Have you ever ridden a bike across water?
Pair your sense of adventure with pristine surroundings on a truly unique one-hour waterbike experience on Rottnest Island.
Waterbike tours are small, exclusive groups of no more than five people with a private guide.
Safe, stable, incredibly easy to use – waterbikes are a whole lot of fun. Cruising at a leisurely pace, you'll hug the shoreline in the shallow waters from North Thomson Bay around to Pinky Beach. Take in the incredible views, stop in front of Bathurst Lighthouse for some photos and learn all about Rottnest's unique marine environment on this eco-friendly adventure.
Tours depart the Aquaplay marquee located at the kiosk on the beach in Thomson Bay, between the Visitor Centre and the Pilot Boathouse, to the right as you come off the main ferry jetty.
Open daily from 9:30am-5pm (Weather Dependent).
For timetables and booking information, visit the Aquaplay website.
Timetables may be adjusted in poor weather conditions.
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 Island on a bus tour.
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.
|10 January – 31 January
||8:30am – 3pm
Sunday – Thursday 30-minute intervals.
8:30am – 5pm
Friday – Saturday at 30-minute intervals.
This timetable may be adjusted in poor weather conditions. Please check the current schedule directly here or at the Rottnest Island Visitor Centre.
Tickets are available for purchase in advance online, from the Visitor Centre, or from the Main Bus Stop ticket kiosk from 8:30am to 3pm daily.
For more information, visit the ADAMS website.
Bayseeker Island Tour
This 1.75 hour island tour with commentary 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. All major habitats are covered on this amazing tour, including cultural and historical heritage. The stunning, pristine environment includes 63 secluded beaches, 20 bays with crystal clear water, the iconic Quokka and more.
Departs daily at 10:45am and 1:45pm.
For more information, visit the ADAMS website.
Grand Island Tour
This all-inclusive tour (by historic train and air-conditioned bus) includes all of Rottnest's must-see locations including the Wadjemup Lighthouse, Henrietta Rocks, Oliver Hill Fortification and Tunnels, and the majestic lookout point at the rugged Cathedral Rocks and Cape Vlamingh. All major habitats are covered on this amazing tour, from stunning beaches to woodlands and salt lakes, and includes insight into the Island’s cultural and historical heritage ranging from Maritime, Colonial and Military history to future developments. A light lunch is provided on this in-depth 4-hour tour
Please note, the train will be undergoing restoration works from Monday 6 December to Friday 10 December and this tour will be unavailable throughout this period.
For more information, visit the ADAMS website.
Discover Rottnest Bus Tour
This 90-minute tour visits Rottnest 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.
Departs daily at 11:20am and 1:50pm.
For more information, or to book visit the Rottnest Express website.
Accommodation Shuttle Services
Simply looking for a faster way to get from A to B on Rottnest Island? See more information here about our Accommodation Shuttle Bus and Charter Bus options.Schedule:
|26 December – 31 January
||7:30am – 7pm at 30-minute intervals.
|31 January – 31 March
||7:30am – 5pm
Sunday – Thursday at 30-minute intervals.
7:30am – 7pm
Friday – Saturday at 30-minute intervals.
ADAMS Annual Transport Pass
Do you visit often? Regular visitors can benefit from an ADAMS 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, Longreach Bay, Fays Bay, Kingstown Barracks and the Settlement.
For more information, visit the ADAMS website.
Capture the Light Photography Tours
Whether you’re a beginner or amateur, learn how to capture the essence of Wadjemup / Rottnest island by joining a photographic tour of the island.Wadjemup / Rottnest Island has to be one of the most photogenic sites in Australia but getting the photograph that you desire takes both knowledge of your camera and of the island.
Join this guided tour and allow the professional photographer and guide to help you achieve the image that you’re looking for on your choice of a day tours or a three-day residential Photography Workshop.
Day tours will explore the island stopping at the most appealing spots for landscape, seascape, bird and quokka photography, plus time in the Settlement exploring the historical buildings. These tours are offered using the Hop On, Hop Off Bus service but also involves some walking or using e-bikes for the advantage of exploring some bays and beaches which are off the normal bus route.
Scenic flights over the island can be added.
Duration: Approx. 5 hours (times vary with seasonal ferry schedule)
Please bring your own water and lunch.
The popular three-day residential workshop has a full itinerary that will involve a refresher session on your camera settings and composition techniques. You will get to enjoy sunsets and, weather permitting, capturing images of the night sky. You will also have more time to explore the island than on the day tour, plus spend time critiquing images. Accommodation is offered in shared premium holiday units, or hotel accommodation when available. Most meals and a scenic flight are included.
Private or customised tours can also be arranged.
Prior booking is essential at CTLPhototours.com
For more information email info@CTLPhototours.com or call +61 401 840 516.
Charter 1 Snorkel & Sailing
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 Bathurst Lighthouse
- Chance of wildlife sightings
- Includes glass of bubbles and antipasto throughout
- BYO additional drinks at no charge
Tour departs from Rottnest Island
Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday departs at 6pm
Duration: 90 minutes
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
Tour departs from Rottnest Island
Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday departs at 12:30pm
Thursday departs 9:30am
Duration 2.5 – 3 hours
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).
- 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.
For tour dates and booking information, visit the Charter 1 website.
Advanced Eco Certified (Eco Tourism Australia), Quality Tourism Accredited Business WA & multiple time winner of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence incl. 2019.
Captain Hussey Historical Train
Climb aboard the Captain Hussey Train for an enjoyable, scenic and informative journey through the Island's south-side on your way to Oliver Hill.
Departing from the Train Station in the main Settlement, the 64-seat Captain Hussey train passes iconic and historical landmarks of Rottnest Island.
Upon arriving at Oliver Hill, explore on your own or join the Oliver Hill Gun and Tunnel Tour.
Oliver Hill 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 Fremantle port from bombardment by warships.
Schedule:Please note, the train is currently not operating.
$20 per adult return or $55 for a family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children).
Train tickets can be purchased at the Visitor Centre, Main Bus Stop or the driver. Bookings are not essential, but encouraged to avoid disappointment.
Departures to Oliver Hill:
Departs on the hour from 10:30am to 2:30pm
Returns back to the main Settlement:
Returns on the hour from 11am to 3pm
30 minutes each way
Oliver Hill Gun & Tunnel Tour
Train and tour packages are also available for the Oliver Hill Gun & Tunnel Tour. Find more information here.
For more information, or to book, visit the Visitor Centre.
Eco Express Boat Tours
Get on board the Eco Express for these high powered adventure tours, exploring the waters around Rottnest Island with Rottnest Express.
Adventure Boat Tour
Get the adrenaline-pumping on this 90-minute circumnavigation of Rottnest Island.
Expect an unforgettable up-close encounter with the island’s wild side, from the craggy coastline and secluded bays to the New Zealand fur seals and other wildlife. You might even spot the majestic humpback whales on their migration between September and November.
It’s the ultimate thrill ride for nature lovers, with expert commentary along the way.
Tours depart daily at 11:15am and from November to April.
Thrill Boat Ride
Take a high-powered spin of Rottnest Island on a 45-minute Thrill Boat Ride on board the Eco Express.
Enjoy unique views of the island’s rugged coastline and experience the ocean breeze and sea spray on this fast-paced, heart-thumping tour.
Tours depart daily at 2pm from November to April.
Whale Watching Adventure Tour
Get up close to the gentle giants of the ocean on this fully commentated 90-minute adventure boat tour.
Enjoy a thrilling high-speed boat ride on board the purpose-built Eco Express before shifting gears to see the acrobatic displays of the humpback whales from the water. You’ll even have the chance to see other incredible wildlife such as the New Zealand fur seals, dolphins and osprey.
Tours have ended for the season and will recommence next year.
For future tour dates and booking information, phone 1300 467 688 or visit the Rottnest Express website.
Go Cultural Aboriginal Tours & Experiences
Learn more and heighten your appreciation for Wadjemup (the local Aboriginal name for Rottnest Island), on a walking tour with the award winning Go Cultural Aboriginal Tours & Experiences.
Discover the Island from the Aboriginal perspective with your Noongar guide and understand the Island’s significance to Noongar People.
Wadjemup Aboriginal Tour
Join this walking tour and explore the Island’s pre-eminent significance to Noongar People prior to it's notorious recent past life. Beginning with a traditional Aboriginal sand ceremony at the first settlement, your walk also includes a Dreamtime story, traditional song and Noongar language.
Duration: 1 hour. Bookings are essential.
Premium Extended Wadjemup Tour (adults only)
Take an immersive journey as your Noongar guide explores the Island’s pre-eminent significance to Noongar People prior to and despite it's more recent past. Beginning with a traditional Aboriginal sand ceremony, your walk also includes a Dreamtime story, traditional song and Noongar language.
This tour also includes a Noongar Smoking Ceremony.
Duration: 2 hours. Bookings are essential.
For future tour dates and booking information, visit the Go Cultural Aboriginal Tours & Experiences website.
The Hike Collective
Suitable for beginners and hiking enthusiasts, experience some of the best walking trails Rottnest Island has to offer with these engaging and relaxing guided hiking tours from The Hike Collective.
Choose from a range of award-winning, all inclusive eco-tours for a pack-free, luxury adventure on Rottnest Island.
Samphire Rottnest Trail Retreat
Explore the Wadjemup Bidi network by foot on this three day and two nights stay, with private banquet dining and relaxed coastal accommodation.
Explore the West End & Northern Beaches Guided Hike
This 18km hike covers the West End, before stopping to watch the seals as you enjoy a fresh lunch provided by one of the local island cafes.
Lakes & Bays Guided Hike
In this 12km guided hike, traverse spectacular coastal headlands, past stunning inland lakes and encounter both natural and man-made attractions along the way. This one day adventure is the perfect way to experience the highlights of Rottnest Island in a bite sized chunk.
Tours recommence on January 10th 2022. For tour dates, pricing and booking information, visit The Hike Collective website.
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 with the Rottnest Island Voluntary Guides.
Meet guides along the way and explore at your leisure 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.
Cost: Entry is $9 for adults, $4 for children and $20 for a family (2 adults, 2 children).
Tours depart daily on the hour from 10am-2pm.
Tickets for the tour can be booked at the Visitor Centre or at Oliver Hill.
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.
Tours depart at 11:30am from the Kingstown Bus Stop on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, subject to bookings.
Tour and 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.
Tour & Return Ferry Packages:
Private appointments only. For more information, or to book, visit the Paul's Eco E-Bike Tours website.
Rottnest Island's deluxe dining experience on the water.
Enjoy a decadent sea-to-plate experience on this all-inclusive seafood cruise onboard a premium charter boat with Rottnest Cruises.
The Luxe Island Seafood Cruise is a showcase of Rottnest Island's unique character, exquisite local cuisine, fishing heritage and turquoise waters - all in one deluxe experience, the only one of its kind.
The 4-hour tour commences with a welcome cocktail and fruit platter, before you set off to haul in lobster pots in search of the prized Western Rock Lobster.
An absolute must for foodies, you'll then be served an exquisite degustation menu of local seafood and fresh local produce prepared by a private onboard chef.
Take in stunning views while sipping on complimentary premium beverages, poured as you cruise. Choose to swim, snorkel and float off the boat or laze onboard in a pristine bay.
This half-day cruise excludes Rottnest Island transfers. To include island transfers, please select the Full-Day Package when booking.
Cruises depart daily at 11:30am from Thomson Bay Fuel Jetty. For more information or to book visit the Rottnest Cruises website.
Glass Bottom Sea Kayaking Tours
Experience Rottnest Island's pristine, crystal waters from above and below on a glass bottom sea kayaking tour.
Even if you have been going to Rottnest for years, you have probably never seen it like this.
The clear floored kayaks offer you 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 are about taking time to take in the wonders you can see underneath.
You will be provided with a PFD (lifejacket) so you do not need to be a strong swimmer. It is rare to fall into the water, but you should expect to get a bit wet.
Duration: 75 minutes, with roughly one hour on the water plus time for a safety briefing.
Tours start at Pinky Beach, a short 10-minute walk from the Settlement.
Open 7 days a week with tours operating at 9:30am, 11am, 12:45pm and 2:15pm.
For future tour dates and booking information, visit the Sea Kayak Rottnest website.
Rottnest Air Taxi
Take a breathtaking scenic joy flight over Rottnest for a stunning aerial views of the whole Island.
Rottnest Air Taxi is a family owned business that has been providing joy flights over Rottnest Island for more than 25 years.
Operating at Rottnest Airport, just 900 metres from the arrival jetty, these flights are genuine value for money experiences that make a trip to Rottnest Island something special.
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, taking you directly over Fremantle and the lower Swan River, with spectacular views along the river towards Perth, and a unique perspective on the Island as you arrive.
Scenic Joy Flight
From Rottnest Island, the flight will journey over the Perth beaches to the city centre, Optus Stadium, the Swan River, Fremantle and then back around to Rottnest Island. It’s great viewing and terrific value-for-money.
Duration: 35 Minutes
For available tour dates, pricing and booking information, visit the Rottnest Air Taxi website.
Snorkelling fun for all the family! Travel by boat to sheltered snorkelling sites where in-water guides will help you experience Rottnest from a different perspective.
Step on board Rottnest Snorkel's comfortable 10-metre boat for a 3-hour guided snorkelling experience tour.
With more than 400 species of fish - including 135 species of tropical fish, 20 types of coral and multiple shipwrecks for snorkelling, there is always more to see in the water at Rottnest Island! Dive in with highly experienced snorkelling guides to lead the way as you swim in the crystal clear and calm snorkelling bays.
Inclusive of all skill levels and ages, these tours are the perfect day out for the whole family for a safe underwater adventure. As long as you can swim, you can snorkel with the team at Rottnest Snorkel.
What to expect:
- The tour departs daily from the Fuel Jetty in Thomson Bay. Please allow 15 minutes before your booked departure time to collect any rental equipment you need for the tour.
- The fun begins when you step onboard the custom-built snorkelling vessel - a very stable and comfortable ride! As you cruise the shallow bays of Rottnest, the crew will share some fascinating stories and insights about the island, so you can learn more on your way out to the first snorkelling site.
- You’ll have two sessions of 45-minutes in the water, both guided by qualified in-water snorkel guides, who carry additional flotation aids for less confident snorkellers to use. Floatation vests and pool noodles are also available to use if desired. In between your snorkelling sessions, there will be light refreshments served as you relocate to the boat to your second snorkelling site.
- A short cruise back to the jetty will have you back on dry land and ready to finish your day at Rottnest Island within three hours of your departure time.
Tours depart daily at 10am, 7 days a week.
For more information and to book visit the Rottnest Snorkel website.
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.
These informative, safe and fun tours are suitable for all ages from 12 years and above. Bookings are essential.
ToursSettlement Explorer Tour – 1 hour
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
Tours depart daily at 11am and 2.30pm.
Fortress Adventure Tour – 1½ hour
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
Tours depart daily at 9am and 12:30pm.
Corporate, private tours and team building exercises also available by appointment.
For tour dates, pricing and booking information, visit the Segway Tours WA website.
Guided Walking Tours
Be intrigued by stories of the past and discover more about our unique island on a guided walking tour led by the Rottnest Voluntary Guides Association (RVGA).
For all tours please bring a water bottle, hat, sunglasses, protection from the elements, enclosed shoes and don't forget your camera!
The tours are free, unless otherwise specified, and depart daily outside the Salt Store, located between the Dome Cafe and the Settlement mall.
Meet the Quokkas
Meet the iconic Rottnest Island Quokka and get your very own #QuokkaSelfie.
Daily at 1pm (45 min)
Pioneers & Prisoners
A leisurely stroll through the historic settlement. Hear the stories of those who lived and worked in these historic buildings.
Daily at 11am (45 min)
Reefs, Wrecks & Daring Sailors
Hear alluring tales of shipwrecks and sailors on this scenic waterfront walk. See the boathouse and replica pilot boat along the way.
Daily at 2pm (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 departs daily at 10am.
Whitecaps & 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.
Daily at 10:15am, 11;15am and 12:15pm (30 to 45 min)
This tour departs from Parker Point.
West End Wanderer
Navigate and learn about the natural wonders you will encounter at Rottnest’s wild West End; the Seal Colony, Cathedral Rocks, the Shearwater rookery, Fishhook Bay and more.
A roving guide is available onsite daily from 10:30am to 1:30pm. Arrive by bus or bike and allow 30 – 45 minutes to explore this area.
Guns & Tunnels of WW2
Take a top to bottom tour from gun turret down through the tunnels to the engine room deep below.
Tours depart daily, on the hour between 10am and 2pm (1 hr)
*Please note a fee applies for this tour. Tickets available at the site or from the Visitor Centre.
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 at the Information Booth, located next to the Salt Store at 1 Henderson Avenue, in the main Settlement, just look for the yellow shirts or vests.
While every attempt is made to conduct tours and activities as scheduled, times may be varied due to weather and volunteer guide availability.