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Rottnest Island Round-Trip Ferry from Perth or Fremantle

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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

  • Same day return ferry to Rottnest Island from Perth or Fremantle
  • Rottnest Island Authority fee
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Entrance fees to any attractions

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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
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 400 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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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.
203 reviews
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Rottnest ❤️
Stuart_S, Nov 2022
Rottnest highly recomend gr8 place to visit.. definitely recommend bike ride or even bus hop on hop off to see all parts of what Rottnest has to offer.
Paradise island & adventure ferry
Shannon_M, Nov 2022
Felt like we landed on paradise island! Highly recommend this trip, the ferry from Perth through Fremantle was a treat in itself!
Great service
Peter_S, Nov 2022
The Rottnest ferry was excellent. On time great views from Perth to Rottnest Island. The vessel was clean and the staff were excellent. Well done all round
Lovely family day out
Casey_W, Nov 2022
We had a great time exploring the island, enjoying the beautiful views and beaches. Sat down for a delicious lunch and drinks while watching the volleyball games. Rode a bike around while exploring.
Comfortable ride, beautiful island, crazy flies.
Elizabeth_B, Nov 2022
The ferry ride itself is very comfortable. If you have a choice jump on from Fremantle, it will save you a couple of hours over the day. The flies are unbelievable, get face nets before you go, or from the store at George’s Bay.
Fantastic trip to Rottnest Island.❤️
Anonymous, Oct 2022
Beautiful Rottnest Island. We did the bud tour which I’d not normally do on a trip, but was very glad that I did that. The driver was very very informative and he took us all around the Island. Saw Quockers and plenty of them and most had babies. Beautiful place with a lot of history. I’d go and stay a couple of days next time to do snorkelling. Loved it.
Ensure transport to/from BShed as taxi service non-existent. Walked 3kms on return.
Raymond_H, Oct 2022
Smooth trip on the ferry and was booked to comeback to BShed at 4.30pm. However after the grand tour of Rottnest we wished to return at 3.30pm. Crew changed the time for us with no problem. We booked a taxi the night before to leave hotel at 8.15am. Didn't arrive by 8.35am. Booked another and 10 minutes later it didn't arrive. The receptionist at the hotel was kind enough to drive us to B Shed terminal. If not we would have lost our prepaid $158.00. Upon return no taxis in sight to service 100's of people. Had to then walk 3kms in 29 degree heat to hotel. Taxi "service" is total crap!
Top day out
Judith_T, Oct 2022
The ferry staff were amazing, very informative and friendly. Rottnest was a quaint island and glad to see it not seriously commercial. Lovely to see in natural state and the Quokkas roam freely so lovely to see.
Satisfied customer
Cosmos_A, Oct 2022
Smooth experience both trips. Boat was clean especially ammenities. Good explanation of surroundings on the trip to the island
Need to check time on return ticket
Patricia_W, Oct 2022
Wish we'd checked the time on our return ticket when getting the paper tickets. Confirmed email return was 4.30pm. Paper ticket showed 5pm return, and was stapled under other ticket with no mention of changed time. Only negative to an awesome day.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Tranquility and beauty
Robert_v, Jul 2022
This was a well-organised trip to a beautiful island. Using the rented bike to get away from the landing on the island, it became tranquil and full of secluded beaches.
Brilliant Experience!*****
Gary_B, Jun 2022
The crew on the Ferry where Excellent!!! You should be very proud of them. I found the Ferry to be very clean.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Getting to see sites...
DESMOND_P, Jun 2022
Getting to see sites along the Swan River . The ride was smooth and the story being told of different buildings on the way to Fremantle was interesting and informative.
False advertising
Basilios_P, May 2022
Ferry did not leave at 9.30 as advertised but at 10.30. Missed an hour of my trip, so had to miss a few things on the island
1 traveler found this review helpful
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 👍🏻
1 traveler found this review helpful
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


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