Aquaplay Seabike Tours
Please note that Aquaplay Seabike Tours will reopen on 26 September 2020.
Have you ever ridden a bike across water?
Pair your sense of adventure with pristine surroundings on a truly unique one-hour seabike experience on Rottnest Island.
Glide effortlessly over turquoise waters and explore the Island's hidden treasures.
Seabike tours are small, exclusive groups of no more than five people with a private guide.
Safe, stable, incredibly easy to use - seabikes are a whole lot of fun. Cruising at a leisurely pace, we hug the shoreline in the shallow waters from North Thomson Bay around to Pinky Beach. There's plenty of time to take in the incredible views, stop in front of Bathurst Lighthouse for some photos and learn all about Rottnest's unique marine environment on an eco-friendly adventure.
Tours depart from the Aquaplay marquee in North Thomson Bay, next to the Main Jetty, and can be booked at the Visitor Centre or at www.aquaplayrottnest.com.au
Bus Tours & Shuttle
Whether cycling isn't your thing or you're just keen to see the island from a different perspective, you'll love the flexibility of exploring Rottnest by bus.
Island Explorer Hop On / Hop Off Bus
Enjoy the island at your own pace with this scenic bus tour, jumping on and off at 19 different stops including our famous beaches, bays and attractions. Stop to climb the Wadjemup lighthouse, visit West End or just relax and take in the spectacular views from the comfort of your seat.
9am to 3pm daily at 45-minute intervals.
September/October School Holiday Schedule:
9am to 3pm at 30-minute intervals (from 26 September to 12 October 2020).
Accommodation Shuttle Bus
Settle in to island life faster by taking a shuttle bus to your rooms on arrival.
The Accommodation Shuttle Bus operates a regular service between 7:30am and 4:45pm, Sunday to Thursday.
An extended service operates on Friday from 7:30am to 7pm.
Bayseeker Tour (September/October school holidays)
Bayseeker Tour (September/October school holidays)
If you prefer a more structured and education bus ride, try one the Island's guided Bayseeker Tours! 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.
Tours run twice per day at 10:45am and 1:45pm (1.75 hours).
Discover Rottnest bus tour (September/October school holidays)
Discover Rottnest bus tour (September/October school holidays)
During the school holidays Rottnest Express will be running a bus tour of Rottnest Island. The tour visits the Island’s most spectacular locations, with insightful commentary shining a light on Rotto’s unique flora, fauna, history and culture. The bus stops at two key vantage points – Wadjemup lighthouse and the rugged West End – where passengers can hop off, take a short walk and soak up the views. You might even meet a quokka or two along the way.
Tours start at 11:20 am daily (1.5 hours).
Grand Island Tour (not currently available)
Grand Island Tour (not currently available)
This all-inclusive tour (by train and by bus) includes all of Rottnest's must-see locations including the Wadjemup Lighthouse, Henrietta Rocks, Oliver Hill Fortifcation 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. Lunch is also provided on this in-depth 4-hour tour.
This tour is not currently available.
Tickets are also available for purchase from the Main Bus Stop ticket kiosk from 8:30am to 3pm daily.
Charter 1 Snorkel & Sailing Tours
Experience the best of Rottnest - climb aboard the iconic yellow sailing catamaran ‘Capella’ and let Charter 1 take you on a magical adventure to one of the many beautiful bays or snorkel trails situated around the island.
Soak up the sun, interact with local marine life, or simply kick back and relax on the bows with a cool drink in hand.
Capella is a Rottnest icon and quite impossible to miss. Named after the Capella Star, this 12.5m luxury appointed catamaran lights up the bay and makes for stunning photography on Rottnest’s crystal blues! Frequently featuring in photography, paintings and on TV, as well as hosting the Hemsworths, Damons and many other popular personalities over the years.
Purpose built for charter, Capella comes complete with all snorkeling equipment, kayaks, SUP, a HUGE cargo net and more to keep the family entertained for hours.
Sunset Sail - Tour
Enjoy a relaxing sundowner under full sail with antipasto and a glass of bubbles. Watch the sky come alive with Rottnest Island as your backdrop.
- Watch the sky come alive before Wadjemup Lighthouse
- Chance of wildlife sightings
- Includes glass of bubbles and antipasto throughout
- BYO additional drinks at no charge
Cost: Adult $95, Child $60
Snorkel & Sail - Tour
Sail to beautiful bays on the iconic 12.5m catamaran ‘Capella’. Snorkel, interact with marine life, kayak, SUP or ride in the huge cargo net!
- Explore the underwater world including many species of tropical fish and coral
- Learn from experienced marine guides
- All snorkeling equipment included
- Ride in a HUGE cargo net
- Gently cruise back to shore under sail
Cost: Adult $145, Child $90
Get a group of friends together and charter Capella for 2 hours or the whole day. Fully crewed and includes all onboard equipment. Accommodates up to 37 on day sails and 10 overnight (5 beds). For private charter enquiries call us on 0499444796. Cost: POA.
- Choose your own adventure and duration
- Great value for groups of 12 or more
- Perfect for corporate events, key birthdays, elopements… or any event will do!
- Charter Capella overnight and wake up in paradise.
Advanced Eco Certified (Eco Tourism Australia), Quality Tourism Accredited Business WA & multiple time winner of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence incl. 2019.
The Captain Hussey Historical Train is back for the school holidays from 26 September to 11 October 2020
Captain Hussey Historical Train
Enjoy a train ride from the Settlement Train 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 and explore the Oliver Hill precinct on your own or on an Oliver Hill Gun and Tunnel Tour.
The Oliver Hill Battery is a significant historical Australian World War II heritage site; and was one of seven similar gun emplacements built between 1937 and 1945 to defend major Australian ports from bombardment by warships.
The duration of the train journey is 30 minutes each way, returning from Oliver Hill on the corresponding hour.
Departs daily from the Main Bus Stop in Thomson Bay:
Returns daily from Oliver Hill:
- 2pm (to correspond with the closing of the Oliver Hill Guns and Tunnels)
- $10.00 per adult return with 2 children (per full fare paying adult)
- $5.00 per additional child
- 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
- Ferry transport is not included in the itinerary
Marvel at the stunning views of Rottnest Island from the air on a scenic tour or charter flight with Corsaire Aviation.
Depart from Crown Towers, Fremantle, Hillarys Boat Harbour or Jandakot Airport and arrive to Rottnest Island in your own private helicopter or fixed wing aircraft. Offering maximum time to explore the island or enjoy a leisurely lunch at one of the island's excellent restaurants, it's the perfect option for travellers in Perth for a short visit or just those wanting to indulge in the luxury of arriving to the island by air.
Already on the island and want to upgrade your ferry ticket to a helicopter flight home? Return, one way and Heli/Ferry packages are also available.
Eco Express Marine Tours
Get on board the Eco Express for these high powered adventure tours, exploring the waters around Rottnest Island.
Whale Watching Adventure Tour
The majestic humpback whales have arrived at Rottnest and you can see them up close on this 90-minute tour! On this inclusive fully commentated day tour, you will have the chance to discover Rottnest Island, meet a friendly quokka or two, and get up close to the largest migration of Humpback Whales in the Southern Hemisphere. You will even have the chance to see other wildlife including New Zealand fur seals, Australian sea lions, dolphins, and osprey. To book or find out more, visit the Rottnest Express website or phone 1300 467 688.
Please note this tour is available from September until mid-November only.
Rottnest Adventure Tour
Embrace Rottnest Island’s nautical vibes with a thrilling nature tour on the Eco Express adventure boat. During this 90-minute tour, you'll encounter rarely seen wildlife and explore the Island's wonderful coastline, with its secluded bays and idyllic beaches. Plus, you can 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.
Take a high-powered spin of Rottnest Island on the 45-minute Thrill Ride, safely aboard our purpose-built, high powered vessel, the Eco Express. A faster, more adrenaline-charged experience, this is a chance to explore the island’s rugged coastline and feel the salt spray on your skin. To book or find out more, visit the Rottnest Express website or phone 1300 467 688.
Go Cultural Aboriginal Tours & Experiences
These walking tours are guaranteed to heighten your appreciation of Wadjemup - the local Aboriginal name for Rottnest Island.
From a unique Aboriginal perspective, your Noongar guide will reveal the Island’s intriguing past and spiritual significance to Noongar People.
Standard Wadjemup Tour
A guided cultural walking tour of Wadjemup including a traditional Sand or Water Ceremony, Dreamtime stories and traditional Noongar songs.
Premium Extended Wadjemup Tour (adults only)
A more immersive and interactive experience, including all components of the standard tour, a traditional Smoking Ceremony, extended cultural and historical content, and a traditional souvenir gift.
Museums & Galleries
Visit the museums and galleries on Rottnest Island and soak up some of the local history and culture.
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.
Lomas Cottage is open from 9am to 2:30pm daily. Check the events page for current and upcoming and exhibitions.
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.
Pilot Boathouse is currently open from 10am to 12 noon.
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.
Please note the Rottnest Island Museum is currently closed for refurbishment.
Oliver Hill Gun & Tunnel
Oliver Hill is located close to the centre of Rottnest Island and features military remnants from World War II. Explore this nationally significant defence heritage site on a tour with the Rottnest Island Voluntary Guides.
The tour incorporates one of the restored World War II 9.2 inch guns and a maze of underground tunnels. Discover why they were installed on Rottnest and how they operated.
Tours are 1 hour in duration and start every hour from 10am to 2pm. There is a limit of 10 people per tour.
- $9 per adut
- $4 per child
- $7 concession
- $20 per family (2 adults and 2 children) plus $2 per extra child
Available for purchase from the Visitor Centre or at Oliver Hill.
From the Settlement, Oliver Hill is approximately 25 minutes by bike or 45 minutes walking.
Oliver Hill Train Ride
The Captain Hussey Historical Train Ride will be reopening for the September/October 2020 school holidays!
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.
Paul's Eco E-Bike Tours
Level up your pedal power and see the island sights with ease on an electric bike tour.
Follow your knowledgeable guide on an electric bike tour and you'll not only coast past some of the island's most scenic views but you'll soak up some intriguing history along the way. You can also stop off to take a beach walk or swim at one of the many beautiful bays and enjoy lunch with the resident seals at the West End.
- A four-hour guided tour of the island on E-bikes (electric bikes)
- Free bottle of water
- Swimming or beach walk at one of the bays
Please BYO lunch. There are a number of delicious options to choose from in The Settlement.Tour & return ferry packages are available from Rottnest Fast Ferries (departing Hillarys Boat Harbour) and SeaLink Rottnest Island (departing Fremantle). Visit their websites for more information and to book.
Making memories on the water.
If you love seafood, golden sunsets or have always wanted to try your hand at fishing, a tour with Rottnest Cruises is a unique experience you will long remember.
Departing from Thomson Bay Fuel Jetty on a premium 69-ft boat, each cruise is fully inclusive. All you need to bring is your camera ... and spirit of adventure!
Deluxe 5-Course Sea-to-Plate Banquet
For lovers of seafood, the ‘Wild Seafood Experience’ is a 3-hour catch-and-dine lunch cruise, giving you the chance to catch your very own Western Rock Lobster (‘crayfish’). Rottnest Island is part of the best fishery in the world and this famous species lives in abundance in our crystal waters.
Led by expert crew, you can haul in lobster pots to catch, touch and learn about this most delicious delicacy. Then, sit back and take in stunning views of Rottnest’s coastline while your lobster is cooked for you on board.
Your catch is served as the centrepiece of a 5-course feast of fresh seafood. Lunch is paired with complimentary still and sparkling Howard Park wines, beer and soft drinks. You may even like to enjoy a swim, snorkel or fish while the boat moors in a calm blue Island bay.
Packages are available for a full day on the Island, with ferry transfers included.
Cast & Cruise Sundowner
Soak up the magic of a golden Rottnest sunset on board a relaxed 2-hour ‘Cast & Cruise Sundowner’.
Enjoy free-flowing beverages and relax to admire stunning scenery, including Bathurst Lighthouse, Pinky’s Beach and Longreach or Parakeet Bay. Dine on seafood canapes prepared by an onboard chef, featuring fresh local seafood.
While at anchor in one of the Island’s calm bays, you may even like to throw in a line to fish. Finish with a picture-perfect view of sunset skies.
Rottnest Island Glass Bottom Sea Kayaking Tours
Please note that Rottnest Island Glass Bottom Sea Kayaking Tours is currently closed.
Experience Rottnest’s pristine, crystal waters from above and below on a glass bottom sea kayaking tour.
Your tour will start at Pinky Beach, which is a short 10-minute walk from the Main Settlement.
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.
The tours are not hard core, wave riding, survival tours. Rather they about taking time to take in the wonders that you can see between your legs! They are suitable for ages 6 and above. Guests will be provided with a PFD (lifejacket) so you do not need to be a strong swimmer. It is rare for guests to fall in, but you should expect to get a bit wet.
Tours are 1 hour and 15 minutes long, with roughly 1 hour on the water and time for a safety briefing. Prices start at $39 for Kids, $49 for Adults and Family Passes available.
To book your tour visit Rottnest Kayak or visit the Rottnest Island Visitors Centre.
Rottnest Air Taxi
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!
The fastest and most scenic way to get to Rottnest Island!
Take off out of the Swan River in a state of the art seaplane and enjoy panoramic views of the Perth city-scape, Kings Park and Fremantle during your scenic flight to Rottnest Island. See the entire island from a low level as your pilot completes a figure of 8 prior to landing. With full day tours or flights-only options available, you now have the flexibility to join one of the award-winning tours or the ability to create your own adventure! Flight prices start at $160 per adult with the additional option of a fly/ferry combo starting at $192.
Segway Tours WA
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.
Segway Tours WA provide informative, safe fun tours to all ages from 12 years and above.
Bookings are essential and can be made by phone, email or online.
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 Tour
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
Open Thursday to Sunday.
Corporate, private tours and team building exercises also available by appointment.
Wadjemup & Bathurst Lighthouses
There are two lighthouses situated on Rottnest Island.
Wadjemup Lighthouse Tour
Discover what goes on within the walls of a real working lighthouse on a tour with the Rottnest Island Voluntary Guides.
Climb to the top of the lighthouse and enjoy the view where the sapphire Indian Ocean waters frame a stunning picture of the island.
Suitable for ages five and over.
Tours are 30 minutes in duration and run every 30 minutes from 10am to 2:30pm. There is a limit of 10 people per tour.
Located at the centre of the island, you can get to the Wadjemup Lighthouse by bike (a 15-minute ride from The Settlement), by bus or by foot via the Wadjemup Bidi walk trail.
Daily: 10am to 2:30pmTicket price: adult $9, child $4, concession $7, family $20 (2 adults and 2 children, extra child $2 each). Available for purchase from the Visitor Centre or at the lighthouse.
Located on the coastline in Bathurst, this lighthouse runs automatically and is closed to visitors. Bathurst Lighthouse is a great spot to capture breathtaking sunsets over famous Pinky Beach.
Be intrigued by stories of the past and discover more about our unique island on a free walking tour led by the Rottnest Voluntary Guides Association (RVGA) volunteers.
The tours are free and depart daily* outside the Salt Store which is located between the Dome Cafe and The Settlement mall.
For all tours please bring a water bottle, hat, sunglasses, protection from the elements, closed in shoes and don't forget your camera!
Our knowledgeable and friendly RVGA volunteer guides are running a program of one hour tours designed especially for the kids this September/October school holidays!
For more information and to download a program visit the school holiday event page.
Meet the Quokkas
Meet the iconic Rottnest Quokka and get your very own Quokka selfie.
Tour Times: 9am and 3pm (20 to 30 min), 1pm (45 min)
Pioneers and Prisoners
Visit the Settlement's historic buildings and discover the remarkable stories of the people who built and lived in them.
Tour Times: 10am (45 min)
Salt, Settlers and Survivors
Learn about the remarkable agriculture and industry of the Island as carried out by some of Rottnest’s early settlers as you tour past the Settlement's old colonial buildings before heading to Vlamingh Lookout to see the natural beauty of the salt lakes.
Tour Times: 11am (45 min)
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.
Tour Times: 2pm (1 hr)
Whitecaps and Wilderness Tour
See the beautiful coastline, discover the wonderful flora and fauna of the area and hear about the formation, geology and marine reserves of Rottnest Island
Tour Times: 9:15am, 10:15am and 12:15pm (30 to 45 min)
Note that this tour departs from Parker Point. Catch the 9am, 10am or 11am bus from the Settlement to Parker Point.
*Please note: Tour times can vary. Check the board at the Salt Store for seasonal variations.
Please note that the below tours are currently not operating.
West End Wanderer Walk
Look out for the wandering volunteer guides who provide information about the West End and best location to see the fur seal colony.
Discover the famous marsupial unique to Rottnest Island, the quokka. Learn about this iconic and mysterious animal and watch them in their natural habitat.
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.