How To Get There
Get a stunning birds-eye view of Rottnest Island's incredible beaches with numerous departure options from Perth and surrounds. With many operators to choose from you can arrive by seaplane or helicopter.
Located just 11-miles off the coast of Perth, Rottnest Island is easily accessible by ferry. Typical ride times are 25-minutes from Freemantle and 90-minutes from Perth.
Things To Do
- Relax at one of the stunning 63 beaches and 20 bays
- Join a free guided walking tour of the island (all tours approximately 45 mins - 1hr)
- Hire a bike and coast along scenic pathways for views of resident seals and crystal clear water in beautiful bays
- Ride the hop-on/hop-off Island Explorer bus and check out secluded bays and hideaways
- Appreciate the Noongar People's perspective of Wadjemup (the local Aboriginal name for Rottnest Island) on a tour led by an Aboriginal guide
- Discover Rotto's hidden treasures while effortlessly gliding around the island on a segway tour
- Snap your own 'quokka selfie', made famous by Chris Hemsworth and Shawn Mendes
- Visit the restored Lomas Cottage to learn more of the intriguing history of the 'Imperial Pauper'
- Enjoy a delicious lunch at one of the cafes, bakeries, restaurants, or pubs
- Stay the night in accommodations ranging from campgrounds and hostels to small hotels and glamping tents
- Hop aboard a historical train ride to Oliver Hill - a previous stronghold and now World War II heritage site
- Tee off at Karma Rottnest Golf Club then recover with a trip to the spa
- Head to the Family Fun Park for mini-golf, retro arcade games, giant chess, and trampolines, then head next door for a movie in a comfortable deckchair cinema
- Encounter a variety of wildlife including birdlife, quokka, dolphins, and seals on an adventure/jetboat cruise
- Get out on the water with a glass-bottom kayak or try your hand at a waterbike experience
- Soak up the sun on a sailing catamaran or follow one of the snorkel trails around Rottnest
- Embark on a recreational fishing journey for reef dwellers, seagrass inhabitants, and migratory species
- During the season (September to mid-November) head out on a whale watching tour to see larger-than-life Humpback Whales
- Join a scenic flight or opt for an exhilarating skydive that will get your adrenaline pumping
Festivals & Events
- Rip Curl Rottnest Search - Watch some of the world's Top short-board surfers attack high-quality waves and compete on the World Surf League Championship Tour
- Djindoon Djenung - Award-winning Noongar guide Walter McGuire leads evenings of stargazing as he shares traditional Dreamtime stories accompanied by Sand or Water Ceremonies at the ocean's edge to pay respect to the Noongar Ancestors
Where To Stay
From campgrounds and budget cabins and bungalows to premium accommodations with ocean views, there are options for everyone to stay at Rottnest Island. A few notable options are:
- Discovery Rottnest Island - Nestled behind the dunes of the iconic Pinky Beach, one of the most relaxed and breathtaking coastal locations in Australia, Discovery Rottnest Island is an eco-sustainable resort with a difference
- Samphire Rottnest - Surrounded by stunning landscapes Samphire Rottnest offers high-end comfort suites with inviting and relaxed coastal vibes along with lagoon-style pools, bayside bars, and beach access
- Karma Rottnest - Great for families as well as solo travelers Karma Rottnest is a unique heritage hotel offering a wide choice of comfortable, well-equipped rooms and apartments, all with en-suite bathrooms, ceiling fans, TVs, and many other thoughtful extras to suit the needs of anyone looking for an island hideaway
Rottnest Island typically experiences warm weather and due to a warm-water current water temperatures range from an average of 73°F in summer to 66°F in winter.