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Places To Go in Rottnest Island


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Bickley Bay

Just a short cycle away from Kingstown Barracks, Bickley Bay is a white sandy bay with excellent swimming conditions.

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  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays

Description

Bickley Bay sits to the west of Rottnest Island, close to the Bickley Battery and the settlement at Kingstown. It is suitable for swimming, with generally calm conditions. 

Image used with permission from Rottnest Island Authority. 

Cape Vlamingh

The western-most point of Rottnest Island, dolphins are frequently to be seen passing by Cape Vlamingh.

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  • Natural Attractions:Points of Interest,Beaches & Bays
  • Activities:Boating,Snorkelling,Walking

Description

Interestingly, the nearest landmass is Madagascar, many thousands of kilmetres across the ocean. Cape Vlamingh is an exposed area, and the Cape Vlamingh Heritage Trail provides walkers with excellent views over the Cape and surrounding waters. 

The Cape gets its name from Dutch explorer William de Vlamingh, who, upon discovering the Island, believed the resident Quokkas to be rats. 

Image used with permission from Rottnest Island Authority. 

Cathedral Rocks Viewing Platform

Provides a fantastic viewing point looking out over the cathedral rocks and New Zealand fur seals at play.

Details

  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts

Description

The New Cathedral Rocks viewing platform allows you to get closer to the resident New Zealand Fur Seals colony without disturbing them whilst they flip and play together in the bay and enjoy basking on the rocks. The Cathedral Rocks waters are closed to diving and boating (see water closures here). Ride to Cathedral Rocks by bike or jump on the Island Explorer bus. Find out how to interact with New Zealand Fur Seals.

Image used with permission from Rottnest Island Authority. 

City Of York Bay

A peaceful little bay along the Island's north coast, perfect for swimming and seaside-exploring.

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  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays

Description

City of York Bay is a small bay near to Catherine and Little Armstrong Bays. It is one of the less populated bays, with a secluded atmosphere. It is just off of Bovell Way, so you can make it a pit-stop along your cycling journey. 

Image used with permission from Rottnest Island Authority. 

Eagle Bay

A semicircular bay on the north-facing shoreline of Rottnest Island, surrounded by limestone cliffs.

Details

  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays
  • Activities:Snorkelling

Description

Overhung by cliffs, Eagle Bay is a small bay contained by a reef. It is suitable for snorkelling, with fish inhabiting the seagrass carpeting the seabed. 

Image credit: mapio.net

 

Fish Hook Bay

As its name suggests, this enclosed bay is curved like a fish hook and is the snorkeller's paradise

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  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays
  • Activities:Snorkelling

Description

Fish Hook Bay is located on the western coastline of Rottnest Island, named for its curved shape reminiscent of a fish-hook. The bay features a sandy, white shore for sun-bakers and a vibrant community of fish for curious snorkellers and divers to discover.

Image used with permission from Rottnest Island Authority. 

Geordie Bay

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Famed bay along the Rottnest Island sandy coast, only a leisurely cycle away from the Main Settlement

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  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays
  • Activities:Fishing,Snorkelling

Description

Nestled along the northern coastline of Rottnest Island, Geordie Bay is one of the Island's most famed beaches. Geordie Bay is also home to one of the Island's main settlement areas, so you can stay right by bayside. It is suitable for fishing, swimming and boating. Note that during busier periods, the Bay is a popular mooring point, with many a boat dropping anchor just off shore. 

Lake Vincent sits opposite the bay, and to the left, Little Parakeet Bay provides another excellent stopping point along your island cycle. 

Photo credit: Tourism Western Australia

Government House Lake

Government House Lake is a saltwater lake situated near to the main settlement on Rottnest Island.

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  • Natural Attractions:Rivers & Lakes

Description

Salt lakes occupy ten per cent of the area of Rottnest Island. Many of them - including Lake Baghdad, Lake Vincent, Herschel Lake, Garden Lake, Government House Lake and Serpentine Lake - are permanent and have surrounding beaches. Other lakes such as Pink Lake, Lake Sirius, Lake Negri and the twin Pearse Lakes may dry out in summer.

Exploring the lakes area, you can following educational interpretive signage to discover how the lakes were formed, what makes the lakes pink and why they are considered such a unique eco system. The Lakes Walk of the Wadjemup Walk Trail meanders through the lake systems including a magical stroll along the Lakes Boardwalk.

Green Island

Just off of Nancy Cove along Rottnest's southern coastline, Green Island is an eye-catching natural feature planted in the sea.

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  • Natural Attractions:Islands,Points of Interest
  • Activities:Snorkelling

Description

Green Island is a small sea stack located at the south of Rottnest Island, a short distance away from Nancy Cove and opposite shoreline. It is a popular photo opportunity for visitors taking the scenic coastal route. 

Image used with permission from Rottnest Island Authority. 

Henrietta Rocks

The lookout over Henrietta Rocks gives you epic views of the bluewater bay, a preview of the wreck of The Shark and Dyer Island in the distance.

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  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays,Lookouts,Points of Interest
  • Activities:Snorkelling

Description

Just beside Porpoise Bay on Rottnest Island's southeast, Henrietta Rocks is a spectular interest point for Island explorers. 

Image used with permission from Rottnest Island Authority. 

Herschel Lake

One of Rottnest Island's saltwater lakes, separated from Government House Lake by a narrow pathway.

Details

  • Natural Attractions:Rivers & Lakes

Description

Salt lakes occupy ten per cent of the area of Rottnest Island. Many of them - including Lake Baghdad, Lake Vincent, Herschel Lake, Garden Lake, Government House Lake and Serpentine Lake - are permanent and have surrounding beaches. Other lakes such as Pink Lake, Lake Sirius, Lake Negri and the twin Pearse Lakes may dry out in summer.

Exploring the lakes area, you can following educational interpretive signage to discover how the lakes were formed, what makes the lakes pink and why they are considered such a unique eco system. The Lakes Walk of the Wadjemup Walk Trail meanders through the lake systems including a magical stroll along the Lakes Boardwalk.

Jeannie's Lookout

Offers you an incredible vantage point looking out over Jeannie's Pool and the reef system beneath the surface.

Details

  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays,Lookouts
  • Activities:Walking

Description

Jeannie's Pool is a small bay containing a reef which extends from Parker Point to Salmon Bay. It is excellent for snorkelling, if conditions permit. 

Image used with permission from Rottnest Island Authority. 

Lake Vincent

Lake Vincent gets its vibrant pink hue from the minerals in the salt water and is popular amongst those taking the scenic cycling route around the Island.

Details

  • Natural Attractions:Rivers & Lakes

Description

Salt lakes occupy ten per cent of the area of Rottnest Island. Many of them - including Lake Baghdad, Lake Vincent, Herschel Lake, Garden Lake, Government House Lake and Serpentine Lake - are permanent and have surrounding beaches. Other lakes such as Pink Lake, Lake Sirius, Lake Negri and the twin Pearse Lakes may dry out in summer.

Exploring the lakes area, you can following educational interpretive signage to discover how the lakes were formed, what makes the lakes pink and why they are considered such a unique eco system. The Lakes Walk of the Wadjemup Walk Trail meanders through the lake systems including a magical stroll along the Lakes Boardwalk.

Image used with permission from Rottnest Island Authority. 

Little Armstrong Bay

A north-facing bay encircled by shallow reefs and pocketed by sand - this bay is protected from the strong currents making it a favourite swimming location

Details

  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays
  • Activities:Snorkelling

Description

Little Armstrong Bay lies 400m to the east and consists of an 80m long pocket of sand bordered by steep 30m high calcarenite bluffs. Shallow reefs extend several hundred meters off the beach resulting in usually calm conditions at the shore. A circuit off the main road runs out to the top of the beach which is a popular swimming spot.

Note that the beach is unpatrolled. 

Little Parakeet Bay

One of Rottnest Island's most popular beaches for swimming, snorkelling and lounging on the warm sand.

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  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays
  • Activities:Snorkelling

Description

Little Parakeet Bay is bordered by reefs at a distance from the shore. It is one of the Island's most renowned beaches, enjoyed by Rottnest-regulars and visitors alike.  

Photo credit: Tourism Western Australia

Little Salmon Bay

A quiet little bay away from the main settlement where you can enjoy the peace and take a calm dip in the still water

Details

  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays
  • Activities:Snorkelling

Description

Situated beside its bigger sibling, Salmon Bay, Little Salmon Bay is a popular spot for snorkelling especially for those with younger children due to its calm conditions and gentle waves. 

Some colourful coral reefs lie just off the shore so there is much to be discovered. 

Longreach Bay

As its name suggests, Longreach Bay provides an expanse of soft and makes for a relaxing beachside stroll

Details

  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays
  • Activities:Boating,Fishing,Snorkelling

Description

Longreach Bay is accessible by boat, with mooring points available. Accommodation units line the road beside the bay, so the bay is often busy with holidaymakers. For those without bicycles, the bus runs from the Main Settlement to Longreach - only a quick 5minute ride gets you to the Bay. 

Conditions are generally calm, so the bay is suitable for those with children, although stingrays have been spotted gliding through the water around the bay. 

Images used with permission from Tourism Western Australia. 

Mary Cove

A small, secluded cove surrounded by a network of reefs which make for an excellent snorkelling expedition.

Details

  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays,Swimming Holes
  • Activities:Snorkelling
  • Facilities:Toilets

Description

Located on the south coast of the Island, Mary Cove sits beside Salmon Bay and is accessible via Karlak Boodjar Road, with Public Toilets located close nearby. Due to the reef encircling the cove, it is sheltered with superb snorkelling conditions.

Image used with permission from Rottnest Island Authority. 

Parker Point

A popular stopping point for cyclists along Parker Point Road

Details

  • Activities:Snorkelling
  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays

Description

Parker Point is a popular white sandy bay along Rottnest Island's coastline. Fringed by coral formations, it is popular amongst snorkellers. 

Pink Lake

Take a cycle around the salt lakes at Rottnest ....

Details

  • Natural Attractions:Rivers & Lakes
  • Facilities:Walking Trails

Description

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Pinky Beach

Iconic Pinky Beach is a must-visit whilst you're in Rottnest, hugged by the golden dunes along the Island's stunning coastline.

Details

  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays
  • Activities:Snorkelling

Description

With a view of majestic Bathurst Lighthouse to the side, Pinky Beach is famed for the serenity of its calm conditions, and vibrantly blue water. The beach is just a short trip from Thomson Bay and is hugely popular with those visiting the island. 

Nearby, the recently completed Discovery Eco-Resort offers the first glamping experience on Rottnest. 

Image used with permission from Rottnest Island Authority. 

Porpoise Bay

A south-facing bay on Rottnest Island, offering a place to moor your boat and hop out for a coastal stroll.

Details

  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays
  • Activities:Boating

Description

Porpoise Bay curves around the south-east of the Island, stretching for 1km and encircled by offshore reefs. The shoreline is bordered by high vegetated bluffs and is accessible by Parker Point Road. 

Due to the thick carpet of seagrass on the ocean floor, the bay is better suited for walking or boating. 

Note that the beach is unpatrolled. Check beachsafe.org.au for conditions. 

Image used with permission from Rottnest Island Authority. 

Ricey Beach

A beautiful beach for swimming and surfing along Rottnest Island's dreamy coastline

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  • Activities:Snorkelling
  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays

Description

Ricey Beach stretchs for 600m starting at Crayfish Point. It is a crenulated beach, due to the shallow reefs just off the shore. A walking trail provides access to the beach from the road. 

Photo credit: Tourism Western Australia

Rocky Bay

A northward facing bay along the narrow neck of Rottnest Island opposite Strickland Bay

Details

  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays
  • Activities:Boating,Walking

Description

Rocky Bay is a long stretch of shoreline, sitting between Marjorie Bay and Stark Bay and accessible along Digby Drive. It provides for calmer conditions, protected from the strong winds due to its north-facing position. Provides for an excellent coastal walk and leisurely swim to break up a long day of cycling. 

Image used with permission from Rottnest Island Authority. 

Rottnest Island

Escape to WA's very own island getaway, home to the famous Quokkas of Rottnest.

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  • Activities:Fishing,Snorkelling
  • Facilities:Accommodation,Cafe / Shops,Walking Trails
  • Natural Attractions:Islands

Description

Rottnest Island is Western Australia's very own Island getaway, featuring a casual atmosphere, picturesque scenery and some of the world's finest beaches and bays, is located just 19 kilometres off the coast of Fremantle.

It’s a special place for Western Australians and a popular destination for interstate and international visitors. Mediterranean-style climate and indigenous flora and fauna of this Island provide the backdrop to a special holiday experience.

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