Getting around Rottnest
Rottnest Island is an A-Class Nature Reserve, a region of natural beauty and wonder with unspoilt beaches, spectacular flora and abundant marine life and wildlife. Public vehicles are not permitted on the Island, so the traditional way to explore the Island is on a bike.
If riding a bicycle is not your style, you can walk around the Island or use the regular bus service. The Rottnest Island Authority is also committed to access for the mobility impaired, so check out the disabled access page for more information about getting around the Island.
Please note: Electric bicycles are permitted on Rottnest Island in accordance with the requirements of the Road Traffic Code 2000. To be compliant, electric bicycles must have a maximum power output of 200 watts and not be ridden by persons under 16 years. Penalties can be imposed for non-compliance.
Rottnest Island Pedal & Flipper is the largest facility of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere with over 1,300 bikes and specialty equipment available for hire. View more
Walking Tours & Trails
Walk Rottnest Island and discover the Island’s natural beauty and rich history along many of the walk trails. View more
Disabled Access Information
Rottnest Island has many disabled access areas for visitor usage. View more
Rottnest Island Bus Services
The Rottnest Island Bus Service provides visitors to the Island with transport from the main accommodation areas and some of the most beautiful beaches and bays on the Island. Offering a regular scheduled service, it's a great way to explore the Island.
Accommodation Shuttle Bus Services
The accommodation shuttle bus is a free service that operates between the main accommodation areas on the Island. Departing the main bus stop in Thomson Bay Settlement, the service travels to Geordie Bay Store for Geordie, Fay's and Longreach Bays, returns to the main bus stop and then departs to the airport and Kingstown Barracks.
The shuttle bus runs until 8:00pm for Geordie Bay so if you are considering going to the movies at the Rottnest Picture Hall, it is advisable to check the movie running times.
Jump on the Beach Bus service navigating the famous Parker Point Loop (bus stops 1-7) and returning through the middle of the Island, this new bus service is the fastest way to get to some of Rottnest Island’s favourite beaches.
Bus timetables can be seen at every bus stop or pick-up a bus timetable and purchase your ticket from the Rottnest Island Visitor Centre. Please present your ticket to the driver when reboarding the service.
Download the Beach Bus Schedule - Monday 22nd December 2014 – end of Summer.
Island Explorer Service
See the beautiful bays, West End and the many spectacular views of Rottnest Island on the Island Explorer bus service. Taking a total circumnavigation of the Island, this tour allows you to take in the breathtaking views of the whole Island and discover areas that you can later explore by bike or foot.
Download the Island Explorer Bus Schedule - current until 15 December 2014
Download the Island Explorer Bus Schedule - 15 December 2014 onwards