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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.


  • 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

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.

Barbara W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Perfect easy to order on line, very professional service at the port. We all felt very special. I would recommend it to all my friends.

Sharilyn P M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This IS My Favorite place in the world!!!

Wavells.125 United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Fabulous. Adventure tour worth every penny. So much wildlife to see a really great couple,of hours. Too many highlights to,mention xx

Denise D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Great trip there and back. The wildlife cruise was spectaculary - dolphins, birds, new zealand fur seals, Australian sea lion, and amazing scenery. A must do.

Wesley E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

The boat round the Island was good seeing the wildlife with a knowledgeable guide, island itself is interesting especially the Quokka's

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