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Rottnest Island Round-Trip Ferry from Perth or Fremantle

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From $55.79

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


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.
  • Rottnest ferry same-day round-trip ticket, from Fremantle or Perth
  • Includes the Rottnest Island Authority Fee
  • Relax on the scenic 25-minute ferry ride from Fremantle to Rottnest Island
  • Choose to spend your time as you like on Rottnest Island, enjoying the beaches, walking trails, bicycling and water sports
  • Look for wildlife such as quokka (a marsupial known as the kangaroo rat) and a New Zealand fur seal colony
  • Rent snorkel gear, surfboards, paddleboards, bikes and other equipment (own expense) on the island

What's Included

  • Round-trip ferry to Rottnest Island
  • Rottnest Island Authority fee
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Entrance fees to any attractions

Departure & Return

Possible departure locations

Departure Point

  • Rottnest Express Barrack Street Jetty Terminal, 2 Barrack St, Perth WA 6000, Australia

    Ferry departs from Barrack Street jetty at 8:45am. We recommend arriving 30 minutes before departure.

  • B Shed, 1 Peter Hughes Dr, Fremantle WA 6160, Australia

    Ferry departs B Shed at 9:30am. We recommend arriving 30 minutes before departure.

  • Northport Ferry Terminal, North Fremantle WA 6159, Australia

    If you have selected a hotel pick up, please contact Rottnest Express directly to confirm your hotel pick up time.

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

What To Expect

Your Rottnest Island ferry departs from either Perth or Fremantle, depending on option selected when booking. If leaving from Perth, you’ll cruise down the Swan River through the city to reach Fremantle, from where it’s about a 25-minute ride across the ocean to "Rotto," as it’s known to locals.

When you arrive, you are free to explore the island—and its 63 beaches and 20 bays—however you wish. There are plenty of spots to get wet with a swim, snorkel, stand-up paddleboard or surf, or just relax on the sand and watch yachts bobbing in the water. The most popular activity for visitors is renting a bike on the island to cruise leisurely along the scenic roads, where no cars are allowed. If you’re interested in history, check out sites like Lomas Cottage, Rottnest Island Museum, Pilot Boathouse or the Salt Store and Exhibition Centre. And don’t forget to keep your eyes open for wildlife, particularly the island’s native quokkas. (All entrance fees, activities, rentals, food and drinks are at your own expense.)

At the end of your full day on the island, head back to Fremantle or Perth on the return ferry.

Swan River (Pass By)

Swan River cruise

Rottnest Express (Pass By)

Depart to Rottnest Island

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
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 400 travelers
Operated by Rottnest Express

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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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Rottnest Island Round-Trip Ferry from Perth or Fremantle?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Rottnest Island Round-Trip Ferry from Perth or Fremantle?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Rottnest Island Round-Trip Ferry from Perth or Fremantle?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff

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Traveler Tips

Well worth a day's trip - the hop on hop off bus is a great way to see the island.
The ferry is comfortable even with some swell outside the harbour.
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Paradise location
Daniel_J, Apr 2022
The basin beach and Rockpool are absolutely breathtaking!!! Certainly a bucket list location. Will go back there for sure 👍🏻
Over rated
rona_L, Apr 2022
Rottnest is Overated!! Poor service on bus, as they are try to fit people in to max capacity on very hot weather, rather than putting more bus service instead. Food and drinks are too expensive, poor service at Dome. Vessel to and from was a great trip though.
Great experience
Maureen_t, Apr 2022
Tour was very informative quokkas were amazing granddaughters first time in australia was captivated by rottnest
Excellent Golf Course
Pamela_S, Mar 2022
Loved visiting Rottnest and we really enjoyed playing your great 9 hole golf ⛳️ course next time we will play 18
The Beaches, Ambiance as...
MARILOU_M, Jan 2022
The Beaches, Ambiance as a whole.scenic view are Beautiful. Staffs are helpful & Nice. We will be Back again in Rottnest Island.
Ferry trip, hop on off...
Ross_B, Jan 2022
Ferry trip, hop on off bus, swimming at Little Salmon, lunch at hotel, watching quotas, chilling out.
1 traveler found this review helpful
What a way to spend Sunday.
Teena_W, Oct 2021
Great ferry service - hop on hop off bus excellent - lunch at Thomsons - seeing the quokkas of course and lots of walking around the sights - ferry trip home and being able to catch an earlier ferry. Staff members so quick to collect rubbish (coffee cups etc) on the trip. Price very reasonable. An all round excellent day. Thank you
1 traveler found this review helpful
Well worth seeing 😊
Marion_T, Oct 2021
Good trip loved hearing about the history. The Bus trip around the island gave a great overall explanation of the island. The history as many times was sad and is an important part of the island
Great trip
Jolandi_G, Sep 2021
The quokkas and baby Joey’s. Nice weather and the hop on hop off was nice. Will go back in the futuer
Qi_Z, Jun 2021
Excellent experience. The ship woker is nice and friendly. And the island guide give me friendly services.


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