Rottnest Island Tours
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Fringed with rocky coves, white sandy beaches, and sun-soaked shores, Rottnest Island’s natural pleasures are numerous—whale-watching, snorkeling, hiking and wildlife spotting along the coast, and taking in the ocean sunsets. At less than an hour from Perth, Rottnest Island, or “Rotto,” makes for an idyllic retreat from the city.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Address: Maley Street, Thomson Bay 6161, Australia
Hours: Open daily
6 Tours and Activities to Experience Rottnest Island
You can reserve your spot today and pay when you're ready.
You can reserve your spot today and pay when you're ready.
Visit Perth’s favorite local getaway destination on a day trip to Rottnest Island, located just offshore in the Indian Ocean. Travel to Rottnest by high-speed ferry from either Perth or Fremantle (your choice), and then embark on a sightseeing tour of the island by coach. While you listen to narration from an informative guide, check out landmarks like the West End and Wadjemup Lighthouse. Then enjoy free time in the afternoon to explore the car-free island at your leisure. You may upgrade when booking to include lunch.
Take a day trip to Rottnest Island, a popular Perth getaway due to its white-sand beaches, secluded bays, scenic bike paths and vehicle-free atmosphere. Travel to the island, just off the coast, by high-speed ferry, and then explore at your leisure with included bike rental. Some options are snorkeling or following the trails to West End, Wadjemup or Bathurst Longhouses, the pink salt lakes or include lunch at Karma Rottnest. When booking, select the option that corresponds to your departure location—either Perth or Fremantle.
A piece of paradise in the Indian Ocean just off the coast of Perth, Rottnest Island is a favorite day trip getaway due to its white-sand beaches, isolated turquoise bays, biking paths and vehicle-free environment. Travel to the island on the high-speed ferry from either Perth or Fremantle—make your choice when booking. Then spend your time on the island however you please before returning the same day by ferry. Popular activities include snorkeling, biking and looking for quokkas, the resident wildlife.
Visit Rottnest Island's top destinations on an all-inclusive tour from Perth. After hotel pickup, transfer to the Rottnest ferry, then hop on the bus for a 3.5-hour island tour. See the Wadjemup Lighthouse, Henrietta Rocks, Oliver Hill Guns and Tunnel, Cathedral Rocks, and Cape Vlamingh, and top it off with a historic train ride. Hear live commentary about the island's cultural heritage, and maritime and military history, and have free time to explore. Includes box lunch, morning tea, round-trip ferry, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
See Rottnest Island from the water on this day trip that includes a high-speed adventure wildlife boat ride. Travel to the island, a favorite local getaway due to its secluded beaches and relaxing environment, by high-speed ferry from Perth or Fremantle. Then embark on a adventure thrill ride to look for seals, dolphins, sea birds and other marine life. Afterward, you have free time on the island to explore independently; perhaps rent a bike or go swimming off one of the white-sand beaches. When booking, you may upgrade to include lunch, if you wish.
Escape the city for the offshore paradise of Rottnest Island, one of Perth’s most popular holiday resorts. Board your high-speed ferry from Hillarys Boat Harbour and soak up the scenery on an exhilarating 40-minute cruise across the Indian Ocean. Enjoy a full day to explore the car-free island independently, take in the views from the Wadjemup Lighthouse, hire a bike or relax on the sandy beaches. When it’s time to leave, simply head back to the jetty to catch your return ferry.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are Rottnest Island hours of operation?
Rottnest Island hours of operation: Open daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
What's the best way to experience Rottnest Island?
The best ways to experience Rottnest Island are:
- Rottnest Island Tour from Perth or Fremantle including Bus Tour
- Rottnest Island with Bike Hire from Perth or Fremantle
- Rottnest Island Round-Trip Ferry from Perth or Fremantle
- Rottnest Island Full-Day Trip With Guided Island Tour From Perth
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