Guided Walking on Rottnest Island
From old war tunnels to sacred Aboriginal burial grounds, plus tales of ship wrecks and friendly quokkas. Choose your walking tour. Call into the Visitor Centre upon arrival.
- Perfect For:Exercise Lovers,Kids & Families
Most people associate Rotto with spending time on the water fishing, diving, surfing or simply just swimming. If you ever have the inclination to go beyond the norm a walking tour is a great way to check out some interesting spots with the least amount of effort.
The Rottnest Island Voluntary Guides Association offers a range of short walks (mostly durations of one-hour) to promote awareness and appreciation of the island’s natural environment and history. All walks leave from the RVGA meeting post in Thomson Bay between Dome Cafe and The Salt Store.
While Quokkas are a dime a dozen on the island, if you’re interested in learning more about these funny little creatures the Quokka Walk runs daily teaching you some interesting Quokka facts and introducing you to their natural habitat. This walk is suitable for both adults and children.
The free History of the Settlement Walking Tour also runs daily and introduces visitors to the lives and living spaces of the island’s earliest residents.
Rottnest was a prison island for Aboriginal people in the 19th century. To gain an insight into these tough times the Aboriginal Historical Walking Tour focuses on the historic buildings such as the “Quod” and the cells where prisoners spent much of their term. A visit to the sacred Aboriginal burial ground and stories about the inmates’ lives are also included in this tour.
The treacherous reefs surrounding Rotto proved the downfall of many ships on their way into Fremantle. If you’re interested in maritime history the free Bathurst Lighthouse and Pilot Boat Service visits the Boathouse in Thomson Bay with its replica pilot boat, and heads up along the rocky coast to the scenic location of the Bathurst Lighthouse.
Those with an interest in military history may like to consider exploring the maze of tunnels by going on the Oliver Hill Guns and Tunnels Tour. Originally built in the 1930s, the gun battery played a major role in Western Australia’s coastal defence strategy, protecting military and cargo ships in the Fremantle Harbour, and has now been restored as a museum. Your tour guide will meet you at Oliver Hill or if you’re taking the children on the tour, you may like to start from the settlement and ride up on the Oliver Hill Train. Tickets are available from the Visitor and Information Centre.
Guided tours are constantly changing and evolving so make sure you ask our friendly guides for what is available. Tours for groups and schools in the past have incorporated interesting tales of Ghosts, Mysteries, Stargazing and a West End Sunset Tour. All enquires can be made at the Visitor Centre by calling (08) 9372 9730.
Wish to stay the night?
From beautifully refurbished Ocean View accommodation to Campgrounds, Cabins and Hostels, there is heaps of accommodation on the Island - but it is hard to secure on weekends in the warmer months so ensure that you call well in advance to lock in your breath-taking Island holiday plans. Call Rottnest Island Reservations on (08) 9432 9111.
- Address: Thomson Bay,Rottnest Island,WA,
- Phone: (08) 9372 9730
- Email: [email protected]