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See Rottnest Island from the water on this day trip that includes a 1.5-hour wildlife cruise. 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 wildlife cruise 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.

Highlights

  • Day trip to Rottnest Island from Perth
  • Start from Perth to cruise down the Swan River past Millionaire's Row, or join the ferry in Fremantle
  • Enjoy a wildlife cruise around the island to see dolphins, seals and birds
  • Watch for quokkas, the local marsupials
  • Upgrade to include lunch at Rottnest Lodge
  • Spend free time exploring the island independently

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What You Can Expect

Rottnest Island Tour from Perth or Fremantle including Wildlife Cruise

Rottnest Island

Your Rottnest Island day trip starts in either Perth or Fremantle, depending on option selected when booking. From Perth, hop aboard the ferry for a ride down the Swan River, enjoying views of upscale homes and yacht clubs that line the shore. When you get to Fremantle, where the river dumps into the Indian Ocean, pick up more passengers for the ride across the ocean to Rotto, as the island is referred to by locals.

When you arrive, embark on your 1.5-hour wildlife cruise that takes you around the island’s many isolated bays and beaches, where you can watch for sea life like dolphins, seals and birds. After your cruise, you are free to spend the afternoon at your leisure to explore the island however you wish. Perhaps rent a bike to travel down the car-free roads, go swimming or snorkeling in the turquoise water, or search for quokkas, the small marsupials who live on the island. (Activities, entrance fees, rentals, food and drinks are at your own expense.) If you select the lunch option when booking, head to Rottnest Lodge for your included meal.

Maybe visit one of the historical attractions to learn about the heritage of Rottnest, which was discovered by Dutch explorers in the 1600s and has since been home to shipwrecks, an Aboriginal penal colony and an internment camp. Today, as an A-class nature reserve, it’s beloved for its tranquil atmosphere, rustic charm and minimal development.

When your time on Rottnest is up, return to Fremantle or Perth by ferry.

Customer Reviews

ANNA P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Wonderful tour.

Irina L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Really great tour and experience! Our best regards to our skipper and our guide this day on wildlife cruise! They are professionals and they were very friendly to us!!! Thank you!

sue r United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Excellent day out, little swell on the crossing and wildlife cruise, but weather was sunny and very hot, after lunch hired a couple of bikes to cycle round Island.
Only point to add is that you need to queue at Quay B at the Rottnest ferry ticket office to exchange voucher for your tickets for day trip, this was missing from instructions issued by Viator

Goerge Leaman w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This is a nice and relaxing place to go for a day.The food was great and the scenery was fantastic

Amy L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This was a fantastic tour! The guides are friendly and professional and were passionate about what they do. You get to see a lot and learn heaps about the Rottnest community. The jet boat ride was really cool!

Craig G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Fantastic day out, great value, fantastic day trip!

Keith K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

A quite beautiful island, be careful if you go on the Wildlife Cruise though if you are scared of water, turns out it's a white knuckle speedboat ride around the wonderful coastline. It's great fun though with 2 really top guys. As for the island it is a place of rare beauty, I would advise staying there a few days to take it all in

Susan O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Wonderful day! Interesting trip down the Swan River and to Rottnest Island. The circle Rottnest cruise was great and saw lots of whales and other wildlife. On Rottnest the quokkas are the cutest things ever!

kate c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Leslee B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was a great day. Enjoyed the ride down the Swan River. Didn't really know we were getting on an adventure boat tour. But it was fun and thankful they gave us spray jackets. Saw some seals and an osprey. Rottnest Island is a place you shouldn't miss if visiting Perth. Like going back in time!!! Love there are only bicycles and scooters on the island.

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