A trip to gorgeous Rottnest Island, just 19 kilometres off the mainland, is a must-do for Perth locals and visitors to the area.
The easiest way to get to this island paradise is on a Rottnest Island Ferry.
As well as being a fun adventure in itself, the leisurely boat ride is quick. It takes just 25 minutes from Fremantle, 45 minutes from Hillary’s Boat Harbour, and an hour and half from Perth’s Barrack Street Jetty.
Choose your Rottnest Island Ferry
There are two ferry companies offering transfers to Rottnest Island, with several departure points.
If you’re in Perth City, your best bet is to jump aboard a Rottnest Island Ferry at the Barrack Street Jetty. While, Hilary’s Boat Harbour is the most convenient departure point if you’re in North Perth. If you want to leave from Fremantle, you have two options: embark either at Fremantle’s Victoria Quay, or Rous Head in North Fremantle.
Rottnest Island ferry timetables vary according to the season. Bookings are a must, so try to book as far ahead as possible at busy times of year, like school holidays.
Rottnest Express departs from Perth City and both Fremantle terminals.
Rottnest Express has three modern, high-speed, ocean-going boats designed especially to deal with the crossing from Fremantle to Rottnest. This route is famous for being one of the Southern Hemisphere’s roughest!
Rottnest Fast Ferries depart from Hillary’s Ferry Terminal at Hillary’s Boat Harbour.
Rottnest Fast Ferries operate a high-speed, ocean-going ferry that is also engineered to cope with any rough conditions encountered during the crossing.
Rottnest Island Ferry Extras and Tours
Both Rottnest Island Ferry companies offer a range of packages and tours, such as whale watching.
One of the options you might like to consider is the romantic Twilight Cruise offered by Rottnest Fast Ferries. Just take their afternoon ferry over to Rottnest Island and depart in the evening for a trip home along the magical Sunset Coast.
Another great option is Rottnest Express’s seasonal 90-minute eco-adventure. This tour takes you right around the island to explore its remote coastline and gives you the chance to see rare wildlife and secluded bays.
You can book your Rottnest bike hire at the same time you book your ferry tickets, saving you time and hassle, and leaving more time for fun when you reach the Island.
For more information, check out the Rottnest Island Ferry websites.