Tours

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Tours

Bayseeker Bus. This company, which runs a continuous hop-on, hop-off island circuit, picks up and drops off passengers at the most beautiful bays and beaches. Day tickets are A$14 and can be purchased from the Rottnest Island Visitor Centre. Buses run from 8:30–3:30, hourly in winter and half hourly in summer until 4:30. Timetables are posted at all bus stops. Thomson Bay, Henderson Ave., Rottnest Island, WA, 6161. 08/9372–9732. www.rottnestisland.com.

The Oliver Hill Train. Known as the Captain Hussey, the Oliver Hill Train is an ideal way to see the island. The route from the Main Settlement to Oliver Hill runs daily at 1:30, and connects with a guided tour of the historic Oliver Hill gun battery. The fare is A$26 and includes the guided tour. The train fare without the guided tours is A$18. Tickets are available at the visitor information center. Thomson Bay, Rottnest Island, WA, 6161. 08/9372–9732. www.rottnestisland.com.

Discovery Tour. For those not keen on biking or hop-on, hop-off buses, the Rottnest Island Authority runs a popular Discovery Tour that gives an overview of the island's activities, history, environment, and wildlife over one hour and 45 minutes. Highlights of the tour are the Wadjemup Lighthouse and the remote West End. Tours depart daily from the Main Bus Stop at 11:15, 1:40, and 1:50 (times subject to ferry services.) Tours cost A$35. Tickets available from the visitor center. Thompson Bay, Rottnest Island, WA. 9372–9732.

The Rottnest Island Authority also runs a narrated 90-minute coach tour of the island's highlights, including convict-built cottages, World War II gun emplacements, salt lakes, and the remote West End. Tours depart daily from Main Bus Stop. The Oliver Hill Railway made its debut in the mid-1990s, utilizing 6 km (4 mi) of reconstructed railway line to reach the island's World War II gun batteries. Information is available from the Rottnest Island Visitor Information Centre.

Charter1 catamaran. Cuddle up onboard a 12½-meter (41-foot) island-circling catamaran that offers snorkeling and seal and dolphin spotting adventures to Rottnest Island’s isolated bays by day, and gently rocking accommodation complete with stargazing by night. The day tours head to a small rocky island where Australian fur seals like to loll about, but once they see you splash into the ocean, they're keen to play and will swim around you in the water. From September to November, spot dolphins and Humpback whales frolicking in the ocean. Snorkel tours (A$68) run September–April, daily 11–1, and eco-adventure tours (A$58) are at 1:15–3:15. Twilight sails (A$48) make for another relaxing option. Bookings recommended. Snorkelling gear is provided. Rottnest Island, WA. 0428/604–794. www.charter1.com.au.

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