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Discover Rottnest with Ferry & Bus Tour from Perth or Fremantle

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  • 8 hours (approx.)
  • Offered in: English

Overview

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.
  • Day trip to Rottnest Island with coach tour, from Perth or Fremantle
  • If departing Perth, cruise down Swan River, past local landmarks and Millionaire’s Row
  • Listen to commentary from a guide as you circumnavigate the island by air-conditioned coach
  • See spectacular locations including Wadjemup Lighthouse and the West End
  • Upgrade to include lunch at Karma Rottnest
  • Spot the island’s famous marsupial, the quokka, and marine life such as dolphins and fur seals
  • Enjoy free time in the afternoon to explore at your leisure

What's Included

  • Same day return ferry to Rottnest Island from Perth or Fremantle
  • 90-minute coach tour
  • Local guide
  • Lunch (if option selected)
  • Rottnest Island Authority fee
  • Round-trip Swan River cruise (if departing from Perth)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Additional activities (bike, snorkel gear, surfboard or stand up paddleboard hire)

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What To Expect

When booking, select your ferry departure location—either Perth or Fremantle—as well as the option to include lunch on the island, if you wish.

Your day trip starts with the high-speed ferry ride to Rottnest Island. If you’re departing Perth, cruise along the Swan River to Fremantle, where the river meets the Indian Ocean, to pick up more passengers for the ride across the water to Rotto, as it’s referred to by locals. When you arrive, hop aboard your coach for an island sightseeing tour.

Listen to commentary from your guide about the history, culture and wildlife of the island, known for its secluded beaches and its resident quokkas, small marsupials who call Rottnest home. As you circle the island, make stops at Wadjemup Lighthouse and the West End, where you can hop off to stroll down the boardwalk, admiring coastal views. Look for fur seals at Cathedral Rocks, and watch for the possible humpback whale, which might be seen from September to November.

When your tour ends at Thompson Bay, you are free to enjoy the island independently until it’s time to catch the ferry back to Perth. Perhaps rent a bike to check out one of the 63 beaches or 20 bays, go snorkeling or stand-up paddleboarding, or visit attractions like Lomas Cottage, Rottnest Island Museum or Pilot Boathouse. (Rentals, activities and entrance fees are at your own expense.) If you select the lunch upgrade, head to Karma Rottnest for a buffet of hot dishes, deli items, salads, desserts and beverages.

Your day trip then ends with the return ferry ride to Fremantle or Perth.

Swan River

Commentary along the Swan River

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Rottnest Express (Pass By)

Ferry transfer

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 32 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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A great experience but be wary of the wind picking up in the afternoon.
Easy option to then get the train back to Perth.
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Excellent day trip, highly recommended
Karen_C, Jan 2023
A great way to enjoy Rottnest Island's highlights. We saw more than we would have on bikes. It was a hot day and we were very grateful for the air-conditioned ferry and bus. There was no rush but time to do heaps, including a beach swim to finish up. Lunch at Frankie's was lovely and Malcolm, our guide on the bus, was informative and entertaining. Our family included three generations... as we drove up and down multiple hills in the heat we all agreed bikes might be fun for some but the bus was a perfect choice for us. Well-organised tour.
Rottnest tour
Catherine_S, Jan 2023
The scenery is awesome. I enjoyed the tour on the Swan River and the bus tour round the island with the commentary. The tour guide told us that the quokkas are nocturnal and usually we can't see them until around 2:00 pm, but she told us where the best viewing was and this turned out to be true. I saw plenty. The meal included was very good, dessert was a berry cheesecake decorated with edible flowers. The trip across the ocean to and from Fremantle was very rough (a friend in Perth said it's nicknamed the washing machine, I can see why).
I booked this tour...
Laszlo_B, Jan 2023
I booked this tour through Pinnacles Tours and they have been very professional with their service every time including hotel pickups and tour guides! I can highly recommend them for sure! Thank you for your great service Pinnacles Tours!
Fantastic tour...
Siheng_M, Jan 2023
Fantastic tour experience, I suggest to stay a night on the island and rent a bike to look around yourself
Ravishing Rottnest
Eccles, Jan 2023
A wonderful day..bus trip and ferry trip across were great. Spectacular coastline. Quokkas are cute. Food excellent.
Great experience— Longer from Perth than expected.
Michelle_B, Jan 2023
Great tour— my only complaint is that it says the tour will be over at 545pm and that might be true if you’re getting off the Ferry at Fremantle but in Perth It was after 630pm. It should be more clear on the booking. Otherwise the island was great, ferry facilities were great, staff was very nice. I just wish I would have known the ferry is an hour and a half trip from Perth because I would have made other arrangements.
Friendly and efficient...
Kathryn_H, Dec 2022
Friendly and efficient tour group. Bus tour was very informative and definitely provided more information about the island that you don't get riding bikes around the island
Delightful!
Karenza_B, Dec 2022
Thoroughly enjoyable day. We loved seeing the quokkas.. of course.. but as well the ferry trip was good, smooth over but fairly wild and choppy back. We really enjoyed our bus tour. Our guide was great, very informative but very natural and friendly, and it didn’t come across as just a rehearsed performance. Our lunch which was part of the package was excellent and the service was friendly and efficient. Wandering around Rottnest on our own was very interesting as well. Overall we are very pleased we did it.
Just amazing
Maria_J, Dec 2022
Our ship was late in docking (1.5 hours late), but the Rottnest tour operator adjusted everything to accommodate us, which made the experience stress free and enjoyable. The island is beautiful and our tour guide, Malcolm, brought the island to life for us (short term visitors) making us want to go back and spend more time on the island. His food recommendation was great too! The quokas are so adorable making our day on Rottnest Island complete.
Great trip to Rotty
Arnstein_J, Dec 2022
A great cruise down Swan River, and a good bus tour, lots of beautiful scenarios and information from the driver. There were too few opportunities to get off the bus and take in the scenery. We sat on the right side of the bus. Big mistake. All scenery is on the left side.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Have to see
Katharina_S, Dec 2022
Everything along the cruise was explained and organized properly. The Island looked magnificent and the facilities were very good. All was explained beautifully. Had a great time.
Don't miss this tour
LOUIS_L, Dec 2022
The scenic drive around the island. The only tour which can show you the beauty and charming clear blue water if you have limited time visiting Rottnest.
Fun tour of Rottnest Island
Edward_C, Dec 2022
We enjoyed our trip to Rottnest on the Fremantle Ferry. The bus tour on the island was excellent. We loved seeing the island and hearing all the stories our guide gave to us. The quokkas were amazing too. It was a wonderful day and they were very flexible both ways with our ride. We loved the trip.
A wonderful island
Roslyn_J, Nov 2022
I wish the description had mentioned that there would be lots of time to swim, snorkel or bike ride. We weren’t prepared to do those things.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great value tour
Elaine_W, Nov 2022
The bus tour was really well run, and the guide was fun and informative, pointing out all of the places of interest. The island itself is beautiful, and the quokkas are wonderful, friendly little creatures that make the visit even more special.
Real value for money
anne_K, Nov 2022
The bus tour was truly memorable and full marks to the guide and the driver who were knowledgeable and courteous.
Perfect day!
Melissa_W, Nov 2022
We had a perfect day! Malcolm, the bus tour guide was great! I would totally recommend the bus tour. We got to see the whole island and learned so much about the history and geography of the island.
Very professional - all around - including service at lunch
Daniel_D, Nov 2022
From start to finish all great- nice guide on the bus - restaurant service was great - very helpfull
Rottnest is absolutely a...
DONG_Z, Nov 2022
Rottnest is absolutely a beautiful island. Little Quokkas are cute and friendly. I really enjoyed my visit very much.
My quokka experience
Ben_L, Nov 2022
Had a great time. Our experience included the ferry, bus tour, and lunch. Ferry and bus rides informative and lunch was yummy. It was nice not having to wait with the crowd to get served. Saw lots quokkas and babies 😊
1 traveler found this review helpful
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