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Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island

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Maley Street, Thomson Bay, 6161

The Basics

The car-free shores of Rottnest Island lend themselves well to a guided island tour, and it’s possible to check off the highlights on a day trip from Perth. Pedal your way around the shores on a bike tour, stopping at attractions such as Wadjemup Lighthouse, Henrietta Rocks, Oliver Hill, and Cathedral Rocks; or set sail around the island on a snorkeling or whale-watching cruise.

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Rottnest Island Round-Trip Ferry from Perth or Fremantle
Rottnest Island Round-Trip Ferry from Perth or Fremantle
star-4.5
$57.28 per adult
Traveler Favorite
What a way to spend Sunday.
Great ferry service - hop on hop off bus excellent - lunch at Thomsons - seeing the quokkas of course and lots of walking around the sights - ferry trip home and being able to catch an earlier ferry. Staff members so quick to collect rubbish (coffee cups etc) on the trip. Price very reasonable. An all round excellent day. Thank you
Teena_W, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Perth

star-5
Amazing customer service...
Stephen_B, Aug 2021
Rottnest Island Bike & Ferry Package from Fremantle
Amazing customer service from booking our package to our return back to Fremantle .All the staff on seabreez charters are a great group of guys . Thanks so much for our amazing day on Rottnest Island .
star-5
Stunning Day
Marjory_G, May 2021
Rottnest Island Bike & Ferry Package from Fremantle
What an excellent day at Rottnest Island doing the bike ride. Stunning scenery and would do it again.
star-5
Great day
Catherine_P, May 2021
Experience Rottnest with Ferry & Bike Hire from Perth or Fremantle
Great commentary, clean ferry, interesting sightseeing. Island was great fun, rode bikes which gave freedom and choice about where to ride. Beautiful beach alcoves, great bakery and general store. Wish the clothing shop had some larger sizes as I would have liked to buy something to support the island.
star-5
Fantastic !!!
Steve_P, Apr 2021
Experience Rottnest with Ferry & Bike Hire from Perth or Fremantle
Great service, very understanding during the recent Covid lockdown. Don’t miss this activity if you have a spare day in Perth.
star-4
Poor lead-up information
Gabrielle_J, Oct 2021
Rottnest Island All-Inclusive Grand Island Tour from Fremantle
The tour was great but the information about where to go and what to do beforehand left us a bit lost initially.
star-5
Rottnest tour
Meletia_G, Oct 2021
Discover Rottnest with Ferry & Bus Tour from Perth or Fremantle
From the ferry ride from Perth to the bus trip around Rottnest and the ferry trip back to Perth...it was all great. Damo was very informative and a great guide.
star-5
Discovery bus tour - highly recommended
Deltainmonschau, Oct 2021
Discover Rottnest with Ferry & Bus Tour from Perth or Fremantle
The whole process was quite easy. The discovery bus tour was informative - highly recommended for first time visitors. We booked the Perth return but got off at Freo, which was nice. It would be great if we are provided with times for the other tours on the island so that we can organise our free time a bit better.
star-4
Well worth seeing 😊
Marion_T, Oct 2021
Rottnest Island Round-Trip Ferry from Perth or Fremantle
Good trip loved hearing about the history. The Bus trip around the island gave a great overall explanation of the island. The history as many times was sad and is an important part of the island
star-5
Amazing time!
Kiara_S, Sep 2021
Rottnest Island Bike, Snorkel & Ferry Package from Fremantle
We rode 31km around the island and saw snakes, lizards, seals, ospreys and quokkas- it was amazing! Highly recommend :)
star-5
Great trip
Jolandi_G, Sep 2021
Rottnest Island Round-Trip Ferry from Perth or Fremantle
The quokkas and baby Joey’s. Nice weather and the hop on hop off was nice. Will go back in the futuer
star-5
Quokka Ville
Michelle_HS, Jun 2021
Fremantle to Rottnest Island Roundtrip Ferry Ticket
We had a great trip to Quokkamollee Island. The ferry was great. We loved the delicious Quokka Burgers.
star-5
Happy Customer
Deanne_M, Apr 2021
Adventure Rottnest Tour with Ferry & Adventure Cruise from Perth or Fremantle
It was an amazing trip got to see so much and found out so much as well seeing the Fur seals was good and the actual boat trip was great

Things to Know Before You Go

  • There is no public transport on the island, and the only way to get around is by tour bus or rental bike.

  • Cell phone coverage can vary throughout Rottnest Island, but free Wi-Fi hotspots are dotted around the island.

  • Kayak, paddleboard, and bike hire is available at the Rottnest Island Visitor Centre.

  • Most boat cruises, accommodation options, and ferries on the island are wheelchair accessible, but it’s best to confirm in advance.

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How to Get There

Rottnest Island is located off the coast of Western Australia, 11 miles (18 kilometers) from Perth in the Indian Ocean. Ferries run from Hillarys Boat Harbour north of Perth (around a 45-minute journey), from Fremantle to the south (25 minutes), or from the Barrack Street Jetty in the city center (90 minutes). The closest airport is Perth, which offers regular flights to Sydney, Melbourne, and other Australian cities.

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When to Get There

Blessed with a Mediterranean-style climate, Rottnest Island has sunshine and warm waters year-round. The most popular time to visit is during Australia’s summer (December-February), when tours, ferries, and accommodation can be more expensive and advance bookings are advised. Alternatively, a winter (June-November) visit can save money and avoid crowds; it’s also the best time to spot humpback whales on their annual migration.

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Wildlife Watching on Rottnest Island

Look out for Rottnest’s famous quokkas on a guided wildlife-watching tour, spot humpback and southern right whales during their annual migration, or look out for wedge-tailed shearwaters and ospreys along the West End boardwalk. Other common sightings include New Zealand fur seals, white-striped freetail bats, marbled geckos, green turtles, and numerous exotic birds, including banded stilts, crested terns, and red-capped plovers.

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