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Discover Rottnest with Ferry & Bus Tour from Perth or Fremantle

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Discover Rottnest with Ferry & Bus Tour from Perth or Fremantle

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Overview

Visit Perth’s favorite local getaway destination on a day trip to Rottnest Island, located just offshore in the Indian Ocean. Travel to Rottnest by high-speed ferry from either Perth or Fremantle (your choice), and then embark on a sightseeing tour of the island by coach. While you listen to narration from an informative guide, check out landmarks like the West End and Wadjemup Lighthouse. Then enjoy free time in the afternoon to explore the car-free island at your leisure. You may upgrade when booking to include lunch.
  • Day trip to Rottnest Island with coach tour, from Perth or Fremantle
  • If departing Perth, cruise down Swan River, past local landmarks and Millionaire’s Row
  • Listen to commentary from a guide as you circumnavigate the island by air-conditioned coach
  • See spectacular locations including Wadjemup Lighthouse and the West End
  • Upgrade to include lunch at Karma Rottnest
  • Spot the island’s famous marsupial, the quokka, and marine life such as dolphins and fur seals
  • Enjoy free time in the afternoon to explore at your leisure
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Round-trip ferry to Rottnest Island
90-minute coach tour
Local guide
Lunch (if option selected)
Rottnest Island Authority fee
Round-trip Swan River cruise (if departing from Perth)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Additional activities (bike, snorkel gear, surfboard or stand up paddleboard hire)

Departure Point

2 Barrack St, Perth WA 6000, Australia

Ferry departs Barrack Street at 8:45am. We recommend arriving 30 minutes before departure.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Departure Point

1 Peter Hughes Dr, Fremantle WA 6160, Australia

Ferry departs B Shed at 9:30am. We recommend arriving 30 minutes before departure.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Departure Point

1 Emma Place, Rous Head Rd, North Fremantle WA 6159, Australia

If you have selected a hotel pick up, please contact Rottnest Express directly to confirm your hotel pick up time.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
When booking, select your ferry departure location—either Perth or Fremantle—as well as the option to include lunch on the island, if you wish.

Your day trip starts with the high-speed ferry ride to Rottnest Island. If you’re departing Perth, cruise along the Swan River to Fremantle, where the river meets the Indian Ocean, to pick up more passengers for the ride across the water to Rotto, as it’s referred to by locals. When you arrive, hop aboard your coach for an island sightseeing tour.

Listen to commentary from your guide about the history, culture and wildlife of the island, known for its secluded beaches and its resident quokkas, small marsupials who call Rottnest home. As you circle the island, make stops at Wadjemup Lighthouse and the West End, where you can hop off to stroll down the boardwalk, admiring coastal views. Look for fur seals at Cathedral Rocks, and watch for the possible humpback whale, which might be seen from September to November.

When your tour ends at Thompson Bay, you are free to enjoy the island independently until it’s time to catch the ferry back to Perth. Perhaps rent a bike to check out one of the 63 beaches or 20 bays, go snorkeling or stand-up paddleboarding, or visit attractions like Lomas Cottage, Rottnest Island Museum or Pilot Boathouse. (Rentals, activities and entrance fees are at your own expense.) If you select the lunch upgrade, head to Karma Rottnest for a buffet of hot dishes, deli items, salads, desserts and beverages.

Your day trip then ends with the return ferry ride to Fremantle or Perth.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Swan River
Commentary along the Swan River
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Rottnest Express
Ferry transfer
Stop At:  
Wadjemup Lighthouse
5 minute stop at the Wadjemup Lighthouse
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Rottnest Island Visitor Centre
Information on Rottnest Island
Stop At:  
West End
15 minute stop to explore the west-end boardwalk
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 32 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Rottnest Express

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Discover Rottnest with Ferry & Bus Tour from Perth or Fremantle?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Discover Rottnest with Ferry & Bus Tour from Perth or Fremantle.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Discover Rottnest with Ferry & Bus Tour from Perth or Fremantle?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Discover Rottnest with Ferry & Bus Tour from Perth or Fremantle.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Discover Rottnest with Ferry & Bus Tour from Perth or Fremantle?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Discover Rottnest with Ferry & Bus Tour from Perth or Fremantle.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Discover Rottnest with Ferry & Bus Tour from Perth or Fremantle?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 32 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Discover Rottnest with Ferry & Bus Tour from Perth or Fremantle.

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Traveler Tips


  • "A great experience but be wary of the wind picking up in the afternoon." See review
  • "Easy option to then get the train back to Perth." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Awesome day
Louise_G
, Sep 2021
Seeing the Quokka’s up so close. They are so cute. It was an awesome day the staff were fabulous and very helpful
star-5
Trip to Rottnest
Richard_Shelbourn
, Jun 2021
Everything went really well with the bus trip around the island. The guide was very good…… friendly and knowledgeable. Our lunch at Karma was delicious…… very much recommended. Thank you.
star-4
Very enjoyable
Denise
, May 2021
Good way to see Rottnest. Tour guide very knowledgeable. Would have liked more opportunity of bus to take photos. If you like to take photos sit at window on left hand side of bus for best opportunity.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-4
Loved it
Deborah_D
, May 2021
Meeting the quokkas, the beautiful scenery and the bus trip. A beautiful island I definitely want to go back
star-3
holiday
Stella_L
, Mar 2021
spectacular scenery and seeing the Quokas.social distancing on the ferry was non existent which was not good in this covid environment
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
A great day out and experience
Robert_M
, Mar 2021
A well run tour, with great people providing a great experience. Special mention to Damian (Damo) who is brilliant, knowledgeable and entertaining. The ferry ride and bus tour were very safe and well managed
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Rottnest experience
Charmaine_S
, Jan 2021
The tour guide was so friendly and informative. The Island is spectacular and would recommend anyone to visit and do the tour.
star-5
Great day on Rottnest Island
Judy_WH
, Apr 2020
My sister and I had a wonderful day on Rottnest Island! The bus picked us up near our hotel and took us to the pier. The boat ride to the island was beautiful as we left the heart of Perth. We took the bus ride around the island to get our bearings and then after lunch, went back to one of the small beaches. Everything was handled well and we thoroughly enjoyed our day. We even saw several quokkas!
star-5
All of it.
Greg_L
, Mar 2020
Fantastic day had by my partner and I, the guide on the bus was very informative and had a great personality. I would recommend this tour to everyone.
star-5
Wonderful Ocean Views
Nobeachtown
, Mar 2020
Wonderful tour around the Island with knowledgeable tour guides. All the Volunteers on the Island are fabulous. Did not snorkel but the beaches were amazing.

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