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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
USD54.81 per adult
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Brilliant Experience!*****
The crew on the Ferry where Excellent!!! You should be very proud of them. I found the Ferry to be very clean.
Gary_B, Jun. 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Perth

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Past and Present Rottnest Island
Phillip_J, Jun. 2022
Discover Rottnest with Ferry & Bus Tour from Perth or Fremantle
Viewing the beautiful coastline of Rottnest Island and discovering the history involving the early settlement.
star-5
Rottenest you beauty
Ian_C, Jun. 2022
Experience Rottnest with Ferry & Bike Hire from Perth or Fremantle
A beautiful day cycling round the island. Feeding leaves to the quokkas. Stunning sunset on the way back.
star-4
Enjoyable
Nanette_J, Jun. 2022
Discover Rottnest with Ferry & Bus Tour from Perth or Fremantle
Volunteers were informative & friendly. Great bus tour. Good weather. Lovely island. Cute quokkas. Visit again
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Getting to see sites...
DESMOND_P, Jun. 2022
Rottnest Island Round-Trip Ferry from Perth or Fremantle
Getting to see sites along the Swan River . The ride was smooth and the story being told of different buildings on the way to Fremantle was interesting and informative.
star-5
Scenic cycle and quokka spotting
Puay_S, Jun. 2022
Experience Rottnest with Ferry & Bike Hire from Perth or Fremantle
We were lucky the rain stopped when we reached Rottnest, helmets were wet but we came prepared! There was a hiccup that made us wait 15mins for the next ferry for our child bike which wasn’t as good quality as the adults. Nonetheless we enjoyed our time around the island! Remember to time and head back to the jetty early for your ferry back as you may get lost cycling around!
star-4
An amazing time
nyree_s, May 2022
Discover Rottnest with Ferry & Bus Tour from Perth or Fremantle
We had an amazing time on both the ferry ride and Rottnest island. The swan river information tour was fun and interesting to listen to as we went down the swan river, how I would wish for a bit more space as we were packed together in the seats.
star-5
Amazing experience
Adele_V, May 2022
Rottnest Island Fast Ferry from Hillarys Boat Harbour Including Bike Hire
One of the best day trips I've ever done. Good workout with the bikes and the water was Cristal clear for snorkling!
star-5
The Beaches, Ambiance as...
MARILOU_M, Jan. 2022
Rottnest Island Round-Trip Ferry from Perth or Fremantle
The Beaches, Ambiance as a whole.scenic view are Beautiful. Staffs are helpful & Nice. We will be Back again in Rottnest Island.
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Paradise location
Daniel_J, Apr. 2022
Rottnest Island Round-Trip Ferry from Perth or Fremantle
The basin beach and Rockpool are absolutely breathtaking!!! Certainly a bucket list location. Will go back there for sure 👍🏻
star-5
Great experience
Derrick_T, Apr. 2022
Experience Rottnest with Ferry & Bike Hire from Perth or Fremantle
Exchanging for the ferry tickets was a breeze, arrived at Rottnest Island and was able to quickly collect our bicycles from the ferry. We enjoyed our time there and will come back again in the future via booking with Viator.
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Rottnest Adventure Boat Teip
PAUL_P, Apr. 2022
Adventure Rottnest Tour with Ferry & Adventure Cruise from Perth or Fremantle
Excellent tour met our expectations staff were great the boat ride was great saw seals birds all in all a great adventure
star-5
Fun way to view all the island has to offer
Nicole_H, Apr. 2022
Adventure Rottnest Tour with Ferry & Adventure Cruise from Perth or Fremantle
I sat down the front of the boat it was great fun going over the waves . We saw lots of dolphins and seals. The commentary was interesting. A fun way of seeing all the beaches to visit and where all the reefs are. Highly recommend
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What are the nearest attractions to Rottnest Island?
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Attractions near Rottnest Island:
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What else should I know about attractions in Perth?
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As well as visiting the Rottnest Island, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: