No trip to Perth is complete without a visit to the gorgeous Rottnest Island.
This jewel-like island is just a short, fun ride by ferry, private boat or plane from the city, yet it seems a world away.
A ‘Class A’ Reserve, Rottnest Island is renowned for its breathtaking scenery, wonderful diving, abundant wildlife, postcard-perfect beaches, and its famous furry inhabitants – the quirky quokkas. These laid-back little marsupials are hopping around everywhere!
Things to do on Rottnest Island
Rottnest Island is the perfect place to swim, snorkel, fish, soak up some rays, or wine and dine at the water’s edge. You can hang out in Thompson Bay, where the ferry terminal and village are situated, but most people choose to go exploring as there’s plenty to see and experience on this historical isle.
The Day Tour of a Lifetime
There are no cars on Rottnest Island, which is part of its charm. So take the bus, walk, or cycle a hire bike (add a nifty trailer for the kids) around the tracks criss-crossing the island, which is just 19 square kilometres.
Allow several hours for your jaunt. Pack food and plenty of water though, as Thompson Bay is the only area with shops and eateries – and don’t forget your hat, cossie, snorkelling gear and sunscreen.
Along the way you’ll discover numerous beautiful bays with white sand and turquoise water, reefs teeming with amazing marine life, and lots of points of historical interest.
Check out the seals at Cathedral Rocks and watch out for dolphins too. From September to November, keep your eyes peeled for Humpback whales.
All Aboard for Adventure
Exploring Rottnest Island by water is popular – take a 90-minute boat tour or Whale or Seal Encounter. You can also hire a surfboard or stand-up paddle board for the day.
Hop aboard a small plane at the island’s airport for a memorable ten-minute scenic flight.
The kids will have a blast climbing, splashing, sliding and jumping on the floating ‘Just 4 Fun Aqua Park’ at Thompson Bay. They’ll also love the train ride to see the historic military hardware and tunnels at Oliver Hill.
Getting to Rottnest Island
You can cruise over to Rottnest on a boat, or catch a ferry or plane. Find out about travel to Rottnest, plus get maps and other essential information. Rottnest Island can get busy and visitor numbers are limited so it’s a good idea to book ahead.