Rottnest Island

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Perth, Australia

Rottnest Island Perth Reviews

RobLeeds RobLeeds
2 reviews
Unmissable Gem of a place Jan 14, 2014
Rottnest Island is a beautiful small island located just of the coast of Perth. It boasts idyllic beaches with clear waters, providing an excellent venue for snorkling and diving. Quokkas inhabit Rottnest and they are a small marsupial a bit like a minature Kangaroo. There are no cars allowed on Rottnest so it's best to hire bikes or there is a bus that runs regularly around the Island. The ferry costs about $60-$70 dollars return and you do get the bonus to do some whale watching if it's the right season. However they don't run to late so the better value is to book accommodation or camp to maximise your time on the island.
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adventure4ever adventur…
7 reviews
Perths Island Paradise Jun 28, 2011
When in Perth if you have the time this is the place for you.

Rottnest Island is located 18km off the coast of Perth.

There are two choices to get out to the island either by boat or plane.

The “Rottnest Express” has several boat trips daily; they operate from two points in Perth. For a round trip you’re looking around $80 AUD per person but can sometimes get it for less. They also offer boat tours on smaller boats and little trips.

Rottnest Express also hire out Snorkelling and Bikes (Do not there are no operating vehicles on the island except 5 support vehicles.) I found that they had the best quality bikes for hire.

Via plane can be from any air port in Perth, you will just need to shop around.

Try and spend more then a day there if you can!!

ON The Island

There is allot of things to do and see too many to list here but with other reviews and websites hopefully you will find everything you need to know

There is no dive shop on the island so if you are an avid diver you will need to take gear with you. There is a dive shop at the Rottnest Express Freemantle dock. Diving here is great as there are plenty of wrecks and wild life for photos. There is also dive charters available to take you around to different spots, this is the way to go rather than doing a shore entry.

There is plenty of snorkelling gear available to hire but if you are not one for sharing pick up a cheap $20 set from the dive shop at the Freemantle port it worked out cheaper for the time I was there and was more hygienic. I would highly recommend this as I have always been one for diving and it is really amazing here. The key is swim out a bit further then most and I found there was caverns, holes and swim thru caves. Only do this if you are a good swimmer.

You are able to hire bikes on the island although I found the bikes were a bit aged but they had a far better range. Do pay the $3 more for a multi gear bike rather than a single speed bike as it makes it easier. Biking around the island will take a whole day if you can stay overnight.

For the less able there is a mini buss that you can pay a small amount and hope on travelling from beach to beach which is great if you do not want to bike and you can see allot more faster the buss just keeps going in a circle you can hope on and off as much as you like all day.

Scenic flights are available on the island to get some great aerial photos.

During the summer you can swim in just togs and have a great time, I found it was 2 degrees colder then Perth which I loved as Perth was up around 37 at that time.

There is great food on the island. If you want a good meal and not pay through the roof you have two choices either fast food, subway and red roaster are on the island or go to the hotels restaurant. I found the other restaurants on the island are a bit expensive.

Accommodation on the island

There are currently 3 choices the back packer, Rottnest Hotel and the lodge. Check out my review on the hotel for more information.

Do note you will need to take water with you around the island as out of the township there is no other water areas.

There is lots of tours available just check them out.


This is a must visit. It is great for photos and an amazing place to relax and if you have a partner it is a real get away. Get a bike and go for a ride. Jump in the water.

dyron_888 says:
so nice :)
I am planning to go here for a day tour.
Posted on: Feb 28, 2012
jootjuh222 jootjuh2…
1 reviews
Beautiful and relaxing Mar 19, 2011
When you're in Perth make sure you pay a visit to Rottnest island. It's a small island where no car's are allowed. Rent a bike on the shore and cycle your way around the island. The ferry is fairly expensive, but it's surely worth visiting!
mikey_mike mikey_mi…
2 reviews
rottnest island Mar 14, 2011
Great beaches, no cars, usually good surf, good snorkelling and quokkas..whats not to love!.

Needs particular winds for the surf to work but have a look on the net and you'll usually find somewhere that is pumping.
diza505 diza505
3 reviews
Rottnest Islan Perth Jan 22, 2011
Been there Nov 2010. Its a right time for Whale watching by cruise and you can straight to Rottnest Island its beach like heaven with no one will bother you.
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rufusvb rufusvb
3 reviews
Beautiful: Rottnest Island Mar 30, 2008
You can go to Rottnest Island for only 80 australian Dollars.

That sounds expensive, but it is worth every cent of the money!

for 80 dollars you'll have the ferry to the Island, snorkel gear and a bike to cycle around the island.

I spend there one day to cycle around en snorkel at some beautiful places. I love that Island!
view over the island, from top hill

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