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Pub Food in Rottnest Island

Hotel Rottnest

It's hard to imagine a more inviting place for a sunset pint of Little Creatures than the AstroTurf 'lawn' of this chic waterfront hotel. A big glass pavilion creates an open and inviting space, and bistro-style foo…
Seafood in Rottnest Island

Riva

Italian restaurant with a strong focus on grills and seafood. Prawns and salmon both receive an elegant touch of the Med, and there are also wood-fired pizzas and interesting spins on quail and lamb. The attached ba…
Historic Building in Rottnest Island

Salt Store

A photographic exhibition in this 19th-century building looks at a different chapter of local history: when the island's salt lakes provided all of WA's salt (between 1838 and 1950). It's also the meeting point for …
Viewpoint in Rottnest Island

Vlamingh's Lookout

Not far away from Thomson Bay (go up past the old European cemetery), this unsigned vantage point offers panoramic views of the island, including its salt lakes. It's on View Hill, off Digby Dr.
Seafood in Rottnest Island

Aristos

An upmarket but pricey option for seafood, steaks and salads, fish and chips, burgers, ice cream or excellent coffee. Push the boat (way) out with a seafood platter for two people ($155).
Market in Rottnest Island

General Store

The general store is like a small supermarket (and also stocks liquor). You can pre-order food and drinks here, and they'll equip your accommodation with it before your arrival.
Music in Rottnest Island

Rottofest

The annual Rottofest immerses the island in a day of music, film and comedy.
Historic Site in Rottnest Island

Quod

Built in 1864, this octagonal building with a central courtyard was once the Aboriginal prison block, More recently it was a part of the Rottnest Lodge hotel. During its time as a prison several men would share a 3m…
Cemetery in Rottnest Island

Aboriginal Burial Ground

Adjacent to the Quod is a wooded area where hundreds of Aboriginal prisoners are buried in unmarked graves. Until relatively recently, this area was used as a camping ground, but it's now fenced off with signs askin…
Museum in Rottnest Island

Rottnest Museum

Housed in the old hay-store building, this little museum tells the island's natural and human history, warts and all, including dark tales of shipwrecks and incarceration.