"Coves and beaches" Rottnest Island Things to Do Tip by akikonomu

Rottnest Island Things to Do: 134 reviews and 234 photos

  The Basin
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  • The Basin - Rottnest Island
      The Basin
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  • View along route (The Basin to jetty) - Rottnest Island
      View along route (The Basin to jetty)
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Around the island are numerous coves and beaches for swimming and snorkeling. All of them can be reached by bike and the tourist bus, although some spots are within walking distance from the jetty. My opinoin about the beaches of the island and how to reach there.

South of jetty (Little Salmon Bay): About 4.5km from jetty, terrain hilly but not tough for biking, too far to walk. Beautiful rough seas combined with jagged rocks and cliffs, and seaweed floating in the sea. Probably waves are too high for swimming. Very desolated, wouldn't want to swim there alone. Fantastic photography spot - green, blue, purple.

South West of Island (West End): another 6km from Little Salmon Bay, terrain difficult for biking at some spots, wouldn't think of walking. Cape Vlamingh (eastern-most cliff of island) only reachable by foot and bike from the Roland Smith Memorial bus stop (3.2km), wouldn't want to be stuck here after the bus service stops.

North West of island (Catherine Bay, Little Armstrong Bay, North Point): 3km stretch, about 3 km from jetty. Absolutely gorgeous sea, not sure if it's good for swimming. Probably can take the bus to Catherine Bay stop and stroll to North Point to catch the next bus in 1 hours time.

North of island (Geordie Bay, The Basin): 1.5km from jetty, no problem walking to main settlement of island. Many bathers from chalets at the Basin, not a shabby spot for taking photos and definitely a secure place to swim and play on the beach (seas not too rough, and many people around). Good biking route too.

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  • Written Oct 15, 2005
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