ROTTNEST ISLAND – Island Explorer Bus Service

Rottnest Island – WA’s most beautiful island is 19 kilometres off Perth’s coastline.  Take advantage of the hop on hop off bus service to explore the island and experience pristine beaches, rugged coastlines and natural wildlife.

  • Scenery
  • Coastal

Tour Code: IE

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Island Explorer Bus Service
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Tour Information:

Rottnest Island
Daily at various times

Ferry transport not included

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  • Accommodation
  • Prices
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Tour Highlights

Rottnest Island
WA’s most beautiful island believed to have been separated from the mainland approximately 7,000 years ago is made up of six major habitats – coastal, salt lakes, brackish swamps, woodlands, heath and settled areas. Visit this iconic destination and be amazed by the breath-taking scenery and attractions.

The Rottnest Island Quokkas are world renowned as the happiest animal on Earth, standing at just 12 inches tall these adorable animals are truly an icon of the island and will be sure to put a smile on your dial!

Salt Lakes
When on the island, a must do activity is to explore the many salt lakes that occupy approximately 10 per cent of the area. Notable ones include Lake Baghdad, Lake Vincent, Herschel Lake, Garden Lake, Government House Lake and Serpentine Lake. These lakes are permanent and are always accessible all year around, other notable lakes that may dry up throughout the summer period include Pink Lake, Lake Sirius, Lake Negri and the twin Pearse Lakes. These salt lake are known to turn pink as a result of the interaction between the algae and salt that grows in the water. When the right mixture of salt and sunlight interact with the algae a red pigment known as beta carotene is accumulated resulting in the pink tinge to the water.

Coral Reefs
The island is surrounded by stunning limestone coral reefs believed to have grown approximately 100,000 years ago. Whilst on the island be sure to explore these beautiful reefs fed by the warm Leeuwin current and discover the many species of marine life that call this area home.


Upgrade your basic ferry ride and experience the beauty of Rottnest Island on board the easy and convenient Island Explorer bus service.

This service allows you to enjoy the spectacular views as you explore the whole island in air-conditioned comfort. It also includes the fantastic option of hopping on and off at any location on the island throughout the day; this means that you can take the opportunity to discover the beauty of the Island at your own pace without the worry of finding transport back to the main settlement.

Please see Island Explorer Timetables below.

Timetable: From 27/04/21: Daily Timetable

Please note ADAMS Rottnest Island bus service is categorised as an Essential Service and thus except from physical distancing protocol although ADAMS may limit the Island Explorer to seated capacity only at any time and at our own discretion. 


There is no accommodation on this tour.


Below prices are valid until 31 March 2022:

  • Adult $20
  • Concession $15
  • Child $15

The Island Explorer accepts the Companion Card. Cardholders present their card when booking or purchasing a ticket and we will  recognise the Companion Card and issue the cardholder with a second ticket for their companion at no charge.


Please wear comfortable walking shoes, bring a hat and your camera, we also recommend bringing sunscreen. This service departs from Rottnest Island and ferry transport is not included in the itinerary.