Rottnest Hike and Snorkel Experience 1 Day Experience

Rottnest Hike and Snorkel Experience 1 Day Experience

Enjoy a day at Rottnest exploring the land and ocean trails. Hike the Wadjemup Bidi trails, Snorkel the Parker Point trail, Swim at The Basin and meet the famous Quokkas.

AUD $164.00 per person

Departing: Sunday 8 April 2018
Duration: 11.5 hrs approx

Enjoy a day over on Rottnest Island exploring the many land and ocean trails from each end of the island. We will hike a small section of each of the 5 trails that make up the Wadjemup Bidi trail network and enjoy some time snorkeling the Parker Point trail amongst other popular snorkeling spots like the popular Basin. You will also get plenty of opportunities to meet the famous Quokkas and maybe even score a Quokka selfie.

Group Size: Max 20

Location and Times:

B Shed, Fremantle 6.30am

Ferry departs Fremantle 7:15am, Ferry returns Fremantle 6:55pm

(Please note: parking not included in cost)

Fitness Level:

This experience requires a good level of fitness as many km's will be hiked. Participants must also be able to swim.  See FAQs for more about fitness requirements.

Highlights of the Experience

Hiking the Wadjemup Bidi Trail Network

The Whadjuk Noongar are the Traditional Owners of Rottnest Island (Wadjemup). As such, the name of this 45 kilometre trail network takes in both cultural and environmental significant landmarks reflects this heritage. The word "Bidi" in Noongar means "trail" or "track". The Wadjemup Bidi Tral network is broken up into five trails, Ngank Yira Bidi which traverses the south east corner of the island, Wardan Nara Bidi which explores the beauty of Salmon Bay, Ngank Wen Bidi which explores the spectacular West End of the Island including Cathedral rocks, Karlinyah Bidi which guides you through the beautiful bays of the northern beaches and Gabbi Karniny Bidi which traverses the north east coastline of the island. An estimated total of about 15km of hiking will be covered throughout the day. The Wadjemup Bidi Trail Network is graded level 4, Rottnest has many hills hence the high grading.

Snorkelling the Underwater Trails

Limestone reefs surround the island protecting calm, crystal clear lagoons that are home to corals, seagrass meadows and around 400 species of fish – including colourful tropical ones not usually seen so far south of the equator. The island’s southern beaches that contain Parker Point, Little Salmon Bay and the eastern end of Salmon Bay is the number one place to go snorkelling on Rottnest, especially for less confident snorkellers. This area is safe, not too deep, well protected from surges and breaking waves and has the most coral of anywhere around the island and fantastic fish life with plenty of colourful tropical species to see. We will explore the Parker Point Snorkel Trail which features a number of plaques on the sea bed which allow you to read about the abundant flora and fish life in the area.

Swimming at The Basin

A trip to Rottnest is not complete without making a trip to The Basin. This popular swimming hole is a favourite for locals and tourists thanks to the crystal clear water and colourful shallow reefs and is perfect for novice snorkellers, the protected bay is clear of strong currents and crashing waves, giving you uninterrupted snorkelling around the reef clusters. Dive right into the cool waters off the edge of the reef and explore the beautiful marine life that live in the area. A stunning beach where you can go for a swim, take a dive into the water or simply laze away underneath the gorgeous Perth sun.

Exploring tip to tip of the island

Rottnest Island is an A-class reserve, renowned for its high conservation and community values. The island covers 19 square kilometres and is administered by the Rottnest Island Authority. Rottnest is perhaps best known for its population of Quokkas, a small native marsupial found in very few other locations. The island is also home to colonies of Australian Sea Lions and southern fur seals. A number of native and introduced bird species nest near the shallow salt lakes in the island's interior, and Rottnest has consequently been designated an Important Bird Area. The island has three endemic tree species, notably the Rottnest Island Pine, and was heavily forested before settlement. Enjoy this full day exploring Rottnest in it's entirety learning the history behind this beautiful island.

Wadjemup Lighthouse

We will take the Island Explorer bus up to Wadjemup Hill and experience the breathtaking 360 degree views from Wadjemup Lighthouse. The crystal sapphire Indian Ocean waters frame a stunning picture of the Island. This is also a unique opportunity to discover what goes on within the walls of a real working lighthouse as we join a lighthouse tour. Constructed in 1896 to assist vessels to navigate the channel between Fremantle and the island, it stands at approximately 38 metres tall, and is the fourth tallest lighthouse in Australia, replacing the original 20 metre structure built in 1849. Visitors will be able to get a glimpse of Perth City from the location of the lighthouse, as it was built on the highest point on the Island.

Quokkas

A trip to Rottnest is also not complete until you have met the resident Quokkas. Labelled 'the happiest animal on earth', Quokkas, famous for posing in selfies, are native to Rottnest Island where about 10,000 live a sheltered life free from predators or traffic. They are classified as a vulnerable species and have been almost completely wiped out on the mainland.They have become one of the main tourist attractions of Rottnest Island because they have a cute appearance and are easy to see.

Important Information

Outdoor Adventuring does pose certain hazards even if participants do not recklessly place themselves in harm's way. Risks such as falling, slipping on loose gravel, sprains and insect/snakes bites are possible when exploring outdoors. We only partner with qualified and experienced business's to conduct our adventures with those risks and others in mind, and whilst the risk will always remain, we do exercise a high level of caution throughout the experience with safety of our clients being our highest priority. Each sessions begins with a thorough safety induction in relation to the activity being undertaken. Our guides are also fully qualified in Wilderness First Aid should the need arise.

Participants should note that any adventure travel involves a higher than normal risk and a signed release may be required from all participants before departure. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions regarding our liability disclosure.

We do highly recommend travel insurance for any outdoor adventure experiences.

Payment Terms:
Payment can be made via Credit Card (fees apply) & must be made at time of booking.  Cash is not accepted on the day. 

If you wish to pay via Paypal or Bank Transfer please contact us via DM, email or call 0408428923 as we will need to process manually.

Cancellation Policy: 
Strict 48hrs notice is required for refund. You are welcome to onsell your ticket if it falls within this time. The walk will only be cancelled in extreme weather conditions.

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Inclusions

What’s Included

  • Rottnest Ferry to/from
  • Rottnest Island Transfers
  • Guided hike on the Wadjemup Bidi trail network
  • Snorkel Hire (only if option is selected)
  • Bus transfers on island between some stops
  • Wadjemup Lighthouse Tour
  • Insurances
  • Photos posted on our Facebook Page
  • On going support through the She Seeks Adventure online forum

What to Bring

  • Hiking Pack, Plenty water, sturdy shoes, hiking poles optional
  • Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottle, camera
  • Bathers, Towel etc
  • Spending money for extras or souvenirs
  • Good sense of adventure and an open mind
  • Travel insurance*
  • Lunch and snacks for morning/afternoon tea
* Please ensure that you have adequate travel insurance to cover cancellations, lost property, medical evacuation, personal liability, lost deposits, etc.

Terms and Conditions

Please go to the following link to read our Terms and Conditions before making a booking. This includes information about our Cancellation Policy.

Down Under Discoveries Terms and Conditions