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Rottnest Island | Lakes & Bays Guided Hike

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Duration

3.5 Hrs

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. 

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 to continue your island explorations.

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Tour Inclusions

  • Guided 12km hike along the Wadjemup Bidi network to explore the lakes and bays of Rottnest Island
  • Refreshing ice cream or cold water at the vintage coffee caravan, "Kalli's on Rotto" at Wadjemup lighthouse
  • Amazing historical stories and secrets covering local heritage of our fascinating hiking trail
  • An exclusive tour opportunity that can not be experienced with any other operators on Rottnest Island
  • Friendly and knowledgeable, first aid trained tour guides

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.

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

  • Melinda Batten Avatar
    Melinda Batten
    positive review 
    28 Nov 2020 - Facebook

    We had the best time with The Hike Collective doing Yoga in a cave followed by a walk. All the... 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

  • Ruth Kinney Avatar
    Ruth Kinney
    17 Feb 2020 - Google

    Stunning walk. Very friendly guides and hiking group.Can’t wait for the next adventure. Thank-you for a great first hike.

    Jo Jo Avatar
    Jo Jo
    positive review 
    19 Sep 2020 - Facebook

    friendly staff, great walk and an amazing spread!

  • Chris-journeys Avatar
    Chris-journeys
    5 star rating
    04 May 2021 - TripAdvisor

    Really enjoyed the Araluen hike. It was wonderful to be with a nice group of people while hiking through outstanding... read more

    drmljones Avatar
    drmljones
    5 star rating
    23 Jun 2020 - TripAdvisor

    Amazing hike, beautiful scenery and the history of the trail and area in general was great. Limited numbers meant the... read more

Additional Information

AMENITIES
Public toilets are located at the beginning of the hike and throughout.
FERRY TICKETS AND ISLAND ADMISSION FEES
Choose to add ferry tickets on to your booking and we will take care of the booking. This includes both the ferry ticket price and Island admission fees for a single day on the island. If you wish to extend your stay with accomodation on island, you will need to organise overnight ferry tickets. Otherwise we are meeting at the lawn area on the Island next to the visitors centre.
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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