Home' Perth Guide : Perth Guide Vol 2 Jan Mar 2013 Contents ROTTNEST
Natural beauty, an A-class reserve of coastal heathland, pink salt
lakes, marine sanctuaries and turquoise waters... it’s no wonder
Rottnest is WA’s favourite island playground.
Find your own private slice of paradise
on Rotto with 63 beaches and 20 bays
to choose from.
GEORDIE BAY &
Although its one of
family haunts, the pace
of life at this northern
end of the island is laid-
back and breezy. The
sweeping sandy beach
and sheltered waters
make for excellent
swimming, there’s a
tennis court and, of
course, the home-
cooked goodness of
Geordie Bay Cafe.
make this bay the
obvious choice for
by buoys and flanked
by information plaques,
the underwater snorkel
trail lets you swim
amongst the colourful
For the millitary
Hill holds the two
9.2 -inch guns and a
maze of underground
tunnels that form a
significant part of our
WWII history. It’s a
long hike up the hill,
so if you’re going
to take the kids, we
suggest biking to the
Station and taking the
scenic train to the top.
Ranked as one of
the best 50 surfs in
the world, it’s a great
reef break, going left
and right. Perfect for
beginners, take care as
it can get crowded.
The main hub of Rotto,
take a stroll down
Vincent Way and soak
up Rotto’s colonial past,
with its heritage-listed
cottages, once home
pilot boat crews and
prison wardens. The
bakery still serves
up some of the best
pies and jam donuts
around, and the surf
store stocks some great
labels, perfect for a
new set of bathers or
a kaftan to throw over
those new bathers.
Barrack Street Jetty
and take 90 minutes;
from Hillarys Boat
Harbour, the trip
takes 45 minutes;
or you can catch
the ferry from
or Rous Head),
which takes only
must rent a mooring
from the Rottnest
only – flights from
take just 12 minutes.
Head to the rugged western point for sweeping views.
Look out for whales, dolphins, mutton-bird nests, skinks
and New Zealand fur seals. Along the Vlamingh Heritage
Trail, spot Fairy Terns or Wedge-Tailed Shearwaters.
Biking – the most efficent, and the most fun way to get
around Rotto. Hire a cargo trailer (yes, the ones that
fit kids) for a perfect carry-all for your picnic basket,
snorkelling gear, towels, wetsuits, and anything else that
you may need to carry. Hire or bring your own bike lock,
as many a bike has been stolen in a late-night drunken
rampage around Rotto, and you do not want to have to
search 50 kilometres of trails to find it in the morning!
Charter a boat and watch the sun dip over the horizon
from the water’s edge. With chilled beverages and nibbles,
enjoy the secluded bays, dip your toes in the water or
simply take in Rotto’s awesome sunset views.
The inflatable floating water park (Just 4 Fun
Aqua) in Thomson Bay is not just for kids,
you know. Splash and slip down the slides
and sea-saws, go through the obstacles and
jump on the trampolines.
There are underwater snorkel trails at Parker
Point, Little Salmon Bay and Kingstown reef,
fantastic for exploring the many species of
fish and coral in the waters.
The tennis courts at Bathurst Point, Geordie
Bay and Kingstown Barracks are all free to
use, so make sure you pack those racquets.
Go to the Visitor Centre before you cast
your first line, and grab a copy of the
Recreation and Sanctuary Zones Map, so
you know exactly where, and how much you
can fish. Enforcements are strict in Rotto!
Did you know?
Vincent Way is the oldest continuously
inhabited streetscape in Australia. The
cottages date back to the 1840s, and are
now heritage listed.
Boats at Parker Point.
Vincent Way (photography
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