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Rottnest Island Visitor Centre

T: 61 8 9372 9732
Located at the end of the Main Jetty, Rottnest Island

WA Visitor Centre

T: 61 8 9483 1111
1300 361 35 (Toll free in Australia)
55 William Street, Perth

Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island

Rottnest - Perth's island paradise...

Just 19 km off the coast of Perth, but an entire world away, lies the sunny holiday island of Rottnest. Blessed with a casual atmosphere, picturesque scenery, dazzling marine life and some of the world's finest beaches and pristine bays, Rottnest Island is Western Australia's very own island getaway.

The island earned its curious name when in 1696, Dutch explorer, William de Vlamingh, mistook the island's unusual marsupial population for common rats and named it Rottnest - literally translating to 'rats nest'. Today, having a photo taken alongside the 'rats' - known as Quokkas - is one of the main highlights for visitors to the island.

Rottnest is only a short ferry ride from Fremantle or Perth with Rottnest Express and from Hillarys Boat Harbour with Rottnest Fast Ferries. Or fly over with Kookaburra Air, Rottnest Air Taxi, Air Charter West, Rotorvation Helicopters or Ozwest Aviation.

Things to do on Rottnest Island

  • JOIN one of the many free guided walking tours of the Island.
  • FOLLOW your own path along the new Wadjemup Trail.
  • HIRE a bike and snorkel gear from Rottnest Island Pedal & Flipper
  • SWIM and relax by the stunning waters - you have 63 beaches and 20 bays to choose from
  • DISCOVER the underwater snorkel trails at Little Salmon Bay and Parker Point.
  • LEARN about the island's history at the Rottnest Island Museum, Lomas Cottage, Pilot Boat House, Vincent Way and Salt Store.
  • ENCOUNTER a variety of wildlife including birdlife, quokkas and dolphins.
  • EXPLORE the world beneath the waves on the Underwater Explorer (September – May).
  • JOIN a 90 minute adventure cruise (November – April).
  • CLIMB the Wadjemup Lighthouse for the ultimate views across the whole island.
  • RIDE the train to view the maze of tunnels beneath the WWII gun emplacement on Oliver Hill.

GETTING AROUND

On Rottnest Island, bikes are the transportation of choice and can be hired or you can bring your own by ferry from the mainland for a small fee. The island is only 11km long and 4.5km wide making it easy to explore with a number of great trails to follow.

If traversing by bike doesn't appeal, you can also enjoy the journey by air-conditioned coach on the Island Explorer. This hop-on/hop-off service runs daily and with 18 stops on the agenda, takes you to many of the secluded bays and secret hideaways located around the island. Day passes for this service can be purchased from the Rottnest Island Visitors Centre.

Or combine 'Bike and Bus' – bike until you are tired and leave it at a bus stop and enjoy the bus ride back to the settlement. Ideal for families or beginner cyclists. The visitor centre is also a great place to book a number of tours. Choices range from historic train journeys, lighthouse tours, underwater explorations, segway tours and glass bottom boat rides. Visit rottnestisland.com for more.

A WATER PLAYGROUND

Not surprisingly, water activities play a major role in island life - from snorkelling and diving to fishing, surfing, boating, kayaking, sailing and swimming!

With just over 135 species of vibrant tropical fish and 20 species of coral, heading below the surface is a truly worthwhile experience. The Island boasts the world's most southerly corals seasoned divers will be happy to know that just off the coast slumbers a vast graveyard of over 13 shipwrecks waiting to be explored. Informational plaques can be found alongside the wrecks and are complemented by onshore plaques indicating their location for those that don't want to brave the depths.

Rottnest is also renowned for surfing with some of the best breaks in the world found at Strickland Bay. Surfing season is at its best from May to October and boards are available for hire from Rottnest Island Peddle & Flipper. Also during the warmer months, families can climb, slide and jump on the inflatable, floating Just 4 Fun Aqua Park in North Thompson Bay.

ROTTNEST ISLAND FUN

Rottnest Island also offers endless fun on land. Kids can challenge friends and family to a round of mini golf, jump on trampolines and play arcade games at the Family Fun Park or watch the latest release blockbuster movies at the Picture Hall. Adults can play a round of lawn bowls or golf at the newly renovated Rottnest Island Country Club before relaxing at the Rottnest Island Karma Spa.

When it comes to food and drink, you'll be spoilt for choice. From sweeping ocean views and fresh seafood at Aristos Waterfront Restaurant and Hotel Rottnest; great coffee at The Lane, Dome Café and Geordie's Café; delicious pub grub at Govenor's Bar and Riva Restaurant and Courthouse Bar to casual bites from Subway, Rottnest Bakery and The General Store are more.

WALKING TRAILS & TOURS

Explore the island following one of the many bike and walk trails that criss-cross the island (pick up a map from the visitor centre), explore the new Wadjemup Walk Trail or join one of the free guided walking tours run by the Rottnest Island Volunteer Guides which start from the flagpole south of the Visitor Centre - look for the guide in a yellow shirt!

Bike & walk trails

  • Bickley Battery Heritage Trail (Military)
  • Oliver Hill Heritage Trail (Military)
  • Rottnest Ship Wrecks Heritage Trail – Land and Water
  • Colonial Buildings Heritage Trail
  • Parker Point Loop Environmental Trail
  • Signal Ridge Heritage Trail

Wadjemup Walk Trail

The spectacular 50 kilometre Rottnest Island Wadjemup Walk Trail will greatly enhance the Rottnest Island experience and become a major environmental, cultural and tourism show piece for Western Australia. Three of the five sections are now completed.

Rottnest Island free guided tours

  • Reefs and Sailors Tour
  • Vlaming Lookout and Salt Lakes Walk
  • Bickley Battery Walk
  • Quokka Walk
  • History of the Settlement

WHAT'S ON AT ROTTNEST ISLAND

Check out some of the great events coming up on Rottnest Island.
  • Rottnest Island Beneteau Cup

    Rottnest Island | Dates: 12 – 13 Sep, 2015
    The 3rd annual Rottnest Island Beneteau Cup hits the crystal clear shores of Rottnest Island on 12 & 13 September. Keep an eye out for the beautiful fleet offshore. Beneteau is the largest yacht producer in the world and recently celebrated its 130 year birthday.
  • Rottofest

    Rottnest Island | Dates: 18 – 20 Sep, 2015
    Rottofest, the annual weekend festival of comedy, film and music on Rottnest Island. Whether you're biking it from a comedy show to see some of the freshest music acts going around, exploring the Island or just chilling out in your pad with friends, Rottofest has you covered. It’s your festival, your way.
  • The West Australian Race Around Rottnest

    Rottnest Island | Dates: 17 – 17 Oct, 2015
    This year's The West Australian Race Around Rottnest will be the biggest event yet thanks to the introduction of new event categories and distances for the event on Saturday 17 October. The mini adventure race includes four fun filled and challenging stages and participants have the chance to tackle the course individually or as a team of up to 4 people.
  • Rottnest Island Multisport Festival (F1 Community Triathlon)

    Rottnest Island | Dates: 18 – 18 Oct, 2015
    Take part in this new and challenging event run by XO Size Events on Rottnest Island on Sunday 18 October. There will be a sprint course (500m swim/20km ride/5km run) or test your fitness and stamina in the long course (2km/ 80km ride / 20km run).

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Rottnest Island accommodation

Rottnest Island accommodation

Accommodation ranges from camping to bungalows, and villas to comfortable serviced apartments making Rottnest the perfect place to spend a relaxed few hours or an indulgent few days.
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Rottnest Island attractions

Cycle around the island, enjoy a drink overlooking the sparkling blue ocean, play a round of golf or mini-golf, explore the many fantastic bays and beaches or see a movie.
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Rottnest Island tours

Explore Rottnest Island on an underwater cruise, wildlife and adventure cruise, Segway Tour, bus discovery tour, whale watching tour, or spectacular scenic flight.
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