Top Trail: Parker Point Snorkel Trail, Rottnest Island
Parker Point Marine Snorkel Trail is located on the southern side of Rottnest Island, a popular holiday destination off the coast of Perth. The trail features a number of plaques on the sea bed which allow you to read about the abundant flora and fish life in the area.
About the Trail
The are 12 interpretive plaques, which are detailed on a map before you enter the water. Each plaque has two handles to hang onto whilst you read the information about the surrounding marine life.
The water conditions are generally calm, clear and spectacular, allowing superb viewing of the vast array of marine plants and animals and the extensive coral reef.
As the water is a bit deeper and the swim area larger, the more experienced snorkeler would enjoy this trail, whilst less confident swimmers may prefer the snorkel trail at Little Salmon Bay.
Apart from the island bus, the main form of transport around the island is by bicycle. It is possible to ride around the island (26 kilometres) in half a day, but to enjoy the cycle stop off at some of the many pristine beaches along the way, including Parker Point.
With ferry operators running services from Hillarys Boat Harbour in the north, Fremantle in the South and Barrack Street Jetty in the city centre, Rottnest Island is easily accessible. The journey takes approximately 25 minutes from Fremantle, 45 minutes from Hillarys or 90 minutes from Perth's Barrack Street Jetty. Ferries run 365 days a year and are the most popular way for visitors to travel to the Island. However if that's not your style or if you just want to try something different you can also fly from Jandakot Airport in about 30 minutes.
Need to Know
Perth's idyllic island playground, Rottnest is just a short ferry ride from the mainland and a world away from city life. For such a tiny island, this car-free and carefree Class A reserve packs a lot of pleasure into a day. Getting to 'Rotto', as the locals affectionately call it, is a breeze. Just 19 kilometres off the coast, ferries depart regularly from Fremantle, Perth's Barrack Street Jetty and Hillarys Marina. You can opt to arrive in style by helicopter or air taxi, or even cruise across in your own boat. On its shores, 63 stunning beaches, 20 beautiful bays and many coral reefs and wrecks invite you to enjoy some of Australia's finest swimming spots, snorkel trails and surf breaks. And on dry land, you'll meet the cutest mini marsupial, found only in Western Australia, the world famous quokka, as well as many unique plant and animal species. With no cars on the roads, riding is the best way to get around, with bicycle hire available at the ferry terminals and on the island. If that's too much effort, you can hop on and off the Bayseeker Bus which regularly runs around the island, dropping you off at some of the more secluded beaches and surf breaks. More family fun in the form of golf, tennis, shopping and guided tours can be found in Thomson Bay, as well as cafes, restaurants and takeaway options. Tours on land and sea offer insightful experiences, from wildlife encounters with quokkas, seals, ospreys and whales, to history and cultural tours bringing Rottnest's colourful maritime, convict, colonial and World War II heritage vividly to life. A stroll through the main settlement is a journey back in time as you pass by some of the early colonial cottages, including the Salt Store and Lomas Cottage, dating back to the mid-1800s. Many of the grand buildings and quaint holiday cottages commissioned by Perth's Governor in the nineteenth century are still a favourite among holiday-makers today, including the restored Hotel Rottnest and beachside villas. Alternatively, the old barracks are a good budget option for camping and backpacking.
Rottnest Island Visitor Centre
Located at the end of the main jetty, Rottnest Island Western Australia 6161, Australia
Phone: (08) 9372 9730 | www.rottnestisland.com
The Rottnest Island Visitor Centre is located at the end of the jetty and is the first building seen when you arrive at picturesque Rottnest Island. The Visitor Centre is the check-in point for Rottnest Island cottages, villas, units, bungalows, cabins, camping and Kingstown Barracks, Youth Hostel and Governors Circle. The Rottnest Island Visitor Centre also allows convenient access for boat owners to pay daily or annual admission fees or to book and pay for rental moorings and jetty pens. They provide a one stop shop offering all the information you need to spend an inspired and enjoyable time on Rottnest Island. A range of maps and brochures detailing the island’s environment, history, services, tours, and attractions are available, while helpful staff can take bookings for bus, train and walking tours on the island. The Rottnest Island Visitor Centre is open 8.00am to 5.00pm every day.