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Captain Hussey Historical Train Tour

Experience stunning scenery and breathtaking views while discovering the vital role the island played during war times.

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Climb aboard the Captain Hussey train and take in the amazing views of Wadjemup  / Rottnest Island as you journey to the historical Oliver Hill gun and tunnel fortification.

Departing from the train station in the main settlement, the 64-seat Captain Hussey train blends enjoyment and education, passing iconic and historical landmarks along the southside of the island.

Upon arrival at Oliver Hill, you can explore the site on your own or join the Oliver Hill Gun and Tunnel Tour

A significant historical Australian World War II heritage site, Oliver Hill was one of seven similar gun emplacements built between 1937 and 1945 to defend Fremantle from warship bombardment.

The train journey departs daily at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm and takes 30 minutes to reach its destination to Oliver Hill.

Train tickets can be purchased at the Visitor Centre, the ticket booth at Main Bus Stop or through Quokka Coaches

Bookings are not essential, but encouraged to avoid disappointment.

The Captain Hussey Historical Train Tour is also available as part of the Rottnest Island Grand Island Tour with Quokka Coaches for those looking for a comprehensive guided tour of the island by bus and train. 

Look out for

Oliver Hill gun & tunnel


Stunning views

Wadjemup daisies

Train departure point

The Captain Hussey train departs from the train station in the main settlement. You can travel to the train station easily via foot or by bike.

Captain Hussey Historical Train

Learn about the island’s important role in World War I and II

More than just a wonderful way to explore this idyllic holiday destination, the tour also gives you the opportunity to learn about the island’s rich military history and the role it played during both of the World Wars.

During World War I, the Department of Defence commandeered the island and used it to house internees and prisoners of war between 1914 and 1915.

In response to increasing global tensions in the 1930s, the Australian government developed a three-year Defence Development Program identifying Rottnest Island as being critical to the defence of Fremantle. As part of the plan, the island’s guns would be used to engage hostile ships well before they approached the range that would allow bombardment of Fremantle Port.

Learn more about the island’s military history