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. Tickets available from the Rottnest Island Visitor Centre.
Shuttle Bus Services
The shuttle bus 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.
This service, free to accommodation guests, runs until 8:00pm for Geordie Bay. If you are considering going to the movies at the Rottnest Picture Hall, it is advisable to check the movie running times.
Island Explorer Service
Spend your day exploring some of Rottnest Island’s finest Bays on the popular Island Explorer Bus Service. The Island Explorer departs from the Main Bus Stop in Thomson Bay and completes a regular circuit around the main body of the Island. Purchase your all day tickets from the Rottnest Island Visitor Centre and you can jump on, jump off at your leisure. (Note: Timetables are posted at all bus stops and in the Essential Guide)