If you truly want to see the island’s wild side, there’s only one way to do it — on the Wadjemup Bidi. This series of walking trails will take you to coastlines (and natural wonders) you can’t access by road, and the Ngank Wen Bidi is the one you want. Take the Quokka Coaches Island Explorer bus from the main settlement and disembark at Rocky Bay (stop 13) to begin your walk. The 7.8 km loop will take you to the island’s West End, where a whole host of characters — playful long-nosed fur seals, graceful ospreys, and even dancing humpback whales — await. Be sure to pack your binoculars.
Not up for the hike? Hop aboard the Quokka Coaches Bayseeker Island Tour (get your ticket online in advance or at the main bus stop ticket kiosk). Complete with commentary, this almost two-hour bus tour covers plenty of the island’s wildlife hotspots including Henrietta Rocks, Cathedral Rocks, and Cape Vlamingh.
There’s no need to rush back to the settlement; in fact, we recommend you stay for lunch. Head to Lexi’s on Rotto, a vintage 1970s caravan that oozes almost as much charm as the wildlife surrounding you. Here you can grab a coffee and a delicious toastie, pie, or soup, and finish it off with an ice cream.
Some of the best snorkelling spots include Little Armstrong Bay, Little Salmon Bay, Parakeet Bay, and Parker Point. If you follow the snorkel trail at Little Salmon Bay, there are a series of underwater plaques with information about all the magical marine life around you.
Lace up your boots, we’re joining The Hike Collective for their 12 km Lakes and Bays Guided Hike. You’ll traverse spectacular coastal headlands and encounter many natural wonders before heading inland — right for the island’s rugged heart and its network of salt lakes.
Keep an eye out for the signage you find along the way to discover how the lakes were formed, what makes them pink, and why they’re considered such a unique ecosystem. And pack those binoculars again… the lakes are particularly popular with birdwatchers, and you’re about to find out why.
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