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Rottnest Island Grand Tour Including Lunch and Historical Train Ride

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Rottnest Island, Australia
Rottnest Island Grand Tour Including Lunch and Historical Train Ride

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icon4 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Experience the best of Rottnest Island on a half-day sightseeing tour by bus and historical train. Visit Kingstown Barracks, Oliver Hill Battery, and Henrietta Rocks shipwreck location, and keep an eye out for quokkas and other wildlife. You can snap photos of the turquoise bays and white-sand beaches that ring the traffic-free island, and learn about the history of the Aboriginal Noongar people.
  • Half-day sightseeing bus tour of Rottnest Island
  • Take in Oliver Hill Battery, Henrietta Rocks shipwreck location, and Kingstown Barracks
  • Look for quokkas and other Australian native wildlife
  • Includes live commentary from the guide, a light box lunch, and transportation
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Live commentary on board
Air-conditioned vehicle
Return Train ride
WWII guns and tunnel tour
Transportation to/from Rottnest Island (make your own ferry arrangements)
Rottnest Island , Rottnest Island 6161, Australia

Departure Point: Rottnest Island Main Railway Station Address: Close to the Main Bus Terminal at the Settlement (behind Dome Café), it is a 3 minute walk from the arrival jetty of the Ferries from the mainland (from Perth, Fremantle and Hillarys)

This activity will end right where it started.
Make your own way to Rottnest Island and meet your guide at the main bus terminal to start your tour. Start with a ride on the historical train, and then explore this natural reserve in an air-conditioned bus.

See top attractions like Henrietta Rocks and Oliver Hill Gun Fortification and Tunnels. Take in the views from the lookout point at Cathedral Rocks and Cape Vlamingh, and hear about Rottnest Island’s maritime and military history, Aboriginal culture, and heritage. All major habitats are covered—including pristine beaches, woodlands, and salt lakes—and your guide points out native vegetation and wildlife, particularly the endearing quokka.

Your tour includes regular stops for photo opportunities, and a light boxed lunch with a sandwich and bottled water. Your tour concludes with drop-off at your starting point.
Stop At:  
Oliver Hill Battery
This attraction is a significant icon representing the defence of Australia during World War II. Over the years it has been highlighted as a significant heritage site and features the defence facilities and mechanism that were in place to defend major Australian ports overwhelmed by warships during the war. Whilst on the Grand Island Tour you will have the opportunity to discover the hidden secrets of this attraction through a guided tour.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Kingstown Barracks
Kingstown is located 1km south of the Thomson Bay Main Jetty and was a focal point in Rottnest Islands WWII operations as it housed the Australian Army during wartime operations. Kingstown Barracks accommodation was opened for educational use in 1984/1985 and has become a much loved camp destination for many WA schools.
Pass By:  
Cape Vlamingh
A spectacular location most commonly used for whale watching in the winter and spring season. On this tour you will have the opportunity to uncover this stunning location and marvel at the amazingly wild and rugged scenery.
Stop At:  
Cathedral Rocks
See the New Zealand Fur Seal Colony that live at Cathedral Rocks. The seals can be see from the viewing platform as they spend their time resting on the rocks.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Rottnest Island Salt Lakes
When on the island, a must do activity is to explore the many salt lakes that occupy approximately 10 per cent of the area. Notable ones include Lake Baghdad, Lake Vincent, Herschel Lake, Garden Lake, Government House Lake and Serpentine Lake. These lakes are permanent and are always accessible all year around, other notable lakes that may dry up throughout the summer period include Pink Lake, Lake Sirius, Lake Negri and the twin Pearse Lakes. These salt lake are known to turn pink as a result of the interaction between the algae and salt that grows in the water. When the right mixture of salt and sunlight interact with the algae a red pigment known as beta carotene is accumulated resulting in the pink tinge to the water.
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Henrietta Rocks
Henrietta Rocks is an iconic landmark of Rottnest Island and is commonly used as a lookout for a picturesque view of the island. From here visitors can see Dyer Island, the wreck of the Shark and Parker Point. The most notable of these sights is the wreck of the Shark located only a few metres of the shore.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please note: This tour does not include ferry transport to and from the island; this must be booked separately on your preferred ferry operator
  • Infant meals not included
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 34 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Australian Pinnacle Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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  • "Easy process, ferry ride across, bike hire and easy to get around." See review

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beach swim - secluded and stunning views
, Feb. 2020
Fabulous day at Rottnest Island. Highly recommend it as brilliant day out. Easy process, ferry ride across, bike hire and easy to get around. We had our extended family group of 8 and we all loved it. Cycling around the island was great, stopped at look outs, lighthouse, madatory selfie with a quokka and had a swim at a gorgeous little private beach (there were several options) Lunch at a cafe and finished off with drinks at the pub - great day!
Good tour
Wendy F
, Jan. 2020
My type of tour, quick, full of information, driving slowly by, in the bus, a lot of little things to see and stopping only at the main attractions eg: the tunnels and war gun and the lighthouse. Tour guide , Bob, was full of information about the island, the places we passed, but didn’t stop at, he also had a story to tell about them, he made the trip interesting. Unfortunately we didn’t get the train ride as it had broken down which meant we did that part of the tour in the bus also. Lunch was a chicken wrap, cookie and water and a selfie with a quokka!
Friendly and accommodating service, beautiful island
, Nov. 2019
My ferry to Rottnest arrived late to start the tour, but the staff and tour guide made sure I missed as little as possible and made the trip well worth it.
Great Trip
, Aug. 2019
Really enjoyed the WW2 gun battery and the old historic items and buildings on the island. Hardly saw any Quokka in the wild but saw dozens of them in and around the main village late in the afternoon. The only negative was the mens toilets which were filthy and stinking, not what you would expect in a modern country like Australia. The porcelain had a massive amount of encrusted urine obviously built up over a period of time. I passed the cleaner as he was leaving and noticed he had hosed the facility out, but it required more, including the use of proper cleaning compounds. The cleaning contractor and contract manager are clearly not doing their job properly. However over all a great place to visit and highly recommended.
It was an enjoyable day. Parts like...
Carol C
, Oct. 2017
It was an enjoyable day. Parts like the tour of the gun tunnels were a bit boring and lunch was very average but the beaches were really beautiful.
Nine friends all seniors really...
, Oct. 2017
Nine friends all seniors really enjoyed this tour. A train ride, a tour of the tunnels, and a fantastic drive around the whole island, stopping at many scenic spots along the way. We spotted whales, dolphins, and New Zealand fur seals.
Lovely Tour guide for Grande...
wendy F
, Oct. 2016
Lovely Tour guide for Grande Rottnest Tour. Lovely lunch provided, which made it good value .Boat trip too expensive in my opinion.The train ride was cancelled which was nt really compensated.
Out standing! A beautiful Island, our...
cicely f
, Aug. 2016
Out standing! A beautiful Island, our guide was very informative
This was a great tour. The bus...
Bozena R
, May 2016
This was a great tour. The bus leaves from behind Dome and we had a lovely small group on that day. The highlights were the beautiful beaches we stopped at along the way, seal watching and the ride on the old train - I even got to be the train driver! Lots of fun and I would do it again in a heartbeat.
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