More nature-based tourism at Rottnest Island

Rottnest Voluntary Guides at Cathedral Rock. Photo: Lyn Williamson.
Rottnest Voluntary Guides at Cathedral Rock. Photo: Lyn Williamson.

IF getting up close and personal with Quokkas and enjoying picturesque scenery is your thing, the Rottnest Voluntary Guides are now running a range of new environment-focused tours.

With a noticeable increase in interest for nature-based tourism, Rottnest Voluntary Guides training coordinator Peter Creighton said the guides had responded by providing more tours and activities featuring the island’s natural environment.

“We are finding that people want to see and learn more about island’s wildlife such as the quokkas and the fur-seals,” he said.

“There is also greater interest in environmental change and sustainability, so we are offering more tours with that focus.

“We have recently begun walking tours from Parker Point that highlight the coastal environment and the changes that have occurred to it over time.

“We also have guides stationed at the island’s West End, to help visitors appreciate the natural attractions that can be seen there such as New Zealand fur-seals, bottlenose dolphins, migrating whales and ospreys.”

The guides are also looking for more members to join their ranks.

People wanting to become a guide are required to take a training course that runs from February to May each year.

More on the 2019 training course can be found online at www.rvga.asn.au/training.php or by attending an information evening at the Dalkeith Nedlands Bowling Club on November 27 from 7pm.