Rottnest Island, ‘Rotto’ as the locals lovingly call it is just a short ferry ride from the mainland and a world away from city life. For such a tiny island, this car-free and carefree reserve packs a lot of pleasure into a day of exploring Perth and Western Australia. Just 19 kilometres off the coast, ferries depart regularly from Fremantle, Perth’s Barrack Street Jetty and Hillarys Marina. You can opt for air transport too by helicopter or air taxi, or even cruise across in your own boat.
On the shores, there are 63 stunning beaches, 20 beautiful bays and many coral reefs and wrecks inviting you to enjoy some of Australia’s finest swimming spots, snorkel trails and surf breaks.
On dry land, you’ll meet the cutest mini marsupial, indigenous too Western Australia, the world-famous Quokka, and also many other unique plant and animal species.
With no cars or private transport on the roads, riding a bicycle is the best way to get around. The bicycles are available for hire at the ferry terminals and on the island. If that’s too much effort, hopping on and off the Bayseeker Bus which regularly runs around the island is your best choice. The course of the bus goes through few of the most secluded beaches and surf breaks.
Tours on land and sea offer memorable experiences. From wildlife encounters with quokkas, seals, ospreys and whales, and for the history buffs there are history and cultural tours bringing Rottnest’s colourful maritime, convict, colonial and World War II heritage. A stroll through the main settlement is a journey to the past as you pass by some of the early colonial cottages, including the Salt Store and Lomas Cottage, which dates back to the mid-1800s.
Thus, Rottnest remains one of the major tourist attractions in Perth, being a world on its own and an ideal place for people who want to stay away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Choices in various recreational activities including Skydiving, Boating, and many other types of adventure sports can be registered from within various locations of the island or even online. Other activities include golfing, archery and fun parks for families.
With the finest beaches and bays across Western Australia, visiting Rottnest Island will be an unforgettable holiday experience.
Some of the most popular beaches and bays include:
Fish Hook Bay
Rottnest Island is a perfect destination for any water sports from swimming to diving, fishing and surfing. Or if you just want to relax, there are plenty of amazing spots to just sit and enjoy your surroundings.
The Basin, with its shallow clear waters, is only 10 minutes from the main settlement and an underwater snorkelling playground. But if you are in a hurry to get straight into the water after your ferry, you better head straight to the sheltered waters of Thomson Bay. Based in the main settlement, it is very popular with families and has a roped off area for swimming.
A world within itself Rottnest is listed as one of the top attractions in and around Perth, along with King’s Park and others, all of which amplify Perth as a top tourist attraction in Western Australia.