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Rottnest Island | Lakes & Bays Guided Hike

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Duration

All day

Distance

12 km

Difficulty

Intermediate

Tour Type

Small Group

Tour Overview

We invite you to experience Rottnest Island by foot on our 12km guided hike.  Traverse spectacular coastal headlands, past stunning inland lakes and encounter both natural and man-made attractions along the way.

From “walking on water’ boardwalks, to a dip in the big blue at Little Parakeet Bay or the Basin, famous shipwrecks, and a little journey of the Islands lighthouses, this one day island adventure is the perfect way to experience the highlights of Rottnest in a bite sized chunk. 

Check in with The Hike Collective at The B-Shed ferry terminal in Fremantle and board the fast ferry on our short 30 minute ferry trip to the Island. 

When you arrive at Rottnest Island, we start our journey on the Gabbi Karniny Bidi ” Discover the Salt Lakes”  with some of the best views on the Island. From Vlamingh Lookout you’ll gain real perspective of what you’ll find beyond the Settlement.

We then head on to Lake Baghdad where we can stop to watch the birds dancing on the Salt Lakes. These lakes have been recognised as Wetlands of National Importance.  Head onto the Lakes Boardwalk to experience the illusion of walking on water. The boardwalk safeguards the significant samphire communities below.  We detour up to the Wadjemup Lighthouse where we stop for a light refreshment and a moment to enjoy the beautiful view from the highest point on the island, before returning to the trail and heading to the Northern beaches.

As the day warms up, we get to cool down as we head onto Little Parakeet bay. Kick off your shoes and paddle in the calm waters of Little Parakeet Bay in the beautiful clear turquoise waters and then we head onto Geordie Bay, Longreach Bay and to The Basin, one of the Island’s most popular swimming spots.

We finish our hiking tour back at the main settlement, where we will have a beautiful spot reserved for you to enjoy lunch the way you want to before experiencing Rottnest in your unique style for the afternoon.  

Children

Children: Please note that the children’s ticket price is if they become Quokka club members (https://www.rottnestexpress.com.au/deals/quokkaclub.html). This is essential to receive this ticket price for children under 12 years of age.

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Tour Inclusions

  • Guided 12km hike along the Wadjemup Bidi network to explore the lakes and bays of Rottnest Island
  • Return Ferry Tickets Fremantle (B-Shed) - Rottnest and Rottnest - Fremantle
  • Amazing historical stories and secrets covering local heritage of our fascinating hiking trail
  • Cold drink or ice cream at Kalli's On Rotto at the Wadjemup Lighthouse
  • Private reserved area for lunch *Lunch not included in the ticket*
  • An exclusive tour opportunity that can not be experienced with any other operators on Rottnest Island
  • Friendly and knowledgeable, first aid trained tour guides
  • A free afternoon to relax and enjoy the Island in your own style

Tour Itinerary

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LAKES & BAYS HIKE

When you arrive at Rottnest Island, we start our journey on the Gabbi Karniny Bidi " Discover the Salt Lakes" with some of the best views on the Island. From Vlamingh Lookout you’ll gain real perspective of what you’ll find beyond the Settlement.

We then head on to Lake Baghdad where we can stop to watch the birds dancing on the Salt Lakes. These lakes have been recognised as Wetlands of National Importance. Head onto the Lakes Boardwalk to experience the illusion of walking on water. The boardwalk safeguards the significant samphire communities below. We detour up to the Wadjemup Lighthouse where we stop for a light refreshment and a moment to enjoy the beautiful view from the highest point on the island, before returning to the trail and heading to the Northern beaches.

As the day warms up, we get to cool down as we head onto Little Parakeet bay. Kick off
your shoes and paddle in the calm waters of Little Parakeet Bay in the beautiful clear turquoise waters and then we head onto Geordie Bay, Longreach Bay and to The Basin, one of the Island’s most popular swimming spots.

We finish our hiking tour back at the main settlement, where we will have a beautiful spot reserved for you to enjoy lunch the way you want to before experiencing Rottnest in your unique style for the afternoon.

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What To Bring

  • Comfortable trainers
  • Water bottle (at least 1L)
  • Sun protection and hat
  • Snacks to enjoy along the trail
  • Towel, snorkel & bathers if you want to enjoy an ocean dip post tour
  • Cash or credit card to purchase lunch and any drinks for the day

Tour Location

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Comments From Our Guests

  • Kate Shepherd Avatar
    Kate Shepherd
    positive review 
    03 Mar 2019 - Facebook

    First hike today with the Hike Collective and loved it! Kate’s enthusiasm is infectious 😊

    Victoria Waters Avatar
    Victoria Waters
    07 Sep 2020 - Google

    Highly recommend the hike collective have been on few hikes now and thoroughly enjoyed them all. Everyone is super friendly... read more

  • Rachel Emer Avatar
    Rachel Emer
    positive review 
    14 Apr 2019 - Facebook

    First hike with The Hike Collective today and was a lovely experience. I was feeling a little apprehensive but there... read more

    Climber491047 Avatar
    Climber491047
    5 star rating
    15 Feb 2020 - TripAdvisor

    My 2nd time with The Hike Collective. Another walk through our beautiful state. Amazing scenery and the friendliest leaders.... read more

  • Linda Maxwell Avatar
    Linda Maxwell
    positive review 
    07 Oct 2019 - Facebook

    I participated in the Mystery Hike Hop and had a lot of fun. I loved experiencing our beautiful hills region.... read more

    Shirley Lizza Avatar
    Shirley Lizza
    positive review 
    25 Aug 2019 - Facebook

    Did my first hike today at Gosnells Falls. Great group of people, well organised. I look forward to trying other... read more

Additional Information

AMENITIES
Public toilets are located at the beginning of the hike and throughout.
FERRY TICKETS AND ISLAND ADMISSION FEES
Both the ferry ticket price and Island admission fees are included in your ticket
CARPARK
We will be meeting at the B SHED Ferry Terminal for Rottnest Express. Car parking fees will apply and we recommend arriving by train or carpooling.
HIKE GRADING
This hike is a grade Three. It is suitable for families and we recommend a moderate fitness level as some inclines and beach walking is included on this tour.
CANCELLATION POLICY
No-shows and cancellations received within 48 hours of hike departure will incur a 100% cancellation fee.

Cancellations within 2-7 days prior will incur a 50% cancellation fee. Cancellations received over 7 days in advance will receive a full refund or credit towards another hike experience. Please note that Rezdy fees are non refundable. Guests can transfer their booking to a friend with no penalty but must advise The Hike Collective so we can forward all booking information to the new attendee.

If The Hike Collective cancels an event due to weather or danger in any way, your ticket will automatically be moved to the new date, or you will be eligible to transfer amounts paid to another tour or receive a full refund.
LEAVE NO TRACE
Explore. Conserve. Discover. Rottnest Island is a walker’s paradise with many coastal headlands, inland lakes and both natural and man-made attractions to explore. Your safety on our tours is our concern, but your responsibility. Please stick to the designated walk trails to stay safe.

Leave no trace. Please help us to reduce our ecological footprint, and be considerate of the environment.
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