Tour ID: 10054298
Rottnest Island is Western Australia's most beautiful little island and is just 18 Kilometres off the Perth coastline. Visit this beautiful piece of paradise and experience the history of the island on the Train and Tunnel Tour, as well as spend some time exploring the islands crystal clear waters, sandy white beaches and unique flora and fauna.
You’ll start this engaging tour from Hillarys Boat Harbour on the 10am ferry service, with free car parking facilities available. Alternatively, a courtesy coach will pick you up from selected accommodations in Perth, Northbridge or Sunset Coast at approximately 9.00 am daily. You will enjoy a delicious morning tea at the Zing Café. After you make your way to the luxury ocean cruiser with its licensed bar facilities, refreshments and snacks, pick out your perfect spot to sit and while away your time on the tranquillity of the ocean.
There’s so much to do on Rottnest. The heritage train runs through the inland to the old Oliver Hill military installation and utilises the old narrow-gauge railway track that was installed by the army in the 1930’s to the 1960’s. These small trains were used to transport ammunition, food and other supplies to the military facilities around this amazing island.
Unfortunately, the original train was retired a few years ago, but a perfect replica of the heritage rail-car is an ideal and charming way to get around. With introductions from your driver and a little tinkle on the rail-car bell, it’s off you’ll go, chuffing and rumbling over the railroad tracks. You’ll merrily travel past a series of fascinating Rottnest landmarks and landscapes, that include the airport, the pristine salt lakes and offers a great view of the coast from various spectacular vantage points. Plenty of opportunity presents itself to take perfect photos through the big picture windows.
Travelling along for about half an hour, you’ll stop at the old Oliver Hill gun battery, which was installed during World War II as protection for the mainland from a possible naval attack from the Japanese. A pleasing fact is that the battery never got to fire a shot in combat and this fantastic historical site is one of the best-preserved in Australia. The massive 9.2-inch diameter gun on display – as well as the spooky tunnel system that forms a fascinating part of Rottnest’s military heritage – will delight young and old. Whether a military buff or just looking for an interesting time, this is sure to capture the imagination.
You will partake in a perfectly presented and prepared buffet lunch at the Rottnest Lodge, plus kick back and relax for a 90-minute discovery bus tour with an informative commentary, which takes you to all the nooks and crannies on this unique piece of paradise. Keep your eyes open for the magnitude of local native wildlife and magnificent scenery and immerse yourself in its beauty.
After a rejuvenating day you’ll arrive back at Hillarys Boat Harbour at around 5:15 pm.
Full day tour host
Morning tea at Hillarys Boat Harbour
Return ferry transfers
Two hour Train & Tunnel tour
Lunch at Rottnest Lodge
Refreshments and snacks are available for purchase on board.
The vessel is fully licensed.
Approximately 7.5 hours.
10:00 AM Daily
Departing Hillarys Boat Harbour on the 10am ferry.
FREE parking available.
Courtesy coach pick up from selected hotels in the city, Northbridge and the Sunset Coast also available upon request for the 10am Ferry Service. Transfers must be pre-booked and will be at least 1 hour prior to ferry departure. Please see the following link for tentative transfer times: https://www.dropbox.com/s/5g4mxhxc7tibsd7/Day%20Return%20Ticket%201617%20Pickups.pdf?dl=0
Please ensure you show your printed voucher at our ticket office at least 30mins prior to departure.
For those self-driving, free parking is available at Hillarys Boat Harbour. Just take the Mitchell Freeway north until you reach the Hepburn Avenue exit. Turn left and follow this to the end where you will reach the entrance to the Harbour. Turn left into the entrance and follow this around to the Harbour Resort Apartments. Park in the large car-park out the front and you will find our office on the right hand side.
We suggest casual clothing such as shorts and T-shirts during the day, as well as a hat and sunglasses.
Child ticket prices apply to children between the ages of 4 and 12 years inclusive.
Toddlers (aged 2 and 3) Infants (U2) can be added as an optional extras when booking.
All children must be pre-booked.
Please note that the Island Admission fee is payable directly at check in:
Adults/Seniors/Students $18.50 (increases to $19 from 1 July 2019)
Please ensure you check in at our office with a printed copy of this voucher 30mins prior to departure.
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