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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 1.5-hour 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.

Highlights

  • Day trip to Rottnest Island with 90-minute 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 Rottnest Lodge
  • 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

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What You Can Expect

Rottnest Island Tour from Perth or Fremantle

Wadjemup Lighthouse

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 25-minute ride across the water to Rotto, as it’s referred to by locals. When you arrive, hop aboard your coach for your 1.5-hour 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 Rottnest Lodge 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.

Customer Reviews

Jacquelyn C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Absolutely loved our day at Rottnesss,the little Quokkas were an absolute delight . This would be on my list to see again if able.

Emelie J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Amazing day! Beautiful boat ride along the river from Perth to Fremantle and the guide was very informative. I took the bus tour of the island and got a lot of information about the island and its history. I also went on a quokka walk with a volunteer, recommended!

Andrew S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Definitely worth the trip. The high spot were the Quokkas who came out in force to entertain us and pose for selfies. The bus tour was great and the lunch adequate. There was plenty of time for walking around and enjoying the shopping area. The boat ride from Perth was quite long and maybe joining at Freemantle is a better option. The open sea stretch was quite bumpy, so beware if you are prone to sea-sickness. Best to sit near the rear of the boat. The check-in at Barrack St Jetty was smooth and easy, the staff on the boat and on the island were excellent.

Craig H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

excellent package and hostess was great

jillmjackson

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent tour! Would highly recommend it! The Quokas made our day!

Scott W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Gorgeous scenery, adorable quokkas, what more could you want?

Valerie M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Brilliant the driver was great, the people were friendly. I think we all had an amazing day

Arlene

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Ticket collection was no problem - we showed the voucher on my phone and received the ferry and bus tour tickets. I enjoyed visiting Rottnest Island and will use Viator again.

Mary-Anne B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Loved the trip. The island was great and we particularly enjoyed a walking tour with a lovely Irish volunteer guide as well as the bus tour.

alishak Singapore

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Damian was fun and it's a well paced tour. I'm quite glad I opted for the bus ride instead of touring the island on a bike because of the comfort and excellent commentary from our guide. The lunch was a little disappointing but no biggie. Catch the free tours by volunteers if time permits!

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