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Rottnest Island Glamping Trail Retreat

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Duration

2 Days

Distance

15 - 30 km

Difficulty

Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate

Tour Type

Overnight

Tour Overview

Are you ready to explore the secret side of Rottnest? Get away from the busy roads and beaches, to discover the hidden bays, secret coves, and wonderful wild side of Rottnest Island, aboard the Wadjemup Bidi Trail Network.

Adventure spectacular coastal headlands, stunning inland lakes and marvelous bunkers and bays over 2 adventure-filled days.  Rest your well-worn feet in glamping luxury at Discovery Rottnest by night, indulging in VIP catering and island-style comfort. Add an extra night if you want to stay a little longer!

With the luxury of incredible island transport at our disposal, your trail experience can be anywhere from 5 – 18 km per day. If you want to enjoy a beginner-friendly hike and kick your shoes off early, enjoy poolside hangs, or Seabreeze snoozes, that’s totally fine!  Looking for more of a challenge? Skip the bus stops and continue the hike from start to finish at a challenging 18km adventure each day. The choice is always yours.

*Accommodation is based on twin-share. To book a private room, please get in touch.

 

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Tour Inclusions

  • Return Ferry Tickets B-Shed Fremantle - Rottnest and Rottnest - B-Shed Fremantle
  • 1x Night Accommodation in the award-winning luxury Tuart Forrest Superior Tents in Discovery Rottnest Island (upgrades to Sand dunes tents | Deluxe available on request) *For more visual guidance on the accommodation, visit Discovery Rottnest Island on Instagram or Facebook.
  • 2x days of guided hiking tours covering between 5 - 18km per day (options to make your hike longer or shorter depending on fitness), including rich historic tales of the trails we hike
  • Bus transfers to our hiking points with pickups and drop-offs for the entire weekend
  • Fresh juice / Coffee upon arrival at Rottnest Island
  • 3-course dinner + glass of wine at the beautiful Lontara
  • 2x picnic-style packed lunches from local cafes and caterers
  • Breakfast + coffee/tea at Pinkies Beach Club
  • An amazing, exclusive tour opportunity that can not be experienced by any other operators on Rottnest Island

Tour Itinerary

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FERRY TO ROTTNEST ISLAND

Make you way to the meeting point at the B - Shed Ferry Terminal in Fremantle. Please arrive at least 30 minutes early to check in and receive your ticket and luggage tags. Exact boarding times will be sent to all ticket holders closer to the date as ferry times are subject to change.

DAY ONE

Day 1: (Hiking distance From 5-18 km)

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, refresh with a barista coffee or fresh juice at the Lane Cafe before we begin our hiking adventures.

The hiking fun begins with a short transported trip to the West End where we embark on the Ngank Wen Bidi (Explore West End), Take a moment to enjoy the beautiful views at Cape Vlamingh, before heading onto Catherdral Rocks, where we can view the seals from the viewing platform, providing the perfect vantage point to watch the New Zealand fur seals frolicking. Our next stops are Mabel Cove and Marjorie Bay. Feeling good with calling it a day here? You have the choice after lunch to jump on the Island bus and head to the tents for a relaxing afternoon.

Chosen to stick around for the afternoon? Part two of day one will bring us onto the Karlinyah Bidi (Experience the Northern Beaches) as we make our way along the northern coast of Rottnest. We begin at Rocky Bay as we head through Narrow Neck, and onto Ricey Beach for another beautiful beach section. We navigate through rugged, rocky terrain, on the trickiest part of today's journey.

Now, we merge onto the City of York Bay, and learn about the shipwreck and then take in the serrated reef that was the cause of such destruction. Further along, we enjoy sweeping views of Catherine Bay and watch for pied oystercatchers at the water’s edge, before our final section past little Armstrong Bay and into our accommodation.

We arrive into camp with a few hours of sunlight remaining to settle in with a nice hot shower and put your feet up before we join together for a beautiful 3-course dinner.

DINNER & ACCOMMODATION

Rest and put your feet up in luxury, as we check in to Discovery Rottnest Glamping tents. Take a dip in the private resort pool, or relax in nature in the comfort of your tent before dinner.

As the sun sets, we will meet at Lontara for a beautiful 3-course dinner, and time to reflect on our favourite bits of the south of the Island.

DAY TWO

Day 2: (Hiking distance approx. 5-18km)

Day two begins with an indulgent buffet breakfast at Pinkies beach Club before embarking on our second day of hiking.

Now it's time to walk out of camp as we combine the serene salt lakes with a rich history and tackle the southern side of the island and the stunning salt lakes.

Marvel at the birds dancing on the salt lakes, recognised as wetlands of National Importance, and relax on Salmon Bay. Explore the Wadjemup lighthouse, and enjoy a pitstop for some lunch with a view, before heading on to admire huge Osprey stacks at salmon point, before marvelling at the crystal clear waters of Parker Point.

Explore the Ngank Yira Bidi Trail (uncover Bickley Battery) from Porpoise Bay, Henrietta Rocks, and Jubilee Hill, walking to the highest point of the Bickley Bay area and enjoying 360 degrees view of the Island and surrounding waters. Our last stop of the day is the Bickley Battery, where we can discover the rocky intertidal shores on our journey back to Thomson Bay to conclude your Trail retreat of Rottnest Island.

RETURN FERRY TO FREMANTLE

We board our ferry and begin our journey across the sea to Fremantle where our journey comes to an end in time for the sun to set.

What To Bring

  • Comfortable shoes such as trainers or hiking shoes.
  • Two days of hiking clothes and casual wear
  • Refillable water bottle (at least 1L)
  • Sun protection and hat
  • Cold and wet weather clothing
  • Hiking poles if required
  • Please bring any snacks and beverages or purchase at the local store on the Island

Tour Location

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Comments From Our Guests

  • Geraldine Toole Avatar
    Geraldine Toole
    17 Sep 2019 - Google

    Brilliant first hike, nice small group, Kate and Tahlia were so friendly and welcoming along with the other hikers. Excited... read more

    ssnostromo Avatar
    ssnostromo
    5 star rating
    18 May 2020 - TripAdvisor

    Had a great introduction to hiking with the hike collective over the weekend- excellent guide and not too hard!! Will... read more

  • SooTee35 Avatar
    SooTee35
    5 star rating
    29 Sep 2019 - TripAdvisor

    Great walk to the top of Mt Cooke with a lovely bunch of like minded people. All abilities catered for,... read more

    fishbowl08
    5 star rating
    22 May 2021 - TripAdvisor

    Great hike today with a super friendly and knowledgeable guide. The time flew past. Mixture of gravel, rock and bitumen... read more

  • Shan
    4 star rating
    01 Jul 2021 - TripAdvisor

    Such a magical location. Although it was a wet & windy day, the cave was warm & dry. Parts of... read more

    917ellena
    5 star rating
    25 May 2021 - TripAdvisor

    Beautiful Sunday hike. The weather held off for the most part and the scary was breath-taking. Well organised and informative.... read more

Additional Information

AMENITIES
Accomodation is twin share. (Single supplement available at checkout if desired)
Each tent is equipped with private ensuite.

The Discovery Rottnest Island resort also has a private pool

You can buy anything you might need on the island from the local store, and other village shops.
FERRY & BUS TRANSFERS ON ISLAND
Rottnest Island admission fees and all bus transfers and Ferry transfers are included in your ticket.
B-SHED FERRY CARPARK
Car parking is payable on-site at B-Shed, however, we recommend arriving by uber or taxi to minimise extra charges. If you wish to park at the B-Shed terminal for the two days, please ensure you buy adequate parking at the ticketing machine, and arrive early to allow for this.
HIKE DIFFICULTY
This hike is considered beginner to advanced, depending on what you are looking for, with options to get the bus back to settlement throughout the journey as the trail often pops out just in time for a bus, before burrowing back into the wild side of Rottnest. For the best experience, it is recommended for people with a moderate fitness level. Trails have short steep hills, rough surfaces, and sections of uneven ground.
CANCELLATION POLICY
No-shows and cancellations received within 30 days of hike departure will incur a 100% cancellation fee.

Due to the nature of this tour, and the amount of businesses included in organisations, cancellations within 30-60 days prior will incur a 50% cancellation fee. Cancellations received over 60 days in advance will receive a full refund or credit towards another hike experience minus a $35 administration fee. 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.
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