• Location: Perth, Australia
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
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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.


  • 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 Karma Rottnest
  • 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

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 Karma Rottnest 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

David M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

An easy and convenient way over to the island. The bus tour was fun and informative.

Irene B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Great day out. It is important to note that the jetty number in the Viator voucher is wrong. It is jetty 4 not jetty 2. We were standing around wondering where everyone was until a man came up to us and told us it was jetty 4.

The trip over was good but take travel sickness tablets if you usually need them. It can be a bit rough when in the open sea. We had time to have a look around before the bus tour. I highly recommend the bus tour for a good introduction to the island. We had two very short stops but got to see a lot, including people pushing their bikes up hills!! The bus was a good way to travel around to see what was available on the island. We had lunch at the Rottnest Hotel which was fine. There were a couple of gluten free options. The trip back on the boat was quite rough. Everyone remained seated and you couldn't see out the windows at times due to the waves crashing on the side of the boat. I would recommend this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

We started with a lovely, narrated tour down the Swan River to Fremantle. We had an extremely knowledgeable and passionate guide on our bus tour who covered the history, geology, animal and plant life of the island. We had a lovely lunch, did some souvenir shopping and walked along one of the beaches. Best of all was seeing the Quokkas, smallest cousins of the 'roos who exist only on Rottnest and one other small island. One minor waning: the ferry ride to Rottnest can be a bit rough.

Nelli A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

great day, nice boat tour in swan river, plenty of time to see the island on your own, well organised

Nelli A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

great day, nice boat tour through swan river, all well set

Yan X

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Amazing tour! A must see for sure! very family friendly

Sandra H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Fabulous boat trip from Perth across to Rottnest Island. Great hiring a bike to find my way about. Nice lunch in one of the restaurants. Fantastic photo opportunities.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Despite the bad weather the tour didn't disappoint. Saw the Quokkas, which is what I came for! Good informative tour by guide about the history of the Island.

Victorio A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

The tour was well done, it showed the attractions that make Rottnest Island famous. Would highly recommend this tour


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

There is a high chance of spotting a quinoa in the island! The ferry ride to Rottnest Island is pleasant and comfortable.

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