Fays Bay is a small secluded beach on the north side of Rottnest Island. It is right in the middle of the Longreach-Geordie Settlement, on the cliffy headland of Point Clune in between Geordie Bay from Longreach Bay.
This beautiful Rottnest beach is a popular spot to swim and relax in the sun because it’s so close to the cottages, but even when the beach is busy it still feels peaceful.
Sheltered Fays Bay
The beach faces north-east and is backed by dunes and a limestone ridge, sheltering it perfectly from the south-westerly winds.
Almost every day during summer, a sea breeze starts blowing around midday from the south west. If you’re one of those people who don’t enjoy the beach when it’s windy with choppy water, then Fays Bay will be a warm, tranquil haven for you on summer afternoons when most other beaches around the island get too windy.
The water at Fays Bay is clear and calm. It’s a good safe spot for little kids to paddle around and swim.
But most of the bay is filled with seaweed and seagrasses. The weed is close to the surface when the tide is low, and it feels weird to swim over it. Luckily there are a few clear patches with deeper water free from seaweed.
When I was younger I always used to swim out to the small flat rock close to shore in the middle of the bay. My cousin and I liked to climb up and sit on it for some reason. We found an orange starfish on it a couple of times.
Snorkeling at Fays Bay
Reefs almost completely enclose Fays Bay, providing plenty of shelter from the waves and some decent snorkeling. For a short easy snorkel in shallower water, head out to the area just behind the small flat rocks sticking out of the water. If you’d not to swim over shallow seaweed then swim around one of the edges of the bay first. In the middle of the bay behind the rocks you’ll be swimming over seaweed and seagrasses and tumbled boulders, a habitat for lots of fish.
If you want to go out a bit further and see more of the reef, snorkel out to the outer reefs near the big seastack that looks like an owl, or swim to the left around Point Clune and you’ll be sure to see some interesting fish and other reef-life.
For a shorter snorkel around these deeper reefs avoiding backtracking, walk along the rocks to the left of the beach. You’ll find a few places where the rocks are close to the water’s edge and you can plunge straight into a reef pool or gutter. From there you can follow the reefs back to the beach or around to the other side of the bay.
You can also try swimming to the right around Longreach Point, but it’s not as good as Point Clune, especially in the corner of Longreach Bay, where the water tends to be a bit stagnant.
Beware the stingers! You’re usually fine if you swim close to the shoreline, but I’ve never been snorkeling around the outer reefs of Fays Bay without encountering a swarm of stingers. I strongly advise you to cover up with a wet suit or boardies and a t-shirt.
The Fays Bay Cottages – Numbers 850 to 865
These cottages are on the road that loops around from the Geordie Bay General Store to the road behind the cottages and villas of Longreach Bay. Although they’re are quite high up, on top of the limestone hill behind Fays Bay, many don’t have sea views.
The beach at Fays Bay is hidden from view beneath the hill, but some of the cottages have ocean glimpses across Longreach, or quite good views down to Geordie Bay.
If the lack of ocean view doesn’t bother you, these cottages do have some advantages. I’ve stayed in them 4 or 5 times over the years and enjoyed having 3 different Rottnest Island beaches and the general store all within a minute’s walk of my accommodation. I also enjoy walking around the cliffs and rocks on Point Clune, my favourite place on the island from which to watch the sunset.
Where is Fays Bay and how do you get there?
Fays Bay is an easy bike ride (about 10 minutes) or a longish walk from the main settlement and ferry jetty at Thompson Bay. You can get there by either by heading north then west along the coast via The Basin, or west then north through the salt lakes via Digby Drive and Geordie Bay Road.
The nicest and most scenic way to get there is to follow the coast around Bathurst Point then walk along the beaches of Pinky Beach, The Basin and Longreach Bay.
Fays Bay is right in between Geordie and Longreach Bays. You’ll easily find it if you head north from the round-about next to the Geordie Bay shops onto Hydroflyte Loop, then turn left onto the wide limestone track that leads down the hill and alongside Fays Bay.
The image below shows the location of Fays Bay in between Geordie Bay to the west and Longreach Bay to the east.
Last Updated: 22nd March, 2016.
First posted on 8th January, 2014 by Bonny.
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