Welcome to Rottnest Island

Cycling around the 11km-long, 4.5km-wide island is a real pleasure, and it's easy to discover your own sandy beach. You're bound to spot quokkas, the island's only native land mammals. Also relatively common are New Zealand fur seals off magical West End, dolphins, and – in season – whales. King skinks are also regularly seen sunning themselves on the roads.

Snorkelling, fishing, surfing and diving are also all excellent on the island. There's not a lot to do here that's not outdoors, so postpone your day trip if the weather is bad. It can be quite unpleasant when the wind really kicks up.

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Rottnest Island from Perth or Fremantle with Wildlife Cruise

Rottnest Island is only a 40-minute hop from the Perth coast and a favorite weekend getaway for locals. Originally discovered by Dutch explorers in the 17th century, Rottnest Island has had an interesting history, as resting place for 13 shipwrecks, an Aboriginal penal colony and an internment camp during the world wars.Rotto, as the locals call it, is unchanged over time and still maintains its rustic charm, with original heritage buildings and minimal development. As an A-Class Nature Reserve, Rottnest is committed to maintaining the natural environment, with bicycles the main form of transport (cars are practically non-existent).You can choose to start your full-day island experience starts from Perth with a cruise down the Swan River and enjoy morning tea while passing local landmarks and the riverfront houses of Millionaire’s Row to the port town of Fremantle. Or you can choose to join the cruise in Fremantle. From Fremantle, it's just a short hop across the ocean to Rottnest Island.Get to know Rottnest Island on a 90-minute guided thrilling high-speed wildlife cruise around the island, discovering secluded bays and inlets inhabited by birds, dolphins, seals and other marine life. The afternoon is free to explore the island at your leisure before departing for the mainland. Hire a bike and cycle out to one of the bays, go for a swim at the Basin, or meet the quokkas – Rottnest’s cute resident marsupials.In the afternoon, get back on the cruiser to make your way back to Fremantle or up the Swan River and back to Perth.

$82.83 Day Trips & Excursions

Rottnest Island Tour from Perth or Fremantle

You’ll have the option to catch the ferry to Rottnest Island in Perth or Fremantle. From Perth, you’ll cruise down the Swan River to Fremantle. The boat will take on passengers in Fremantle, before continuing on the 25-minute journey to Rottnest Island. When you arrive at the island, you’ll be escorted to the bus stop where you board a comfortable coach for your 90-minute island tour. On the coach, you’ll be driven around the island while your guide provides commentary about Rottnest’s cultural heritage, history and wildlife. Stop at Wadjemup Lighthouse and at the West End, where you can stroll along the boardwalk and take in stunning views. Keep your eyes open for the New Zealand fur seal colony at Cathedral Rocks. You might even spot humpback whales from September to November. Your coach will return you to Thomson Bay after the 90-minute tour and enjoy free time to spend at your leisure until your ferry departs. With 63 beaches and 20 bays, there are many opportunities for snorkeling, swimming and renting a surfboard or stand up paddleboard (own expense). You can also hire a bike (own expense) and cycle around the car-free roads. Families may want to check out the aqua park or the family fun park. Or learn more about the history of the area at the Rottnest Island Museum, the Salt Store and Exhibition Center, Lomas Cottage or the Pilot Boathouse. If you have chosen the optional lunch, you’ll head to Karma Rottnest for a tasty buffet selection of hot dishes, salads, deli items, desserts, and beverages. In the afternoon you’ll catch the ferry to return to Fremantle or Perth.

$68.46 Day Trips & Excursions

Rottnest Island with Bike Hire from Perth or Fremantle

When booking, select your ferry departure location—either Perth or Fremantle. If you depart from Fremantle, your day trip starts with the 25 minute high-speed ferry ride to Rottnest Island. If you’re departing from Perth, enjoy a fully commentated 1-hour cruise along the Swan River to Fremantle, where the river meets the Indian Ocean.Pass by local landmarks and the majestic houses of Millionaire’s Row. After a quick stop to collect passengers in Fremantle, it’s a short hop across the ocean to Rottnest. Affectionately known as Rotto, the island has a relaxed atmosphere, pristine beaches and great snorkeling, diving and surfing, making it a favorite spot for locals and tourists alike.When you arrive at Rottnest you can pick up your hire bike from the friendly crew as you disembark from the ferry, and then take your time to explore the island at your own pace. You may wish to settle in at one of the 20 different bays and 63 secluded beaches or perhaps you would like to visit the iconic Wadjemup or Bathurst Lighthouses, visit attractions like Lomas Cottage, Rottnest Island Museum or Pilot Boathouse, or even ride out to the West End, where you can stroll down the boardwalk, admiring the coastal views. Look for fur seals at Cathedral Rocks and keep your eyes out for humpback whales when they're in season! (late September – November). If you have selected to a lunch upgrade, head to Karma Restaurant for your buffet delights. When you select this day tour package, you are free to enjoy the island independently until it’s time to catch the ferry back to Perth. Your day trip then ends with the return ferry ride to Fremantle or Perth.

$45.76 Transfers & Ground Transport

Rottnest Island Round-Trip Ferry from Perth or Fremantle

You’ll have the choice to catch the ferry to Rottnest Island from Perth or Fremantle. If you're traveling from Perth, you’ll motor down Swan River to Fremantle before continuing on the journey to Rottnest Island, 25 minutes from Fremantle. How you spend your time on arrival is then up to you!With 20 bays and 63 beaches dotted along the coast, you’ll find plenty of places to snorkel, swim, surf or stand up paddleboard. Or rent a bike (own expense) and pedal along car-free roads to a secluded bay. Families can enjoy kid-oriented activities at the family fun park or aqua park. If you’re a history buff, check out the Rottnest Island Museum, Lomas Cottage, the Salt Store and Exhibition Center or the Pilot Boathouse. You’ll discover why Rottnest Island is a favorite of locals and visitors alike! Just note that all entrance fees and activities are at your own expense.After a full day exploring the island at your leisure, you’ll return on the afternoon ferry to Fremantle or Perth.

$135.40 Day Trips & Excursions

Rottnest Island Tour from Perth with Historic Train Ride

Take advantage of a courtesy coach pick-up from your Perth hotel and enjoy a relaxing drive along Perth's northern beaches (if required). Alternatively, you also have the option to drive yourself and take advantage of the Hillary's free parking.Your tour officially begins at 9am when you check in at the Rottnest Fast Ferries office. Enjoy morning tea at the departure lounge before departing Hillarys Boat Harbour at 10am for a 45-minute crossing to Rottnest Island.Upon arrival at Rottnest Island, make your way to the main bus stop (highlighted on a map provided to you at check in) for your Grand Island Bus Tour. Enjoy a running commentary of Rottnest's unique history, environment, heritage and wildlife whilst taking in the beauty of Rottnest Island, as well as a light packed lunch!After your tour you'll have some free time to explore Rottnest's main settlement area and visit the local shops, before catching the ferry back to Hillarys Boat Harbour and (if required) taking our courtesy coach back to your Perth accommodation.

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Rottnest Island Tour from Perth or Fremantle: Snorkel, Beaches

When booking, select your ferry departure location—either Perth or Fremantle. Your day trip starts with the high-speed ferry ride to Rottnest Island. If you’re departing from Perth, enjoy a fully commentated 1-hour cruise along the Swan River to Fremantle, where the river meets the Indian Ocean, to pick up more passengers for the 25-minute ride across the water to Rotto, as it’s referred to by locals. When you arrive, explore independently before your snorkeling tour commences in the early afternoon. You may join a free 20-minute guided walking tour around Thompson Bay operated by the Rottnest Island Volunteer Guides, in the settlement or explore the island on your own. If you have selected the lunch upgrade, make you way to the Karma Restaurant for a delicious selection of hot dishes, salads, deli items, dessert and beverages from the buffet. Then meet up for your 1.5-hour snorkeling tour, which starts at 1:30pm and departs from the main jetty in Thomson Bay. Grab your provided equipment (including mask and snorkel set and wetsuit) and take off on the high powered Eco Express vessel to one of Rottnest’s many turquoise bays; depending on the weather and sea conditions, you may visit Salmon Bay, Green Island or Catherine Bay. Spend about 60 minutes snorkeling, admiring the underwater world of coral and fish. You are likely to see marine life including: Buffalo Bream, Herring, Parrot Fish, Western Scaly fins, West Australian Rock Lobster, Octopus, Stingrays, Eagle rays, Moon Tale Wrasse, Garfish and many more. After your tour concludes you may have just enough time to grab a refreshment at the settlement shops before your return ferry departs back to Perth or Fremantle.