Rottnest Island Road Biking

6 h to 11 h
2 h to 5 h
2 h to 5 h
3 h to 5 h 30 min

27.6 km

↑ 222 m
↓ -222 m

Easy track
Starting from Pedal & Flipper on Bedford Avenue, Thomson Bay Settlement, this road biking circuit takes you around Rottnest Island via Parker Point Road, Bovell Highway and Digby Drive. Just thirty minutes west by express ferry from Fremantle lies the beautiful island of Rottnest. With pristine white-sand beaches, tranquil swimming bays and vibrant reefs, Rottnest Island is one of Western Australia's most popular travel destinations. The island is home to colonies of Australian sea lions and southern fur seals and is also well known for its population of quokkas, a small native marsupial found in very few other locations. Many of the island's buildings date from the colonial period, often made from locally quarried limestone, and are now used as accommodation for holidays. The main settlement at Thomson Bay has the best food and drink options with the famous Rottnest Bakery, Rottnest Hotel and a raft of food options in the main mall. Outside of the main settlement, the only places that sell food and drinks are Geordies Cafe at Geordie Bay and Pinky's Beach Club near Bathurst Lighthouse. Rottnest has a loop road linking up the main parts of the island, with a bus running frequently during the day and bus stops at regular intervals. Cars are not allowed on the island, and most visitors either walk or ride bicycles. Cycling is a scenic way to see the island, and you can hire a bike there or bring your own. From Thomson Bay, the cycling path passes Kingstown, then cruises along the southern end of the island, passing Porpoise Bay and Salmon Bay. There are optional detours to Wadjemup Lighthouse and Mary Cove on the way to Cape Vlamingh, the southwestern tip of the island. Pedalling on from Cape Vlamingh, the cycling path heads along the northern end of the island, passing Stark Bay, Catherine Bay, Parakeet Bay, and Geordie Bay. The path continues past the Rottnest Island Golf Course, leading back to Thomson Bay to complete the loop. The island is well signposted, maps are readily available and the roads are relatively flat, with some short hills. Rottnest Island is only 11km long, suitable for cyclists of any level to explore at least a good portion of the island within a single day. With plenty of options to explore and breathtaking ocean views along the way, cycling around Rottnest Island is an excellent adventure. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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