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.
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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.
Weekdays 8:30am to 4pm at 30-minute intervals.
Saturday & Sunday 8:30am to 6pm at 30-minute intervals.
*Please note, this timetable may be adjusted during poor weather conditions
Tickets are available for purchase from the Main Bus Stop ticket kiosk from 8:30am to 3pm daily.
For more information, view the current timetable here.
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.
Tickets are available for purchase from the Main Bus Stop ticket kiosk from 8:30am to 3pm daily.
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 11:20am each Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
For more information, or to book visit the Rottnest Express website.
Accommodation & Wadjemup Lighthouse 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, Wadjemup Lighthouse Shuttle Bus and Charter Bus options.
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.
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 5:45pm
Duration: 90 minutes
Cost: Adult $95, Child $60
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 12:30pm
Thursday departs 9:30am
Duration 2.5 – 3 hours
Cost: Adult $145, Child $90
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 private charter enquiries and bookings call +61 499 444 796 or 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.
Marvel at the stunning views of Rottnest Island from the air on a scenic tour or charter flight with Corsaire Aviation.
Depart from Crown Towers, Fremantle, Hillarys Boat Harbour or Jandakot Airport and arrive to Rottnest Island in your own private helicopter or fixed wing aircraft. Offering maximum time to explore the island or enjoy a leisurely lunch at one of the island's excellent restaurants, it's the perfect option for travellers in Perth for a short visit or just those wanting to indulge in the luxury of arriving to the island by air.
Already on the island and want to upgrade your ferry ticket to a helicopter flight home? Return, one way and Heli/Ferry packages are also available.
For more information, or to book a tour or charter flight visit the Corsaire Aviation website.
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.
Rottnest Adventure Tour
Embrace Rottnest Island’s nautical vibes with a thrilling nature tour on the Eco Express adventure boat. During this 90-minute tour, you'll encounter rarely seen wildlife and explore the Island's wonderful coastline, with its secluded bays and idyllic beaches. Plus, you can enjoy interpretive and entertaining commentary from knowledgeable and passionate guides.
Take a high-powered spin of Rottnest Island on the 45-minute Thrill Ride, safely aboard our purpose-built, high powered vessel, the Eco Express. A faster, more adrenaline-charged experience, this is a chance to explore the island’s rugged coastline and feel the salt spray on your skin.
Whale Watching Adventure Tour
The majestic humpback whales have arrived at Rottnest and you can see them up close on this 90-minute tour! On this inclusive fully commentated day tour, you will have the chance to discover Rottnest Island, meet a friendly quokka or two, and get up close to the largest migration of Humpback Whales in the Southern Hemisphere. You will even have the chance to see other wildlife including New Zealand fur seals, Australian sea lions, dolphins, and osprey.
Please note this tour is available from September until mid-November only.
For more information, or to book phone 1300 467 688 or visit the Rottnest Express website.
Go Cultural Aboriginal Tours & Experiences
These walking tours are guaranteed to heighten your appreciation of Wadjemup, the local Aboriginal name for Rottnest Island.
From a unique Aboriginal perspective, your Noongar guide will reveal the Island’s intriguing past and spiritual significance to Noongar People.
Standard Wadjemup Tour
A guided cultural walking tour of Wadjemup including a traditional Sand or Water Ceremony, Dreamtime stories and traditional Noongar songs.
Premium Extended Wadjemup Tour (adults only)
A more immersive and interactive experience, including all components of the standard tour, a traditional Smoking Ceremony, extended cultural and historical content, and a traditional souvenir gift.
For more information or to book, visit the Go Cultural Tours 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.
Hike & Glamping Luxury Weekender
Explore the Wadjemup Bidi network by foot on this unique two day, one night glamping and hiking weekender.
Discover the Salt Lakes & Southern Edge
Discover the Salt Lakes and the southern edge of the island on this 18km day hike along the walk trails of the Wadjemup Bidi and beautiful West End.
Explore the West End & Northern Beaches
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
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.
Wander the West End
Head off to the West End where you will embark on a 10km hike along the Ngank Wen Bidi (Explore West End). Conclude the short and sweet hike with a stroll along Mabel Cove and Marjorie Bay.
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 on a tour with the Rottnest Island Voluntary Guides.
The tour incorporates 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.
Please note that the Oliver Hill train service is not currently operational, so access for the tour is by foot or bike.
Tours depart daily, on the hour.
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 & Return Ferry Packages:
For more information, or to book, visit the Paul's Eco E-Bike Tours website.
Rottnest Cruises Tours
Making memories on the water.
Enjoy an authentic West Australian boating experience with a seafood lunch cruise or sundowner fishing cruise on Rottnest Island.
If you love seafood, golden sunsets or have always wanted to try your hand at fishing, a cruise on our fully-equipped 69-ft boat is a unique experience you will long remember. Step aboard and the experienced crew will host you on a fun and interactive tour, set against a stunning backdrop of Rottnest’s world-famous coastline.
Each cruise is fully-inclusive, so all you need to bring is your camera – and your spirit of adventure!
Deluxe 5-Course Sea-to-Plate Banquet
For lovers of seafood, the ‘Wild Seafood Experience’ is a 3-hour catch-and-dine lunch cruise, giving you the chance to catch your very own Western Rock Lobster (‘crayfish’). Rottnest Island is part of the best fishery in the world and this famous species lives in abundance in our crystal waters.
Led by expert crew, you can haul in lobster pots to catch, touch and learn about this most delicious delicacy. Then, sit back and take in stunning views of Rottnest’s coastline while your lobster is cooked for you on board.
Your catch is served as the centrepiece of a 5-course feast of fresh seafood. Lunch is paired with complimentary still and sparkling Howard Park wines, beer and soft drinks. You may even like to enjoy a swim, snorkel or fish while the boat moors in a calm blue Island bay.
Packages are available for a full day on the Island, with ferry transfers included.
Cast & Cruise Sundowner
Soak up the magic of a golden Rottnest sunset on board a relaxed 2-hour ‘Cast & Cruise Sundowner’.
Enjoy free-flowing beverages and relax to admire stunning scenery, including Bathurst Lighthouse, Pinky’s Beach and Longreach or Parakeet Bay. Dine on seafood canapes prepared by an onboard chef, featuring fresh local seafood.
While at anchor in one of the Island’s calm bays, you may even like to throw in a line to fish. Finish with a picture-perfect view of sunset skies.
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.
Glass Bottom Sea Kayaking Tours have now finished for the season. 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.
The fastest and most scenic way to get to Rottnest Island!
Take off out of the Swan River in a state of the art seaplane and enjoy panoramic views of the Perth, Kings Park and Fremantle during your scenic flight to Rottnest Island.
See the entire island from a low level as your pilot completes a figure of 8 prior to landing. With full day tours or flights-only options available, you now have the flexibility to join one of the award-winning tours or the ability to create your own adventure!
Flight prices start at $160 per adult with the additional option of a fly/ferry combo starting at $192.
For tour dates, pricing and booking information, visit the Rottnest Air Express 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.
Be intrigued by stories of the past and discover more about our unique island on a free walking tour led by the Rottnest Voluntary Guides Association (RVGA) volunteers.
The tours are free* and depart daily* outside the Salt Store, located between the Dome Cafe and The Settlement mall.
For all tours please bring a water bottle, hat, sunglasses, protection from the elements, closed in shoes and don't forget your camera!
School Holiday Activities
In addition to the daily tours, children can enjoy special activities happening throughout the school holidays.
Download the School Holiday Activity program here (PDF 201KB).
Meet the Quokkas
Meet the iconic Rottnest Island Quokka and get your very own Quokka selfie.
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 2pm (45 min)
Reefs, Wrecks & Daring Sailors
Hear alluring tales of shipwrecks and sailors on this scenic walk to Bathurst Lighthouse. See the boathouse and replica pilot boat along the way.
Daily at 11am (1 hr)
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.
Schedule:Daily between 9:45am and 12pm. (30 to 45 min)
This tour departs from Parker Point. Catch the 9am, 10am or 11am bus from the Settlement as this tour is subject to the bus timetable.
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.
Daily, departing on the hour. (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 in the Rottnest Island Visitor Centre.