Little Salmon Bay

Rottnest Island

Directions - Little Salmon Bay is found on the south side of Rottnest Island on the Parker Point Loop road. Getting out there can be done by bike (head south from the main settlement and follow the signs past the airport) or if you are taking the Island Explorer Bus then get off at Stop #6, which is right in front of the beach.

The Snorkel - Summer in Perth usually means a break from the hiking adventures as the weather warms up, the UV skyrockets and the flies gather in huge numbers (usually around your face). Getting your outdoors fix usually means swapping the hiking boots for snorkel fins and heading to your local beach. With that in mind the perfect summer destination in Perth is located 20km offshore and is home to some of the best snorkelling spots in the metro area. Rottnest Island is popular for a reason and with great midweek ferry deals it's a fun escape for those who loves the outdoors with plenty of cycling, hiking, snorkelling and kayaking options.

Having completed all the hiking trails on the excellent Wadjemup Bidi I had been meaning to take in the snorkelling trails on my next visit to Rottnest. In what is becoming an annual event, the birthday celebrations for Aron (aka 1A1R) were to be a trip somewhere and he settled on a day at Rottnest Island for 2019. With no one else keen to take a Tuesday off work and join it was just Aron, Jen and I venturing over on the early ferry for a day of activities. I had suggested we check out some snorkelling spots in the morning before the wind picked up (and so I could have more content for the website), so after a morning coffee at the bakery we set off on our bikes. Some of us chose to take the more scenic option of walking in parts (especially the hills) but soon had finished the 5km cycle to the Parker Point/Little Salmon Bay region of Rottnest. Having visited Little Salmon Bay on a previous trip to walk the Wardan Nara Bidi, I was looking forward to finally checking it out from an underwater perspective.

 

Luckily there were only a few people at Little Salmon Bay when we parked up our bikes and with beautiful sunny weather in abundance we set about getting out gear out. One funny scene that was happening down in the water was a young girl doing her best Instagram influencer poses while he friend took pictures from different angles. Young people these days... Given we were far from young and not Instagram influencers we clumsily put on our snorkelling gear and acclimatised to the cool waters. The first part of the trail follows the limestone reef that hugs the cliffs and in the shallows here we immediately spotted plenty of fish including the most common of the bigger fish, the Western Buffalo Bream. I always enjoy seeing the bream as they look so happy and are usually pretty curious about what you're doing. Moving at a pretty slow pace, checking out the various nooks and channels of the reef, it became a little crowded at times because Jen had forgotten her contacts/glasses so was trying to keep close to either Aron or myself due to her blindness.