Day Trips to Rottnest Island

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  • From Fremantle: Rottnest Island Ferry & Admission

    1. From Fremantle: Rottnest Island Ferry & Admission

    Visit Rottnest Island with same-day or extended-return ferry tickets departing from Fremantle. Choose from multiple departure times to maximize your time on the island. Board the ‘Quokka 1’ ferry, the newest and most environmentally-friendly vessel servicing Rottnest Island. Enjoy the 35-minute fast-ferry crossing in air-conditioned comfort with free WiFi. Kick start your island adventure with a beverage, light snack and tea or coffee from the fully-stocked bar onboard (at own cost). On arrival at the island, spend your day exploring. Enjoy a wide range of activities including bike riding, snorkeling and guided tours. Purchase food from eateries or general stores on the island or bring along your own packed lunch.

    Rottnest island is amazing it has to be seen to be believed...it was my second time and just as good as before...one day isn’t enough!!

  • From Perth or Fremantle: Rottnest Island Ferry and Bus Tour

    2. From Perth or Fremantle: Rottnest Island Ferry and Bus Tour

    Explore the stunning beauty of Rottnest Island on a day trip with return ferry transfers from Fremantle or Perth. While there, enjoy an included 1-hour 45-minute bus tour in air-conditioned comfort and listen to live commentary as you discover the island's flora, fauna, and must-see locations.

    When booking, select your departure location from either Perth or Fremantle. If you depart from Perth, enjoy a Swan River scenic cruise past Fremantle and onward to Rottnest Island. Alternatively, board the ferry in Fremantle and enjoy the 35-minute journey to Rottnest Island.

    Upon arrival on the island, hop on board your bus tour. During the tour, take in Rottnest's amazing flora and fauna, including beaches, woodlands, and salt lakes. Learn about the island's colonial and maritime history from the live commentary, too.

    The bus tour covers all of Rottne...

    It was a wonderful experience in our trip that day!! Very much appreciated for the accommodations specially with our Tourist Guide Ted who feed us knowledge regarding the rottnest island history..

  • From Fremantle: Rottnest Island Ferry, Snorkel and Bike Hire

    3. From Fremantle: Rottnest Island Ferry, Snorkel and Bike Hire

    Arrive on the island and enjoy the freedom to explore Rottnest at your leisure. There’s plenty to see, do, and discover on the island, including over 63 beaches and 20 bays. Make the most of your bike and snorkel hire for the day by getting stuck into everything that the island has to offer. Set out on a cycling adventure across the island to discover some of the very best beaches in Western Australia. Spend some time relaxing on the white sandy beaches, or cool off with a refreshing dip in the sea. Grab your snorkel and set out in search of colorful sea life as you swim in the crystal-clear waters of the island. At the end of an action-packed day, head back to the ferry for your return trip.

    Amazing day trip to Rottnest Island. The boat only takes 30 mins and the bike rental place is 100m from the port. We did the whole loop around the island and it took us about 7 hours including stops. There is no drinking water in most part of the island, so make sure you bring loads of it with you.

  • Rottnest Island All-Inclusive Day Tour from Perth

    4. Rottnest Island All-Inclusive Day Tour from Perth

    See the best of Rottnest Island on this full-day, all-inclusive tour of Western Australia's most beautiful island, just 19 kilometers off the coast of Perth.  Begin your day at Hillary's Boat Harbor in Perth, where you can explore the harbor and savor a delicious morning tea before traveling to Rottnest Island. You will get there on a lightning-fast ocean crossing aboard the local partner's high-speed ferries. It is recommended to arrive at Hillary's Boat Harbor at 09:00 for the 10:00 ferry departure.  Then, discover everything this beautiful island has to offer on a 3.5-hour all-inclusive fully guided bus tour. Explore the stunning beauty of this A Class reserve in air-conditioned comfort, taking in the amazing fauna and flora of the island, stunning beaches, woodlands, and incredible salt lakes - all ending in a unique historic train ride. Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch as part of th...

    Brilliant day. Only negative is chicken wrap had cheese in which wasn’t disclosed and I am allergic. Fantastic day. Highly recommend .

  • Rottnest Island: Snorkel and Sail Catamaran Adventure

    5. Rottnest Island: Snorkel and Sail Catamaran Adventure

    Experience the magic of Rottnest Island by luxury sailing catamaran. Sail the island’s stunning coastline and dive into an underwater paradise, with full snorkel gear included. Depart Rottnest Island's Thomson Bay, and enjoy a leisurely sail to a secluded bay. Cool down and hold on to the huge cargo net as you are pulled through the water on route. Anchored at the island’s top snorkel spots, find over 120 different species of tropical fish you can’t see along the metropolitan coastline. Look out for dolphins and the rare Australian sea lions throughout the day. Make use of kayaks and SUP boards which are also available for you. Enjoy a seasonal fruit platter as you sail you back to the jetty in time for the afternoon ferries.

    The snorkel and sail catamaran trip was very well organised. Staff were friendly and made the trip really fun and enjoyable.

  • Rottnest Grand Island Package with Ferry, Tour & Light Lunch

    6. Rottnest Grand Island Package with Ferry, Tour & Light Lunch

    The Rottnest grand island tour is the most comprehensive guided tour of the island allowing you to explore the stunning beauty of this A-class nature reserve. This tour includes a guided bus and train tour, taking in the amazing fauna and flora of the island, stunning beaches, woodlands, and incredible salt lakes. This 4-hour all-inclusive island tour with lunch takes in all of Rottnest’s must-see locations. Featuring the Wadjemup Lighthouse, Henrietta Rocks, Oliver Hill Gun Fortification and Tunnels and the majestic look-out point at the rugged Cathedral Rocks and Cape Vlamingh. All major habitats are covered on this amazing tour, including Rottnest’s cultural and historical heritage ranging from maritime and military history right up to future developments. When booking, you can select your departure location from either Perth or Fremantle. Depart from Perth at 8:30 AM and enjoy a Sw...

    Well organised ferry/bus/train connections. Nice light lunch provided. Good commentary from guides and volunteers. Abundant wildlife.

  • Rottnest Island Day Trip by Ferry & Adventure Boat Tour

    7. Rottnest Island Day Trip by Ferry & Adventure Boat Tour

    Enjoy a full-day adventure to Rottnest Island from Perth or Fremantle with ferry transfers, a 1.5-hour adventure boat tour, and free time to explore.  When booking, select your ferry departure location, either Perth or Fremantle. From Perth, you’ll enjoy a scenic 1-hour cruise with live commentary along the Swan River to Fremantle before heading to the island. Alternatively, join the ferry at Fremantle for just the 25-minute ride to Rottnest Island. Then embark on a 1.5-hour wildlife thrill ride aboard a purpose-built, high-powered vessel for the adventure of a lifetime.  This is the ultimate natural Rottnest adventure, with adaptive real-time commentary. Your guides are motivated and passionate about the island and feel privileged to be able to showcase this side of Rottnest. Your tour will take you on a complete circumnavigation of Rottnest Island, weather permitting. The experienc...

    It was a really terrific and exhilarating boat ride. The day weather wise was a lovely but hot one and being on the boat was very refreshing. We got to see the island from the perspective of the water and it looked beautiful. The water was clear and turquoise. The bays and beaches looked very inviting.

  • From Perth or Fremantle: Rottnest Explorer Segway Tour

    8. From Perth or Fremantle: Rottnest Explorer Segway Tour

    The experience includes your ferry transfer from either Perth or Fremantle, depending on the option chosen. Arrive at Rottnest Island and immediately feel immersed in the relaxed, holiday vibe of this idyllic location. Meet your friendly guide and get kitted out with the necessary gear for your Segway tour, then embark on a 1-hour island adventure. Glide along the spectacular Thomson Bay, admiring the boats and bathers, before reaching the iconic Rottnest Pub. Listen to stories about the island’s Colonial settlement, which dates back to the early 1800s. Leave the settlement and follow the coastal path, visiting popular bays and beaches along the way. The tour concludes at Kingstown Barracks, after which you can spend the rest of the day exploring on your own. Why not cool off from the heat and dive into the pristine island waters, or go in search of cute quokkas.

    loved this tour! The tour guide was very knowledgeable and informative about the landmarks , she even took us to a secret quokka hang out and helped us take photos on our segways - would highly recommend this tour to everyone

  • Rottnest Island: Tandem Skydive

    9. Rottnest Island: Tandem Skydive

    Tandem skydive over beautiful Rottnest Island from the altitude of your choice, 10,000, 14,000, or 15,000 feet, to enjoy 30 to 66-seconds of freefall while you see the island from a different perspective. Make your own way to Rottnest Island from Perth or Fremantle for your tandem skydive. Your experience begins with a warm welcome at the Rottnest Island Terminal Building at Rottnest Airfield, a 15-minute walk from the jetty.  After completing your paperwork, get harnessed up and receive a safety briefing, then head out to the plane to begin your exhilarating adventure.  Take in the incredible scenery from the plane as it climbs your chosen altitude then together with your instructor, you will free fall at 200km/hr for up to 66 seconds! Your instructor will deploy your parachute at 5,000 feet and you then enjoy a spectacular 5-minute parachute ride, before landing on the beach alongsid...

    Absolutely amazing experience, so glad I did it and bought the videos and pictures. It was totally worth it! There is no better place to skydive, it was insanely gorgeous.

  • Rottnest Fortress Adventure Segway Package

    10. Rottnest Fortress Adventure Segway Package

    Enjoy a unique journey through Rottnest Fortress on this 1.5-hour Segway tour. Go off road and explore Rottnest Island’s most spectacular bays, beaches and attractions on a Segway built for adventure.  Delve into the fascinating military history of Rottnest Island and visit the Bickley Battery gun emplacements and Jubilee lookout. View the natural habitat of the island as well as the pristine beaches and secluded bays, where there is plenty of stunning photo locations to stop at. The tour concludes back at Kingstown Barracks where you will have free time to do as you please.

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What people are saying about Rottnest Island

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 522 reviews

One of the best days we have spent so far in the West.From the ferry over to Rottnest the bus tour and back to Fremantle was easy and fantastic.

The guide was very informative. It was very well organised and good value for monet .

Very good tour, professional tour guide, clear schedule, helpful and rich commentary

Excellent bus tour. Sami was very informative with a dash of humour. We loved it.

Staff were very helpful and attentive. The ferry was clean