Oliver Hill Gun & Tunnels Tour
Explore the rich military history of Rottnest Island on a guided tour of the Oliver Hill gun battery and tunnels.
Oliver Hill is a legacy of wartime defence systems in Western Australia, with a bounty of historical artefacts and stories waiting to be explored.
Join the Rottnest Island volunteer guides for an unforgettable tour of the site, starting with the 9.2-inch naval gun – the only intact emplacement of its type left in Australia.
As your knowledgeable guide regales the history of the battery, marvel at the panoramic views across the island. Discover how the historic gun was operated, from both the lower gun pit and the upper gun platform.
Then journey below ground and through the tunnels leading to the gun’s ammunition supply and engine room. Strategically located in Hell’s Gully, the engine room was hidden deep underground for concealment and security. You’ll also have an opportunity to witness the immense power of the newly installed Ghost Engine, a replica model of the original machine that powered the mighty guns above. Make sure you turn the crank on the model to hear the roar the engines would have made when in use!
Please note: this tour takes visitors through small spaces and steep staircases.
Look out for
Ghost engine replica
Panoramic island views
Frequently Asked Questions
The tour descends several steep stairways through the tunnels, with a bushwalk ascent back to base.
Unfortunately, there is no wheelchair access beyond the landing area where you can view the above-ground gun.
$15 per adult, $12 for concession, $7 per child, and $34 for a family (two adults, two children).