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WA Rottnest Field Trip

Sunday, 15 August, 2021 @ 8:20 am - 4:00 pm (Australia/Perth time)

$80.00 – $160.00

Guest Speaker(s): Chris Elders

Chris Elders is Professor of Petroleum Geology at Curtin University.  Having spent time at Oxford, in Shell and at Royal Holloway (University of London), he has enjoyed spending the last 5 years helping to unravel the complex evolution of Australia’s continental margins.

Rottnest bicycle field trip Sunday 15th August

Professor Chris Elders will be leading a keen bunch of field trippers on a bicycle tour of Rottnest, taking in sights at Salmon point, Fairbridge Bluff, the light house, Mt Herschell Quarry, and Geordie bay.

This will be a circular route, with a scenic stop to eat out packed lunches (please bring your own) and return back to the settlement in time for a beer in the pub before the ferry returns to Perth.

Rottnest Island is a Class A Reserve (R 16713). Within the reserve are nine State Geoheritage Sites with geological features considered to be either unique or of outstanding scientific and educational value within Western Australia.

Rottnest Island tells the story of sea-level change over the last 140 000 years— when the sea was both higher and lower.
Most of the island is Tamala Limestone, formed from coastal wind-blown sand dunes that built up when sea level was 130 metres below today’s level, and the coast was 12 kilometres west of the island. Today the coast is 20 km to the east! From the lighthouse at Wadjemup Hill you can see younger, high-relief, steep-sided limestone dunes sitting on top of older, low-relief limestone dunes.


Please note that for insurance reasons this trip is only open to members. If you are not currently a member you will need to sign up before booking.



Members:                     $160

Students:                       $80

Note: This price is for the instruction only. It does not include ferry fares, bike hire or lunch. These need to be arranged separately at your own cost.

Getting there:

The trip begins at 0820 at the signpost outside the visitors centre at the entrance to the pier.  However you travel you must be at this meeting point, with your bicycle by this time.

If you are coming over on the ferry for the day, the recommended ferries are:

depart from time arrive to time depart from time arrive to time list price bike hire bike freight
Rottnest express Freo B shed 0730 Rottnest 0800 Rottnest 1600 Freo B shed 1640 $70.50 $30.00 $15.00
Sealink Freo B shed 0700 Rottnest 0730 Rottnest 1600 Freo B shed 1635 $65.50 $30.00 $15.00
Rottnest fast ferries Hillaries 0730 Rottnest 0815 Rottnest 1630 Hillaries 1715 $87.50 $30.00 $15.00

Various discounts are available on ferry bookings through certain memberships (RAC, HBF, entertainment book etc)



Sunday, 15 August, 2021
8:20 am - 4:00 pm
(Australia/Perth time)
$80.00 – $160.00
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    Rottnest Island
    Rottnest Island Visitors centre, 1 Henderson Ave,
    Rottnest Island, WA 6161 Australia
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