If you’ve got a couple of days in Perth up your sleeve, we highly recommend a day trip to Rottnest Island.
Rottnest Island is on Wadjemup country and means place across the water where the spirits are in the local Noongar language.
Rottnest Island is a secluded piece of paradise 19 km off the coast of Fremantle WA. The island has over 60 beaches and 20 bays so finding a secluded swimming spot is not too hard to find.
There’s great snorkelling, diving and surfing for those who love the mermaid life and there’s plenty to do on the shores too.
For independent travellers we recommend hiring a bike to cycle your way around the island. We loved the freedom to stop and enjoy beaches and share in private moments on the island.
We hired our bikes from Pedal and Flipper. You can hire an adult bike for the day for $30 at the time of writing.
You can also hire snorkelling and dive gear, paddle boards, crickets sets and loads more to make the most of your time on the island. You can learn more about bike and other hire on Rottnest here.
Rottnest is also the home of the adorable quokka. The quokkas are most active early morning and late afternoon but you can spot them finding shade during the warmest parts of the day.
They have become accustomed to humans so you may have a furry guest come to see you while you are on the beach but please do not feed them or disturb any of the wildlife. All flora and fauna on the island are protected.
This is an extract from RottnestIsland.com and information worth noting – anyone who deliberately interferes with (including feeding) wildlife on Rottnest Island will be fined $150 on the spot under the Rottnest Island Authority Act 1987 and potentially prosecuted under the Wildlife Conservation Act 1950 with fines up to $10,000. Acts of animal cruelty may result in fines up to $50,000 and 5 years imprisonment under the Animal Welfare Act 2002.
How to get to Rottnest Island
The Rottnest Express is a short ferry ride from Perth to Rottnest Island. Depart from Barrack Street Jetty with time’s varying on the season. Your ticket will cost you $45 per adult each way.
Where to eat and stay?
There’s limited accommodation on the island so book ahead of time if you’re considering extending your stay.
Enjoy the many cafes and eateries in the food court which is close to the jetty. We suggest grabbing a snack upon arrival to take in your packs and exploring the island in a clockwise direction. This way you’ll end back at the cafes for a late lunch.
For more information on staying on Rottnest Island visit RottnestIsland.com
Watch our Instagram reel below to get a sense of the beauty of Rottnest Island.
We enjoyed exploring Rottnest Island and we love hearing about your experiences. We are eager to know what you recommended to do on Rottnest Island.