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

    1. 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..

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

    2. 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 Segway 1-Hour Settlement Tour

    3. Rottnest Island Segway 1-Hour Settlement Tour

    Rottnest Island is an idyllic playground for the locals of Perth. Just a 25 minute Ferry journey from Fremantle or 40 minutes from Hillarys Boat Harbour, you’ll be at the island in no time. It has stunning beaches, pristine turquoise coloured water, and an untouched environment. Home to the Quokka and many other native species. After being trained to safely ride and operate your Segway, you will be taken on a journey of exploration through the Thomson Bay Settlement. Learn about the amazing and sometimes controversial history of this pristine island. Cruise on your Segway and absorb the picturesque vistas of the natural beauty of the island. From the stunning white sands of Bickley Bay to the view the turquoise waters from the Bathurst Lighthouse, what you experience will leave you spellbound and wanting more. The tour guides are all accredited, with some having won state and national ...

    Had an absolute awesome time exploring around the settlement on the segway with our fantastic instructor Justin. He was extremely knowledgeable of the area and made you feel relaxed whilst learning something new.

  • From Perth or Fremantle: Rottnest Explorer Segway Tour

    4. 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 Ferry & Bus Tour from Perth or Fremantle

    5. Rottnest Island Ferry & Bus Tour from Perth or Fremantle

    Enjoy a full-day adventure to Rottnest Island with ferry transfers from Perth or Fremantle, a 1.5-hour discovery bus 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 discovery bus tour where you will circumnavigate the whole Island and see all of its great sites and views. Relax on the air conditioned bus and enjoy the beauty and splendor of Rottnest Island's natural landscape. The passionate and knowledgeable guides will share with you all the best stories of the Island. It has a rich cultural and social history and you will get their expert interpretation.  After your tour, ...

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

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What people are saying about Rottnest Island

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 313 reviews

Rottnest Island is a fascinating place to visit, it is unique in a lot of different ways from beautiful scenery to unique animals like the quokkas, and numerous bird types. Plus an enjoyable trip on the ferry, the staff and volunteers are friendly and helpful and the eateries have very nice meals at reasonable prices. All in all a very good way to spend a day.

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.