Rottnest Island Must Do's
• Revelling in the stunning beauty of Rottnest’s 63 pristine beaches and 20 bays many of which offer... more »
Rottnest Island Must Do's
• Revelling in the stunning beauty of Rottnest’s 63 pristine beaches and 20 bays many of which offer... more » blissful seclusion - perfect for a wade, swim, snorkel or sun bake.
• Hiring a bike and exploring this care-free Island by peddle power.
• Diving or snorkelling the spectacular reefs and shipwrecks in clear turquoise waters.
• Taking an action packed eco adventure cruise around the Island.
• Getting a bird’s eye-view of Rottnest taking off from the Island’s own airstrip.
• Walking tours with knowledgable guides to have a close encounter with quokka's and learn about the Island's amazing history.
• Touring the Island in climate controlled comfort with expert commentary on the Discovery Bus Tour.
• Climbing the regal Wadjemup Lighthouse for the ultimate views across the whole Island.
• Explore the maze of tunnels beneath the impressive WWII gun emplacement. less «
Tips: Visit www.rottnestisland.com for further information.
Rottnest is blessed with some of the most picturesque beaches, secluded bays and sheltered coves in the world. The Basin, Thomson Bay, Pinky Beach and Salmon Bay are particularly popular with young families.
The Island's Bayseeker 'Hop On and Hop Off' bus service takes you to whichever beach or cove takes your fancy and you'll often have it all ... Moreto yourself.
Even if you are not a confident swimmer, you can enjoy wading in the warm waters of the many bays and beaches protected by reef.Less
As well as sheltered lagoons for novices, Rottnest Island also features a number of marked reef trails for the more experienced snorkeller, such as the popular Parker Point and Kingstown reefs.
If snorkelling is not your thing, you can still explore the amazing under water world of tropical fish, stingrays and beautiful coral only meters off the... More beach with a vuboard.
You may even bump into one of our playful fur seals or friendly dolphins who live in the waters surrounding the Island. Equipment can be hired from Rottnest Island Bike and Hire.Less
With the warm Leeuwin current from the north brushing by, Rottnest boasts unique coral and tropical marine life normally only found further to the north.
With many marine sanctuary sites, Rottnest can provide an unrivalled diving experience. Dive charters are available from the Island on board Charter 1. A two hulled catamaran perfect for both... More dive and snorkel charters is a great way to explore the Island from the water.
Dive tank refills are available at Rottnest Island Bike and Hire.
A mecca for surfers, the waves off Rottnest are some of the best in Australia. In fact, Strickland Bay has been ranked in the top 50 breaks in the world. The surfing season is at its best through the low season (May-October) when visitors can also take advantage of great accommodation packages.
The www.wannasurf.com.au website is a good source of... More information about the best surf breaks.
Boards and wetsuits can be hired from Rottnest Island Bike and Hire while the Bayseeker bus will get you and your board to the best spots.Less
Part of the Island’s 'get back to basics' and 'take it easy' charm is the lack of traffic. Unique to Rottnest, private vehicles are not permitted on the Island so the most popular way of getting around is to take the visitors take the traditional two-wheel option. You can bring your own or hire on the Island. Everything from classic mountain bikes... More, tandems and baby trailers. You can also hire electric gofers so there is no excuse not to get out and enjoy yourself.
The new Bike and Bus deal is very popular as it guarantees the return of your bike from whichever bus stop around the Island you leave it at when you or the kids run out of puff! Perfect for those who haven't ridden in a while.
Rottnest Island Bike and Hire also offer a bicycle repair and recovery service.Less
Always a favourite pastime on Rottnest, even beginners have a good chance of a catch. No need for a boat with great spots like the Army Jetty easily accessible. Fishing gear can be purchased at the Rottnest General Store and Geordie Bay General Store and unless you are after abalone or crayfish you don't even need a licence.
Quokkas are active in the morning and night but during the heat of the day, these cute little marsupials can usually be spotted seeking shade under the trees around the Settlement.
During the autumn and winter months (March to August) young joeys may be seen peeking from their mother’s pouch and come spring (September to November), bravely... More hopping around exploring their new world.
A great way to encounter the Island’s famous furry residents is to join the Rottnest Voluntary Guides at the Salt Store for a guided Quokka Walk.Less
Part of and ancient system of unmarked ocean paths that circle the globe, the Humpback Highway is the world's largest. Approximately 35,000 Humpback whales passing by Rottnest around April each year on their way from Antarctica to the warmer waters and rich feeding grounds off Western Australia’s Kimberly region.
On their return trip during... More September to November, the whales and their newborn calves spend much of their time playing in the protected Rottnest waters gaining strength and learning all the things a young whale needs to know before returning to the colder southern waters.
You can often see them from the Island itself or get up close and personal on a whale watching cruise.
For more information see Oceanic Cruises or Rottnest Fast Ferries.Less
The picturesque main Settlement area is full of historic charm and fascinating stories. Visitors can wander by themselves or join one of the walking tours that will take them on a journey through time. Walk down Vincent way, the oldest continuously inhabited streetscape in Australia.
Drop into the old Salt Store which now hosts exhibitions year ... Moreround or visit the Pilot Boat House to hear the stories of those who perished and those who survived the many shipwrecks that surround the Island. View the full size replica of the original Pilot Boat that guided many more ships safely to Fremantle.
The often turbulent history of the Settlement as a prison and holiday Island can be seen juxtaposed beside each other in this unique man-made landscape.
While browsing the Settlement shops don’t miss the Rottnest Island Museum. Housed in the original hay shed and granary built in 1857, this historic building provides a fascinating insight into the Island's history and unique environment with an array of exhibits and expert knowledge from the Rottnest Island Voluntary Guides.Less
An easy bike ride or quick trip on the Bayseeker bus, Wadjemup Lighthouse is well worth a visit. Presiding over the Island this elegant structure is open to the public daily for guided tours that explore its history and culminates in a heady climb to the top up the beautiful spiral stairway for stunning 360 degree views literally to the edge of... More the world.Less
An impressive reminder of Rottnest’s history as a military base that was essential to the protection of Australia during the second World War. The Oliver Hill Gun emplacement and underground tunnel system is the last of its kind in the world still found in its original condition and placement.
The massive 9.2 inch gun crowns what is a feat of... More military engineering in that the entire hill was removed and rebuilt to house the armouries, map and other operations rooms.
Tours run daily from the Settlement where you board the delightful Captain Hussey train for a leisurely 20 minute ride to the top before joining the guided tour of the gun and subterranean tunnels.Less
If your time on Rottnest is limited (or perhaps bikes just aren’t your thing) then the quickest way to see all the Island has to offer is to take a Discovery Coach Tour.
Cruise in climate controlled comfort as you head out to West End, stopping at beautiful Parker Point look out, past the magnificent osprey nests and stunning views of the... More Island’s southern coast. Visit the Wadjemup Lighthouse for a great photo opportunity, all the while enjoying full commentary on the Island’s unique history, environment, heritage and wildlife.Less
Apart from the obvious coastal beauty of the Island's coastline and marine environment, when you enter the interior of the Island you will discover an amazing ancient landscape.
Once connected to the Western Australian mainland, the Island’s rugged heart provides visitors with a whole new experience. Pink salt lakes, rolling sand hills and... More weathered trees sculpted by hundreds of years of ocean winds are home to a unique assortment of flora and fauna. Tree dwelling frogs and 19 varieties of snakes and lizards can often be seen basking in the warm Rottnest sun as well as a plethora of birdlife including the majestic osprey, cheeky rock parrots, singing honey eaters and red-capped robin as well as annual visitors from lands far north of Australia such as Siberia.Less
Speeding across the waves and cruising through sheltered bays, passengers encounter abundance of wildlife, including the island’s very own playful colony of New Zealand fur seals.
Listen to real-time commentary as the seals feed and play, and see the majestic osprey swoop and glide.
From September to early December the tour ventures out to the... More whale watching zone, treating you to a view of migrating Humpback and Southern Right whales.
Open every day for a little old fashioned fun, the Family Fun Park brings back favourites such as Mini Putt Putt, Pinball machines, Air Hockey, Space Invaders and that all time favourite, Pac-Man.
You can also enjoy a game of giant chess or take advantage of the book, game and puzzle exchange service for those quiet nights in.
A civilised game of bowls at sunset is the perfect finish to the day or if you prefer, hire the course at night for a special experience.
Equipment and bookings from Rottnest Island Bike and Hire.
Accommodation on Rottnest is highly sought after but there is something to suit everyone’s budget and availability year round.
You can bunk at the Hostel or pitch a tent at one of the registered camp ground sites. For more comfort you can book one of the Island's affordable self-contained villas, cottages, cabins or bungalows. Top of the range... More are the heritage cottages and superior view villas which literally hang out over the bays.
You can also stay at Hotel Rottnest in executive style rooms just steps from the beach or Rottnest Lodge where you have the choice of 80 rooms that range from Heritage doubles and singles to Premium Lake views.
Just hit the web site of one of the three accommodation providers to secure an overnight or long stay on Rottnest.Less
When it comes to eating out there is something for every taste and budget. Pick up a healthy roll or Pizza at Subway, visit the iconic Rottnest Bakery for a sumptuous pie or sweet sensation all baked fresh each day, or enjoy a late breakfast at Dome or the Island's health food specialist, Quokka Joe's.
Aristos Waterfront specialises in Western... More Australian seafood while Hotel Rottnest offers a great casual menu featuring succulent steak and delicious tasting plates, both with spectacular views across Thomson bay.
Not to be left behind, Marlins Restaurant at the Rottnest Lodge provides an al a carte menu in a restaurant setting.
For a more laid back atmosphere, there's Gov's Bar. Here you can place a bet on your favourite sport at the registered TAB while enjoying a pint of your favourite lager and a great traditional Australian style pub menu.Less
All that Rottnest has to offer is only 30 minutes from Fremantle by ferry. Regular services run from Fremantle, City and Hillarys in the northern suburbs.
You may be lucky enough to spot dolphins or whales on your ride over.
You can also board a plane or helicopter to capture incredible views of Fremantle, the southern beaches and Rottnest as... More you cruise above the Indian Ocean before arriving in style at Rottnest Island.Less