Relax on Salmon Bay
The Wardan Nara Bidi was funded by Rottnest Foundation working in partnership with BHP Billiton.
Wardan Nara Bidi begins with a gradual climb up the hillside behind Parker Point. The slight increase in energy exertion is well worth it, as the views from the top are spectacular. There is a strategically placed bench at this spot to allow you to catch your breath and take in the incredible 180° views along the south coast of the Island. Continue on and explore Parker Point and Little Salmon Bay. Both of these bays are protected and prove very popular snorkelling spots.
In 2011 the old ablution block at Parker Point was removed as it was deemed environmental unacceptable due to concerns regarding leaching of nutrients into the bay and the risk of collapse due to dune erosion. Its footprint rehabilitated and revegetated. A new composting toilet was installed to replace it which utilises an effluent disposal system that has a self-contained ‘closed system’ meaning that there is no external discharge of nutrient and is therefore environmentally friendly.
From Parker Point, stroll along Salmon bay, drinking in the sprawling turquoise waters.
Completed in 2015, is the formal development of coastal access at Fairbridge Bluff, thanks to a Coastwest grant from the Western Australian Planning Commission. This grant project was submitted in collaboration between the Rottnest Island Authority, Rottnest Foundation & Rottnest Society. The area was extremely eroded and the construction of a new low impact set of beach access stairs has greatly reduced the increasing erosion issues caused by human impacts.
The network of adhoc trails leading to the beach has been revegetated with 2900 plants and brushed, aiding to reduce erosion. The new formalised access and single trail alignment easily directs people down to the beach. The stairs and revegetation will allow the area to stabilise, increasing the value of the flora in the area, and prevent any further habitat loss for local fauna.
This project incorporated construction of a small lookout for visitors to enjoy watching the surfers that frequent the area. Interpretive signage gives visitors an appreciation of the international geological significance of the area from a European and Aboriginal perspective. A crank handle audio sign has been installed that relays the Aboriginal story Nyitiny Nyitiny (how Wadjemup separated from the mainland) told by a local Whadjuk knowledge holder, Barry McGuire.
After Fairbridge, use the Wardan Nara Bidi to cross over land to Oliver Hill!
The military history of Rottnest is marvellous. Experience newly restored World War II guns and dare to venture down in to the tunnels. The trail links Oliver Hill to Wadjemup Lighthouse. The Rottnest Voluntary guides are on duty 365 days a year at both of these sites and for a small fee will take you on a fabulous informative tour. Dive in to the depths of the tunnels at Oliver Hill, and then climb to the top of the Wadjemup Lighthouse, which is the highest point on the Island. The 360° views from the top are worth the 155 step climb! Please note that these buildings can only be entered accompanied by a voluntary guide.
Heading on west, across the Rottnest borefields, you will find yourself at the world class surf break known as ‘Strickos’, on Strickland Bay. The trail then meanders through the Acacia scrub and pops out on to the craggy limestone shelves along Strickland Bay.
Reaching Narrow Neck you can decide to continue your journey west, or to explore the north coast on the Karlinyah Bidi.