Tours By Request

Oliver Hill Gun and Tunnels

Visit the massive 9.2inch diameter gun on Oliver Hill and tour the underground tunnels to experience Rottnest Island during World War II. A guide will ensure an educational journey.

Wadjemup Lighthouse

Discover what goes on within the walls of a real working lighthouse and experience the breathtaking 360° views from the top.

Bickley Battery Walk

Explore the Kingstown Barracks and the site of the 6-inch guns that made up the Bickley Battery. Students will learn how the battery operated and its role as an integral part of the defence of the Port of Fremantle during World War II. The battery was part of the overall military establishment on Rottnest Island which included the 9.2inch guns at Oliver Hill and the observation post and that radio and radar facilities at the Wadjemup Lighthouse.

Pioneers and Prisoners

Retrace the footsteps of our early inhabitants as we take you on a journey to learn about Rottnest Island in the 1800s. You will be taken on a guided walk through the historic Thomson Bay Settlement to discover the Island's rich heritage, incorporating both Aboriginal and European history.

Reefs, Wrecks and Daring Sailors

Pilots were stationed on Rottnest Island between 1838 and 1903 to guide ships safely around the Island's dangerous reefs. This tour incorporates the pilot crew accommodation, the boathouse and a replica pilot boat.

Whitecaps & Wilderness Walk

Learn more about Rottnest Island's unique environment, vegetation, animals, birds and marine environment. On this guided walk, students will explore parts of the Island's south side, from Parker Point to Little Salmon Bay, while learning about the magical coastline and hardy flora and fauna of this area, including the iconic osprey.

Behind the Scenes Tour by Bicycle

Throughout the year there is an average of 1900 people visiting Rottnest every day. All services for visitors must be managed in unique ways due to the Island's isolation from the mainland. Discover how the Island's essential services such as water, electricity (wind, sun and diesel) and wastewater are provided, as well as other essential services. Bicycle hire not included.

The Changing Face of Rottnest

This tour highlights past vegetation changes on Rottnest Island over three eras since the Island was first explored by Europeans, including the plants that have dominated the landscape since settlement in 1831. The vegetation restoration programs that have been implemented in the period 1963 to 2005 are examined. Plantings of trees, shrubs and sedges, and the strategies for their protection, are observed and evaluated.

This tour is conducted using bicycles and on foot, covering several kilometres. The tour concludes at the Island's plant nursery where students examine plant propagation and where they can complete an evaluation exercise. Bicycle hire not included.

Stargazing (evening tour)

Walk to the Vlamingh Lookout where a myriad of stars can be seen. Learn about planets, stars and constellations. Times are subject to change throughout the year and will be confirmed on booking.

Twilight Tales (evening tour)

Step back in time and learn about the secrets of some of Rottnest Island's early inhabitants. This evening walking tour is full of stories to surprise and intrigue you! Times are subject to change throughout the year.

*tours are subject to change

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