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  • Location:Perth, Australia
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

Rottnest Island Tour from Perth or Fremantle

Hop on a ferry from Perth or Fremantle to Rottnest Island for a day of exploring the stunning island. Enjoy a 90-minute coach tour of the island. You'll learn from commentary by a knowledgeable guide and make stops at Wadjemup Lighthouse and the West End. In the afternoon enjoy free time to explore the island’s beautiful beaches, walking trails, car-free roads and historical sites at your leisure, before catching the ferry back to the mainland.


  • Day trip to Rottnest Island with 90-minute coach tour, from Perth or Fremantle
  • Depart from Perth and cruise down Swan River past local landmarks and Millionaire’s Row
  • Listen to informative commentary from your guide as you circumnavigate the island in a comfortable air-conditioned coach
  • See spectacular locations including Wadjemup Lighthouse and the West End
  • Enjoy lunch at Rottnest Lodge (if option selected) and free time in the afternoon to explore at your leisure
  • Spot the island’s famous marsupials, the quokka, and marine life such as dolphins, New Zealand fur seals and humpback whales
  • Have free time to explore the 7 mile-long (11km) car-free island in the afternoon

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What You Can Expect

Rottnest Island Tour from Perth or Fremantle

Wadjemup Lighthouse

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 Rottnest Lodge 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.

Customer Reviews

Mary-Anne B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Loved the trip. The island was great and we particularly enjoyed a walking tour with a lovely Irish volunteer guide as well as the bus tour.

alishak Singapore

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Damian was fun and it's a well paced tour. I'm quite glad I opted for the bus ride instead of touring the island on a bike because of the comfort and excellent commentary from our guide. The lunch was a little disappointing but no biggie. Catch the free tours by volunteers if time permits!

David M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

The trip from Barrack Street to Freemantle and then on to Rottnest is a long one but the commentary on the way was excellent and helped the time pass. Rottnest was an absolute delight. Great bus tour of the island again with excellent commentary thank you Sharlene, good lunch at the Lodge and then time to explore a little and to make acquaintance with a quokka. Looking forward to doing it again in summer and enjoying the delights of the water. Thank you. David and Barbara Millons

Linda B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This was a great trip and we loved Rottnest Island. We had to book from Perth rather than from Fremantle as I was in a wheelchair which they could only get on the boat in Perth. If you are fit I would recommend booking from fremantle as it was rather a long boat trip. However if you've never down the boat trip from Perth to Fremantle it is a good trip, just a little long when you're off to Rottnest as well. The coach tour on the Island was very good and interested and we managed to see some quokkas. All in all a very good trip.

Christopher A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Every part of our your was first rate a
Most enjoyable day from start to finish.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Organisation perfect, coach tour very informative, meal arrangements good, and we enjoyed our necessarily brief visit to Rottnest

Patricia M W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Had a wonderful day, very relaxed and very interesting hostory

Geoff H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Fantastic, everything was perfect and very informative. Wife and I loved it.

Elizabeth V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Had a fantastic day, weather was perfect, tour guide was very knowledgeable saw lots of quokkas (as promised) and lunch was very nice............what more can I say


4 star rating: Recommended December 2015

A wonderful full day - adequate time to enjoy the beauty of Rottnest Island.

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