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Oliver Hill Gun & Tunnels Tour

Explore the history of the Oliver Hill Gun Battery with a guided tour of the impressive battery and underground tunnels.

Oliver Hill is a legacy of wartime defence systems in Western Australia, with a bounty of historical artefacts and stories waiting to be uncovered. 

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 regals the history of the battery, marvel at the panoramic views across the island. Then journey below ground, through the enduring tunnels leading to the gun’s engine room and ammunition supply.  

Tours of the site are conducted daily between 10 am and 2 pm.  

You can purchase a ticket for your tour at the Visitor Centre, through Quokka Coaches or on arrival. 

Look out for

Panoramic island views

Military history

Mysterious tunnels

Captain Hussey historical train

Where to find Oliver Hill

Oliver Hill is located in the centre of the island, somewhat out of the way. It’s a 4 km, 15 minute cycle from the main settlement, through the salt lakes and peaceful bushland. 
The Captain Hussey historical train provides a unique way to get there. Using infrastructure originally built to transport equipment, building materials, and ammunition to the guns, the train runs from Thomson Bay, passing Bickley Point and on to Oliver Hill. 

Alternatively, keen hikers can make a stop at Oliver Hill on their way along the Wardan Nara Bidi and Ngank Yira Bidi. This can be a challenging trail in parts, so it’s recommended for experienced hikers only. 

Frequently Asked Questions

There are toilet facilities at Oliver Hill and bins on site, but be sure to pack food and water to fuel your adventure. Alternatively, Kalli’s at Rotto is nearby at Wadjemup Lighthouse, providing food and drink options for those exploring the centre of the island.

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).