge and deep passion for the Island so feel free to approach them with any questions or just to have a chat!

Walk Trails on Rottnest Island

 

Wadjemup Walk Trail (Class 3 trail)

Walk the first completed section of the long awaited Rottnest Island Walk Trail. Approximately 9.4km in distance, you'll explore the remnants of Coastal Defence systems installed during WWII.

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

Walking tours of Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island Daisies

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.

History of the Settlement

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

See the current Essential Guide for tour days and times.

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.

See the current Essential Guide for tour days and times.

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.

See the current Essential Guide for tour days and times.

Bickley Battery Walk

You'll enjoy stunning views on this 1.5hr walking tour.  Visit the Kingstown Barracks and walk to the site of the 6-inch guns that made up the Bickley Battery.

See the current Essential Guide for tour days and times.

Quokka Walk

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.

See the current Essential Guide for tour days and times.