Rottnest Island – Bayseeker Island Tour
Visit spectacular Rottnest Island, the “Emerald Isle in a Sea of Sapphire”, only 19km off the mainland coast, “Rotto” has a relaxed atmosphere and unique features that will leave a lasting impression.
Tour Code: BIT
Book below or call our Rottnest Operations team on (+61) 8 6270 6006
Main Bus Settlement, Thompson Bay
At the Main Bus Settlement, Thompson Bay
Coach & Ferry
- Tour Highlights
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!
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.
Henrietta Rocks is an iconic landmark of Rottnest Island and is commonly used as a lookout for a picturesque view of the island. From here visitors can see Dyer Island, the wreck of the Shark and Parker Point. The most notable of these sights is the wreck of the Shark located only a few metres of the shore.
Parker point is a well-known marine sanctuary located on the south-east end of the Island. A popular activity to do whilst here is snorkelling as it features a beautiful snorkelling trail that will lead you to plaques on the sea bed with information to read about the flora and fish life in the area. Marine sanctuary zones on the Island are aimed at protecting representative samples of entire marine habitats at various locations. These habitats tend to support a diverse array of marine plants and animals including seagrasses, algae, corals, molluscs, echnoderms sponges and fish.
Located in the centre of the Island and is one of the few lighthouses in Australia built in the centre as opposed to along the coast. The lighthouse stands approximately 38 metres high from ground level to the lantern and played a crucial role in the pilot boat operations as it provided a communication between pilot boat stations and incoming ships. Until this day Wadjemup Lighthouse remains in operation and was opened to the public for tourism on November 2nd, 2005.
A rugged piece of coastline which unlike the rest of the Island is not so calm and peaceful. Here you can gaze across the Indian Ocean and view the magnificent waves forming, a paradise for surfers. West End is renowned for scuba diving and for some shore fishing, but is not for the faint hearted, as this area has no protection from the elements of the ocean. Whilst here if you are lucky, you might come across some sea creatures in their natural habitat – Dolphins, Humpback Whales and Southern Right Whales are known to migrate twice a year. Other animals include the resident New Zealand fur seals! These seals tend to live and breed along the south coast of Australia and New Zealand and will feed mainly at night on small fish and squid.
Explore the stunning beauty of this A-Class reserve in air conditioned comfort, taking in the amazing fauna and flora of the island, stunning beaches, woodlands and incredible salt lakes. This 2 hour island tour 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 Rottnest’s cultural and historical heritage ranging from Maritime, Colonial and Military history to future developments.
There is no accommodation on this tour.
Below prices are valid until 31 March 2019:
- Adult $40
- Concession $35
- Child $25
Please note: Availability for this tour varies daily, to make a booking or enquiry please contact our Rottnest Operations team on +61 8 6270 6006. This tour departs from Rottnest Island and ferry transport is not included in the itinerary.
Please wear comfortable walking shoes; bring a hat and your camera, we also recommend bringing sunscreen.