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Segways land on Rottnest Island
Rottnest segway tour guide Owen Williams leading a group through the island army barracks. Picture: Michael O'Brien/The West Australian

The segway revolution has crossed Gage Roads and landed on Rottnest Island.

Just months after setting up business alongside the Bell Tower on the city riverfront, Segway Tours WA has expanded its operations to include WA's premier holiday island.

And Rottnest Island Authority chief executive Paolo Amaranti got a first-hand look at what they had to offer when he took his family on a segway tour on New Year's Day. "It's fantastic," Mr Amaranti said.

"I think the tours will give many visitors a unique perspective of the island.

"It is a great addition to the Rottnest experience."

The 60 and 90-minute tours are based at the Kingstown Barracks and take visitors to many of the former military sites on the south-east corner of the island.

Co-owner Owen Williams said the segways were designed for off-road use, which allows the tours to explore dirt tracks and pathways.

"We can show visitors parts of Rottnest they are likely to have not seen before," he said.

"Rottnest has so much natural beauty and we are excited to be taking people to the previously hard-to-explore corners of the island."

Priced at $89 and $129, the tours run four times a day.

Kent Acott

The West Australian

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