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 Island Explorer extended hours

ADAMS will extend the operation of the Island Explorer service effective Saturday 23rd December and each Saturday up to and including Saturday 24th February

The services will be extended by two hours with additional departures from the Main Bus Stop as follows.

  1. 1520
  2. 1540
  3. 1600
  4. 1620
  5. 1640
  6. 1700

ADAMS ANNUAL TRANSPORT PASSES 

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 Georgie 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

Highlights:

  • 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

Includes:

  • 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

Notes:

  • 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

Highlights: 

  • 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 

Includes:

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

Notes:

  • 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

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 Wadjemup Lighthouse is closed for service works on the 13th- 15th of November 2017 and will be re-opening Thursday 16 November 2017.**

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.

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.

To book, call Paul Bowers on 0467 063 410


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 1.30pm. 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 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 

 

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 www.rottnestairtaxi.com.au or call 0421 389 831 to book your flights today.




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.

Highlights

  • 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.

Highlights

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

Our Winter Schedule - Thursday to Sunday 

0900       Fortress Adventure 1 ½ hour     
1100       Settlement Explorer 1 hour        
1230       Fortress Adventure 1 ½ hour     
1430       Settlement Explorer 1 hour        

Segway Tours WA provide informative, safe fun tours to all aged from 12 years and above. If you just wish to experience a Segway Tour on Rottnest Island, visit segwaytourswa.com.au or call 1300 80 81 80. Book online or contact our office. Corporate, private tours and team building exercises available.

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

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 Essential 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 2pm.  

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 daily from the meeting post at 2:15pm.

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 2:15pm.

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.

Sub Sea Explorer Marine Tours

SUB SEA EXPLORER

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.

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 Islands 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.

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.

Free Entry. 

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.

Free entry. 

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