Exploring Rottnest Island, Western Australia

Visit Rottnest Island – A top spot to get away, relax and explore Rottnest Island lies just 19km off the coast of Western Australia with a paradise holiday feel.

With stunning picturesque scenery, dazzling marine life, the infamous Australian Marsupial, the Quokka, and some of the world’s finest beaches and pristine bays, it is no wonder that locals and visitors alike can’t get enough of this island hotspot!

Enjoy activities such as cycling, walking trails, museums, cruises, snorkeling, sky-diving and more – all in the relaxed style of the island. Or simply take the time to appreciate the stunning beaches and natural beauty of this idyllic holiday destination. Rottnest Island is an easy ferry ride, boat ride or short flight from easily accessible locations nearby to Perth.

Things To Do On Rottnest Island


Nature & Wildlife:
Rottnest Island is a protected nature reserve, which is home to the Quokka, many birdlife species, spectacular flora, abundant unique marine life and wildlife. With just over 135 species of vibrant tropical fish and 20 species of coral, exploring below the water is an amazing underwater experience.

Spectacular Beaches:
Rottnest Island beaches feature pure white sand and crystal clear blue waters and are popular for sunbathers, swimmers, surfers and snorkelers. “The Basin” is arguably the most popular beach because of its shallow reef platform and gentle waves.

Things to Do:
Activities abound on Rottnest Island. From cycling, surfing, exploring by Segway, golf, fishing and kyaking to lawn-bowls, mini golf, walking trails and so much more; there is something for all ages and stages. Alternatively, simply enjoy being pampered at the Rottnest Island Karma Spa.

Getting Around on Rottnest Island

Being a small island (only 11km long and 4.5km wide), it is easy to explore, with a number of great trails to follow.

By Bike:
On Rottnest Island, bikes are the easiest way to get around. You have the option of bringing your own bike on the ferry or renting a bicycle on the island.

By Bus:
The Island Explorer is a hop-on/hop-off service which runs daily and with 18 stops on the agenda. It can take you to many of the secluded bays and secret hideaways located around the island. Day passes for this service can be purchased from the Rottnest Island Visitors Centre.

Tours:
You can also book a variety of tours from the Island Visitor Centre, including historic train journeys, lighthouse tours, underwater explorations, Segway Tours, skydiving, and glass bottom boat rides.

On Foot:
There are free guided walking tours or simply take a stroll wherever you want to go.

Getting to Rottnest Island

By Boat:
Taking your own boat to Rottnest Island is the perfect opportunity to experience the island’s many coastal activities. Docking fees boating regulations and island entry fees apply.

By Ferry:
Rottnest Island is just a short ferry ride from Fremantle, Perth and Hillarys Boat Harbour with Rottnest Express, Rottnest Fast Ferries and Mills Charters.

By Air:
Fly to Rottnest Island with Kookaburra Air, Rottnest.Aero, Rotorvation Helicopters, Corsaire Aviation and Swan River Seaplanes.

Stay and Play on Rottnest Island

Staying over on the island couldn’t be easier with a wide range of accommodation options to appeal to all budgets. From camping, bungalows and cabins to luxury options with ocean views and premier facilities.

Eating and Drinking

You are spoilt for choice for dining options on Rottnest Island with options ranging from top class restaurants to bakeries and coffee shops. Restaurants include including Aristos Waterfront Restaurant and Hotel Rottnest; whilst The Lane, Dome Café and Geordie’s Café offer take-aways and coffee. Delicious pub grub is available at Govenor’s Bar and Riva Restaurant and Courthouse Bar whilst casual dining is on offer as Subway, Rottnest Bakery and The General Store.

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