Rottnest Island

The most convenient way to get around Rottnest is by bicycle, as private cars are not allowed on the island. A self-guided bicycle tour of the island covers 26 km (16 miles) and can take as little as three hours, although you really need an entire day to enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

Heading south from Thomson Bay, between Government House and Herschell Lakes, you’ll find the Quokka Walk and a man-made causeway where you’ll find a few quokka colonies. Continue south and to Oliver Hill and the Wadjemup Light House, where tours are run every half hour from 11 am until 2:30 pm. As you continue to Bickley Bay you can spot the wreckage of ships—the oldest dates from 1842—that came to rest on Rottnest's rocky coastline.

Follow the main road past Porpoise, Salmon, Strickland, and Wilson bays to West End, the windiest point on the island and another graveyard for unfortunate vessels. Heading back to Thomson Bay, the road passes a dozen rocky inlets and bays. Parakeet Bay, the prettiest, is at the northernmost tip of the island.

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  • 1. Rottnest Museum

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    At the Thomson Bay settlement, don't miss the Rottnest Museum, which includes mementos of the island's sometimes turbulent past. Staying true...Read More

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