Rottnest Island Explorer Bus Service

Rottnest Island Explorer Bus Service

Did you know that you can see Rottnest Island without having to jump on a bicycle?! The Rottnest Island Explorer bus service is ideal if you want to get more out of your day trip or short break on Rottnest. One of the most popular ways to get around the sleepy, sunny holiday island is on two wheels, but you can see and cover much more ground with a bus pass. Take advantage of the hop on – hop off service to see some of Western Australia’s most beautiful beaches and pristine bay, as well as a whole host of historic spots. There’s a commentary too, which you’re sure to find out some interesting facts about this beautiful island.

Rottnest Island Explorer Bus Service

The journey is comfortable, with the air-conditioned bus making 18 stops on the route. The large widows make it easy to enjoy the view. The bus does a loop of the Island, and a bus arrives at each spot every 30 minutes. Making it easy to squeeze in lots of sightseeing. And if you don’t want to walk, that’s ok! Just stay on the bus for the entire loop. The island is only 11km long and 4.5km wide, so a full loop on the bus takes about an hour. It’s also a great way to familiarise yourself with the whole Island, to discover areas that you can later explore in more detail by bike or on foot.

Rottnest Island Explorer Bus Service

There are so many things to do on Rottnest Island, whether its nature, history or relaxing on the sand that floats your boat. You can get off at any number of stops to enjoy attractions and beaches:

Hop off the bus and swim or snorkel at one of the 63 beaches and 20 bays, like the stunning Salmon Bay.

Rottnest Island Explorer Bus Service

Cape Vlamingh is the most south westerly point of Rottnest and has a raised walkway through the scrubby landscape.

Rottnest Island Explorer Bus Service

From the lookout, you can admire the wild, rocky scenery.

Rottnest Island Explorer Bus Service

Encounter wildlife including birdlife, sea lions and dolphins at Cathedral Rocks. There are free binoculars to use, so you can see the sealions sunning themselves on the rocks in the distance, or frolicking in the ocean. You’ll even be able to spot whales in their migration season.

Rottnest Island Explorer Bus Service

Climb the Wadjemup Lighthouse for a spectacular view across the island or get off the bus at the train station and ride the little train to the underground maze of WWII tunnels beneath Oliver Hill.

If you’d still like to cycle, hire a bike, ride as far as you can and you can get the bus back.

So make the most of your time on Rottnest and explore its spectacular coastal headlands, inland lakes and much more, by hopping on a bus!

Rottnest Island Explorer Bus Service

You can book your ticket online, purchase them from the Visitor Centre, at the Main Bus Stop vending machines or from a friendly bus driver.

Rottnest Island Explorer Bus Service


Day Pass – ADULT $20.00

Day Pass – CHILD (5 to 12 years) $15
(Children 4 and under ride free)

Day Pass – CONCESSION $15
The following concession cards are accepted and must be shown:
• West Australian Seniors
•Department of Veterans Affairs
•Disability pension
•Australian Student Cards

Day Pass – FAMILY $50

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About Stella B

Stella is loving retirement! Besides her loves of gardening, reading and painting, she adores spending time with her family and being out and about in Perth. Living in the Perth Hills, her time is often spent brunching with her husband at one of Kalamunda’s many cafes or enjoying a food platter over a glass of wine at a Bickley Valley winery.

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  1. […] The Rottnest Island Explorer Bus Service is an inexpensive way to see the entire island and departs at regular intervals. It’s particularly good for those with limited mobility. Read more about it in the Seniorocity review.  […]

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