Top Trail:  Gabbi Karniny Bidi, Rottnest Island

Need to Know

  • Time

    3 - 4 hours
  • Distance

    Gabbi Karniny Bidi is a 9.7km loop. You can also continue on up to Wadjemup Lighthouse by crossing Pink Lake Road and following the 1.5km trail up though the centre of the Island.
  • Trail Start (Loop)

    Rottnest Island Visitors Centre, Rottnest Island, 18km from Western Australia Mainland.
  • Trail End

    Rottnest Island Visitors Centre, Rottnest Island, 18km from Western Australia Mainland.
  • Degree of Difficulty

     Grade 4 - Bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited.

    Some uneven surfaces and seasonal access to beaches. Please use roads to by-pass these sections in adverse conditions.

  • What to Pack?

    +water +snorkelling equipment +food

    Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails) required.  Show Pack

  • Best Time of the Year

    All year round
  • Facilities

    Water available ONLY in Thomson Bay and Geordie Bay - ensure you fill up water bottles before leaving . Toilets available in Thomson Bay, Geordie Bay and The Basin. Shops are situated in Thomson Bay and Geordie Bay. Bins and recycling points are situated at most bus stops, please take all litter with you.

    • BBQ Facilities
    • Bicycles Prohibited
    • Cafe
    • Camping
    • Lockers
    • Picnic Area
    • Public Toilet
    • Shaded Area
    • Sheltered Area
    • Shop
    • Toilet Facilities for Disabled
    • View Platform
    • Visitor Information Centre
    • Water Access Points
  • Fees

    Visitor Fees are included in ferry travel. If you are travelling by private vessel you can pay online at or come in to the visitors centre at the Main Jetty on the Island.
  • Hazards & Warnings

    Be aware there are poisonous snakes on Rottnest Island. The Dugite (Pseudonaja affinis) is a timid creature, but may bite if trod on or harrassed. Seek immediate medical assistance. Be aware of unstable rocky outcrops; always stick to the trail.
  • Prohibited Items

    No pets. No bikes on trail (Bikes are encouraged on the Island, but not on the walking trails). No Camping or open fires.
  • Access to the Trail

    Ferry - Departing Perth/Fremantle ( or or Hillarys Boat Harbour (
  • Download KML

    Download KML File (Disclaimer applies)

  • Trail Contact

    DBCA - Rottnest Island Authority
    Telephone: (08) 9432 9300
    Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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