Island Bus Tours

Explore the Island in a fun and convenient way.

Island Explorer Bus

Enjoy a relaxing ride, jumping on and off at your favourite beaches, bay and attractions. Stop to Climb the Wadjemup lighthouse, visit West End or kick back and enjoy the ride and spectacular views. Purchase your day, weekend and holiday passes online NOW.

You can also buy tickets on the Island at the Rottnest Island Visitor Centre or automatic Kiosk located beside the main bus stop.


ADAMS have an Annual Transport Pass which provides unlimited usage of the hop on hop off Island Explorer service and the accommodation shuttle that runs between Geordie Bay, Kingston Barracks and the settlement. More information available here. 

Bike & Bus Tour

Ride your Rottnest Island Pedal & Flipper Hire bike until you are tired (or if the weather changes) then jump on an Island Explorer bus and return to the settlement in climate-controlled comfort. Simply leave your bike at a numbered bus stop and they will collect your bike for you later.  

Discovery Tour

Explore the beauty and tranquillity 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.

Click here for more information about this tour.


Coach and Train Tours

Explore the stunning beauty of this A Class reserve in air conditioned comfort, taking in the amazing fauna and flora of the island, stunning beaches, woodlands and incredible salt lakes – all ending in a unique historic train ride. 

Grand Island Tour - 4 hour duration 

(Includes Lunch)

This all-inclusive Island tour includes all of Rottnest’s must see locations including the Wadjemup Lighthouse, Henrietta Rocks, Oliver Hill Gun Fortification and Tunnels and the majestic look-out point at the rugged Cathedral Rocks and Cape Vlamingh.  All major habitats are covered on this amazing tour, including Rottnest Island's cultural and historical heritage ranging from Maritime, Colonial and Military history to future developments.

Departs: Daily from the Settlement Railway Station in Thomson Bay at 11:30am

Finishes: At the Main bus stop at 3:30pm


  • Relaxing 5.5km train ride on the “Captain Hussey” 
  • Intriguing 1-hour guided tour of the Oliver Hill Guns & Tunnels
  •  Enjoy a delicious light lunch (provided)
  •  The characteristic and historic Main Settlement
  •  Henrietta Rocks, ship wrecks and maritime history
  •  Native Quokkas (The happiest animal on Earth!)
  •  Picturesque Parker Point – Stunning Bays and Beaches
  •  Wadjemup Lighthouse and Noongar (Aboriginal) history
  •  Rugged “West End” board walks and Fur Seal colony
  •  The Salt Lakes and Thomson’s farm


  • Historic Train Ride
  • Oliver Hill Tunnel Tour
  • Light sandwich packed lunch
  • Complete island circumnavigation guided air conditioned coach tour
  • Multiple photo opportunities
  • Local knowledgeable guides


  • We suggest bringing comfortable walking shoes, hat, camera,  sunscreen, swim wear and a towel in the event of a quick swim/dip into the water during post tour free time
  • All admission fees are included within the ticket price
  • Ferry transport is not included in the itinerary

To book your seat on the Grand Island Tour, please visit the Rottnest Island Visitor Centre or book online.

Bayseeker Island Tour - 1 hour 45 minute duration

This all-inclusive Island tour includes all of Rottnest’s must see locations including the Wadjemup Lighthouse, Henrietta Rocks, the majestic look-out point at the rugged Cathedral Rocks and Cape Vlamingh and Oliver Hill Gun Fortification.  All major habitats are covered on this amazing tour, including Rottnest’s cultural and historical heritage ranging from Maritime, Colonial and Military history to future developments.

Departs: Daily from the Main Bus Stop in Thomson Bay at 1.45pm

Finishes: Back at the Main Bus Stop in Thomson Bay at 3.30pm


  • The characteristic and historic Main Settlement
  • Henrietta Rocks, ship wrecks and maritime history
  • Native Quokkas (The happiest animal on Earth!)
  • Picturesque Parker Point – Stunning Bays and Beaches
  • Wadjemup Lighthouse and Noongar (Aboriginal) history
  • Rugged “West End” board walks and Fur Seal colony
  • The Salt Lakes, Thomson’s farm and Oliver Hill Gun 


  • Complete Island circumnavigation guided air conditioned coach tour
  • Multiple photo opportunities
  • Local knowledgeable guides


  • We suggest bringing comfortable walking shoes, hat, camera, sunscreen, swim wear and a towel in the event of a quick swim/dip into the water during post tour free time
  • All admission fees are included within the ticket price
  • Ferry transport is not included in the itinerary
To book your seat on the Bay Seeker Tour, please visit the Rottnest Island Visitor Centre or book online

Charter1 - Luxury Sailing Catamaran Tours

Experience the best of Rottnest on this sailing adventure via a luxury sailing catamaran. 

Our team of expert and passionate crew live and breathe these waters – there’s nothing we enjoy more than sharing our little slice of paradise with you.

Come with us as we sail on our luxury catamaran fitted full of snorkel gear and a bunch of toys to play around in.

Cost: From $55 per person

All Year Round – subject to weather conditions

T: 0499 444 796 W:

Eco Express Marine Tours

Get on board the Eco Express for these high powered adventure tours, exploring the waters around Rottnest Island.

Rottnest Adventure Tour

Encounter rarely seen wildlife and explore the Island's wonderful coastline, with its secluded bays and idyllic beaches. Enjoy interpretive and entertaining commentary from knowledgeable and passionate guides.   To book or find out more, visit the Rottnest Express website or phone 1300 467 688.  

Underwater Rottnest Tour

Explore the Island's unique marine environment on this high powered snorkelling adventure. See colourful fish and many other incredible creatures as you snorkel the underwater playgrounds surrounding Rottnest Island. The tour is suitable for anyone from 8 years of age. To book or find out more, visit the Rottnest Express website or phone 1300 467 688.

Electric Bike Tours

Exploring stunning Rottnest Island by bicycle is a must-do experience! Have no idea where to start? Grab an Island map from the Visitor Centre or head on a guided bike tour!

Paul's Eco E-Bike Tour

Peddle with ease and see the sights as you travel the Island on electric bikes.  Follow your guide to enjoy the environment and history along the way.   Stop for your lunch at the West End and go for a swim right at the end.

4-hour tour includes
  • Guided tour of the Island on E-bikes (electric bikes)
  • Free bottle of water and a piece of fruit.
  • Lunch with extra drink (Subway) supplied for an additional $10 or bring your own.
  • Swimming at the Basin or best option.

Tour price including return ferry travel with Rottnest Fast Ferries (departs Hillarys Boat Harbour at 10:00am)
E-Bike Tour with lunch: $190.00 per person
E-Bike Tour without lunch: $180.00 per person

Tour price with SeaLink Rottnest Island (excluding Ferry)
E-Bike Tour with lunch: $87.00 per person
E-Bike Tour without lunch: $77.00 per person

Tour prices (from the Island)
E-Bike Tour with lunch: $87.00 per person
E-Bike Tour without lunch: $77.00 per person

Tour operates 4 days a week: Tuesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Tour Begins 11:00am on Island (allow 4 hours)

Minimum age of 12 accompanied by an adult. Minimum of 2 participants and Max of 8 participants per tour.

Tickets available at the Visitor's Centre (call or text before 9am to check availability), or book through Rottnest Fast Ferries or SeaLink Rottnest.

For enquiries, call Paul Bowers on 0467 063 410 or email

Free Guided Walking Tour

While exploring Rottnest Island, you will be intrigued by stories of the past and want to discover more about our very unique Island.

The Rottnest Voluntary Guides Association offer a fascinating and educational range of free guided walking tours that for all visitors to enjoy. These tours depart regularly from the Meeting Post, located outside the Salt Store in the Main Settlement. Tour days and times can also be found on the signs beside the meeting point or inside your current Island Guide.

History of the Settlement

See where gaolers and ship pilots lived and worked. Learn about how Rottnest became an Aboriginal prison in 1838. This 1 hour walking tour departs daily from the meeting post at 1.15pm.  

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. This 1 hour walking tour departs from the meeting post at 11am every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

Vlamingh Lookout and Salt Lakes Walk

Enjoy stunning views of the Island and learn about the remarkable agriculture carried out by the early settlers of Rottnest Island. From lookouts and lakes at the heart of the island, this 45 minute walking tour departs Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from the meeting post at 11:00am.

Meet a Quokka

Meet the iconic Rottnest quokka and get your very own #quokkaselfie. This 40 minute walking tour departs daily from the meeting post at 10:00am.

Quokka Walk

Discover the famous marsupial unique to Rottnest Island, the quokka. Learn about this iconic and mysterious animal and watch them in their natural habitat. This 45 minute walking tour departs daily from the meeting post at 2:30pm.

Whitecaps and Wilderness Tour

Join one of three tours for a short 30 to 45-minute walk from Parker Point to Little Salmon Bay. Tour times are 9.15, 10.15 and 11.15 each day. Catch the 9.00, 10.00 or 11.00 bus from the Settlement  to Parker Point and enjoy some of the scenic splendour of Rottnest. Guides will also provide information on flora and fauna, the marine reserves and many other things.

Rottnest Island Voluntary Guides Association

To discover more out more about these tours and the Rottnest Island Voluntary Guides Association, visit the Rottnest Voluntary Guides Association website, or speak to the Guides based in the Rottnest Island Visitor Centre.

Rottnest Island Glass Bottom Sea Kayaking Tours

Experience Rottnest’s pristine, crystal waters from above and below on a glass bottom sea kayaking tour.

Your tour will start with a short bus ride to the calmest bay on the island at that very moment, before the guides unload the kayaks, fit everyone for a life jacket and we set off on an adventure! 

Paddle into secluded bays, inaccessible to those on the land and too shallow for those on a boat. Even if you have been going to Rottnest for years, you have probably never seen it like this.

The clear floored kayaks also offer our guests a window into the world below. See colourful marine life, coral, and fascinating reef formations whilst staying (relatively) high and dry.

Our glass bottom sea kayaking tours are for those looking for an active, yet relaxed experience of the island. Yes, you will need your sense of adventure, but you do not need to be an elite athlete. If you have decent upper body strength and are capable of sitting in a small craft for 2 hours, then you can do this. Oh, and you should be able to swim too, just in case you fall in. 

At the end of the tour, hop back on the bus for a lift back to the main settlement.

Tours are 3 hours long with roughly 2 hours on the water. Each tour will be run according to current weather conditions, so you will never know what you are going to get! Guests should come in clothing appropriate for the sun and sea. It is rare for guests to fall in, but you should expect to get a bit wet. Life jackets and sunscreen provided.

Starting January 2019 - Book your tour at or at the Rottnest Island Visitors Centre.

Scenic Joy Flights

Take a breathtaking scenic joy flight over Rottnest for a stunning aerial views of the whole Island.

Rottnest Air Taxi operates regular scheduled flights every hour during daylight hours. Flight times are around 12 minutes each way, with the option to add discounted scenic detours as well. Fly from Perth to Rottnest Island return from $99 per person for a group of five, taking you directly over Fremantle and the lower Swan, with spectacular views along the river towards Perth itself, and of course a unique perspective on Rotto as you arrive to!  

Visit or call 0421 389 831 to book your flights today.

Lighthouse Tours

There are two lighthouses situated on Rottnest Island.

Wadjemup Lighthouse Tour

Located at the centre of the Island, you can get to the Wadjemup Lighthouse by bike (15 minute ride), bus or get there by foot via the Wadjemup Walk Trail.

Take the Island Explorer bus 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 commences daily at 10am and runs every half hour until the last tour at 2.30pm.

Wadjemup Lighthouse Tour prices:

  • Lighthouse Tour - Adult $9.00; Concession $7.00; Child $4.00; Family $20.00, Extra Child $2.00

The tours are subject to availability and are not yet available online, so please enquire at the Rottnest Island Visitor Centre for availability and bookings.

Bathurst Lighthouse

Located on the coastline in Bathurst, this lighthouse runs automatically and is closed to visitors. Bathurst Lighthouse is a great spot to capture breath-taking sunsets over famous Pinky Beach.

Museums and Galleries

Visit the museums and galleries on Rottnest Island and soak up some of the local history and culture.

Rottnest Island Museum

Housed in the original old mill and haystore, it was built by Aboriginal prisoners in 1857. The museum provides fascinating insights and comprehensive information about the Island including history, marine wrecks, European settlement, Aboriginal prisoners, communication and recreations.

Entry is by a gold coin donation. 

For Museum information, please call 9372 9703. For school groups, please see education information.

Salt Store Gallery and Exhibition Centre

Located in the centre of the Thomson Bay Settlement, the Salt Store is one of the oldest buildings on Rottnest Island.

Constructed by Aboriginal prisoners in 1868, the Salt Store was originally used to hold the bagged salt collected from two of Rottnest Island's salt lakes, ready for transportation to Fremantle.

In 1997 the limestone building was restored but still retains many of its original features. Today, this relaxed and unconventional venue is primarily used as a gallery space and hosts a variety of interpretive displays and unique art and photography exhibitions.

The Salt Store is available to hire for individuals and groups. If you are interested in hiring the Salt Store for your next exhibition, please contact the Product Development Officer.

Free entry. 

Lomas Cottage

Located on the Heritage Common, this cottage was originally built for John Lomas, an ex-convict and later ‘Imperial Pauper’ for whom the Government provided housing and provisions.

Over the years the cottage has served many different purposes. In 1997 it was restored to its original form and now serves as an exhibition space. The cottage provides interpretive information on the intriguing life of John Lomas and houses The Angelo Collection.

The 15 photographs which comprise the Angelo Collection represent some of the most significant portraits of life on Rottnest Island in the 19th Century.

The collection contains photographs of male Aboriginal prisoners engaged in a variety of activities on Rottnest Island and are perhaps the most significant and poignant photographs of their type. 

Pilot Boathouse

A striking display of Rottnest's maritime history, featuring a replica pilot boat and historic photographs. Located in the seawall east of the Visitor Centre.

Please note the Pilot Boathouse is only open on special event days.

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Oliver Hill

Oliver Hill is located close to the centre of Rottnest Island and features a military remnants from World War II including a 9.2 inch gun and maze of underground tunnels.

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.  The train departs daily from the Settlement Railway at 12:30pm, 1.30pm and 2:30pm(train ride only). Boarding closes 10 minutes prior.

You can purchase your tickets online

Alternatively, you can buy tickets on the Island at either the Rottnest Island Visitor Centre or automatic Kiosk located at the main bus stop. Make sure you book in advance to secure your spot!

Oliver Hill Gun and Tunnel Tour

Now re-opened after important conservation works to the nationally significant defense 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 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm. Tickets available at Oliver Hill and the Rottnest Island Visitor Centre.

Oliver Hill Prices:

  • Oliver Hill Train Ride Only - Adult $20.00; Concession $15.00; Child $13.00; Family $41.00, Extra Child $5.00
  • Oliver Hill Gun & Tunnel Tour - Adult $9.00; Concession $7.00; Child $4.00; Family $20.00, Extra Child $2.00
  • Oliver Hill Gun & Tunnel PLUS Train Ride - Adult $29.00; Concession $22.50; Child $16.50; Family $62.00, Extra Child $7.50 


Rotorvation Helicopters

Helicopter Tours

Depart from Hillarys Boat Harbour or Jandakot Airport and arrive in style in your own private helicopter from Rotorvation Helicopters.

Marvel at the stunning views and visibility that only helicopters can offer and allow for maximum time to explore the island or enjoy a leisurely lunch at one of the islands excellent restaurants.

Already on the island and want to upgrade your ferry ticket to a helicopter flight home! We can pick you up from the island!

Return, one way and Heli/Ferry packages available.

Visit  to book your private helicopter!

Rottnest Cruises’ Wild Seafood Experience

Live like a Rottnest millionaire on Rottnest Cruises’ Wild Seafood Experience – a decadent ‘sea to plate’ crayfishing tour on a luxury charter boat.  

Join us from our departure point on Thomson Bay, in the centre of Rottnest, for an 11am cruise. You’ll cruise out to the pots enjoying local sparkling wine and canapes then you’ll help the crew catch your lobster for lunch from one of their pots, then see it cooked in front of you within a fresh, local West Australian seafood banquet while we pull up in one of Rottnest’s iconic bays.  Here, along with at least half a lobster, you’ll enjoy live oysters freshly shucked for you, fresh caught crab, marinated octopus, sashimi salmon, seafood skewers, plus hot and cold side dishes and a palate cleansing dessert (menu may have seasonal variations). 

This comes along with complimentary local sparkling and still wines, beer and soft drink served throughout your trip. Don’t forget to bring your swimming gear if you want to float off our marlin board!

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Seaplane Tours

Take off in front of Perth City, and experience a 12 minute full city-scenic flight and low level figure 8 of Rottnest Island before your full-day Rottnest Island adventure!

Fly directly from the Swan River and arrive on Rottnest Island in luxurious style. With the Rottnest Island full day tour, your group will exclusively experience a fully guided visit to all of the bays and beaches via private coach and miniature-train. With a delicious morning tea and lunch at Hotel Rottnest, you will return to Perth in the afternoon with a superb water landing on the Swan River. 

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Rottnest Dive and Undersea Walk

Rottnest Dive and Undersea Walk are very excited to be able to offer Sea-Trek helmet diving tours on Perth’s own island paradise, Rottnest.  

Our tours are suitable for people of all shapes and sizes and fitness levels - you don’t even have to know how to swim, and no SCUBA diving or snorkelling experience is needed.  

Undersea walks are a bucket-list experience for normal, everyday people who have always wanted to experience life under the waves for themselves, safely and easily.  
Guest's can just turn up with bathers and towel, and our very experienced, very friendly team of SCUBA diving professionals will gear them up, train them up and then take them down for a walk under the sea.  And take stunning underwater photos and video of them on tour that they can share with friends and family too!

Seabob Tours

If you want the newest, coolest, most unique way to explore the warm, sparkling ocean waters of Rottnest, then you’ve come to the right place. For the ultimate driving pleasure, simply head for the water at Pinky Beach. No boundaries, no limits. You will experience vast open spaces and pure freedom with the SEABOB at Rottnest. 

At Pinky Beach you will find The SEABOB, the most technologically advanced underwater and above water personal propulsion device in the world. It will have you swimming like a dolphin and feeling at one with the ocean. It is the latest and greatest technology serving as your personal underwater scooter for effortlessly moving through the most beautiful underwater landscapes in all of Western Australia and is found exclusively at Rottnest Island. 

Fully electric and whisper quiet the SEABOB will excite your senses and provide you an underwater experience like no other. This also means 100% environmentally friendly with ZERO emissions. Based at the amazing Pinky Beach, you’re in for a mesmerising underwater experience, you will get to see some of the most untouched and beautiful reef systems that WA has to offer in a completely safe and enclosed basin surrounded by beautiful reef and the most amazing underwater life. Our professional guides can work with any level of experience, whether you’re brand new to snorkelling or have been doing it for years.
For memories that will last a lifetime, book your underwater adventure with Seabob Tours today!

Suitable for all ages from 8 to 90 years old.

Segway Tours

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 the island, rich with history and diversity. Gliding on a Segway is easy to learn and you'll quickly be on your way to experiencing an exciting, eco-friendly adventure.

1 hour Settlement Explorer tour

After being trained to safely ride and operate your Segway, you will be taken on a journey of exploration through the Thomson Bay Settlement. Learn about the amazing and sometimes controversial history of this pristine island. Cruise with us on your Segway and absorb the picturesque vistas of the natural beauty of the island. What you experience will leave you spellbound and wanting more.


  • Beautiful Thomson Bay
  • The Quod
  • Heritage Common area
  • Lomas Cottage
  • Pilot boathouse
  • North Thomson Settlement
  • The Basin
  • Bathurst Lighthouse

1½ hour Fortress Adventure

This adventure takes you off-road to some of Rottnest’s most amazing places following a brief training session. We’ll let you get to know your Segway in our off-road experience area before embarking of an amazing tour, delving into the military heritage of Rottnest and its pivotal role in the defence of Fremantle Harbour. Learn how important Rottnest Island was in defence strategy during World War II. You’ll also have time to appreciate the pristine coastline and natural environment during your tour, pausing for photographs along the way.


  • Visit the Bickley Battery gun emplacements
  • Jubilee lookout with panoramic views of the sparkling Indian Ocean

Our Summer schedule operates 7 days, with 4 tours per day. 

Segway Tours WA provide informative, safe fun tours to all ages from 12 years and above. If you just wish to experience a Segway Tour on Rottnest Island, visit or call 1300 80 81 80. Book online or contact our office. 

Corporate, private tours and team building exercises available - call Belinda 0418 383 951.

Winner of the WA Tourism Award for New Tourism Development and TripAdvisor’s #1 tour to do on Rottnest Island.

Sub Sea Explorer Marine Tours


The Sub Sea Explorer is here! Ship wrecks, coral, tropical fish, marine animals are just the start of what you will see aboard Western Australia’s famous custom-built semi-submersible vessel with its huge underwater viewing windows.

Departing from the Fuel Jetty, you will be taken on a journey of discovery like no other and visit the ship wrecks of the Denton Holme (1890) and SS Macedon (1883) that became wrecked on Kingston Reef. Learn about the maritime history of the Island and how these vessels, like many others, became wrecked around The Island.

Learn about the ocean currents that have shaped Rottnest and why we see new tropical species of fish and corals now calling Rottnest home.

The Sub Sea Explorer is an educational tour with commentary on ocean currents, marine species, maritime history and ship wrecks from on-board marine biologist. The importance of marine conservation will be emphasised by the passionate Sub Sea staff.

Bookings are essential. Book here.

The Sub Sea Explorer spends April – October in Coral Bay and November to April at Rottnest Island

For Group & Corporate bookings please phone Pete on 0477 778 520.