Meet the happiest little animal on earth, the Quokka!
Affectionately known as Rotto by the locals, Rottnest Island is Perth's closest island paradise. Surrounded by sparkling turquoise waters, it is home to the happiest little animal on earth – the quokka. The only native mammal on Rottnest Island, quokkas cannot be found anywhere else on earth, making it truly unique.
Rottnest Island - home of the quokka
This amazingly diverse location packs a lot into its small size. As soon as you set foot on the jetty, you’ll begin to relax. Just 11 km in length and 4.5 km in width, the island is jam-packed with exciting leisure options for adventure seekers!
Australian Traveller magazine Top 100 - #14 Rottnest Island, where you can meet the friendliest local – the quokka
Brilliant Breaks on Rottnest Island
Go For A Day
Family day tickets. Take the kids on an awesome family adventure and discover Rottnest Island. Our special FREE Rottnest Island ferry fares for kids mean it has never been more affordable to visit. Hop aboard, and in no time you will be sidling up to the friendliest animal on earth for your very own quokka selfie. Don’t forget to pack your bathers if you’re planning a dip in the pristine blue waters that surround the island.
Go For A Day
Ferry + Bike. Hiring a bike is one of the best ways to see Rottnest Island at your own pace. There are no private vehicles on the island so it’s safe for people of all ages. See the sites you want to see and stop at the beaches and bays you want to swim at. You will want as much time as possible to explore Rotto and to meet the friendly locals and the cute quokkas. Book your Rottnest bike hire with your ferry ticket to skip the queues.
$30 per adult for bike hire.
Go For A Day
Segway tours. Guided Segway tours offer a unique way to see Rottnest Island. Glide along the safe beachside paths to explore the pristine bays and beaches, including The Basin which is one of Rottnest Island’s most picturesque swimming spots. Stop off at some of Rotto’s famous photo spots. And you can stop anytime to take your very own quokka selfie to send to friends and family.
From $161 per adult*.
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Rottnest Island Bayseeker. This experience takes you on an expert-guided tour to see the unique flora and fauna and the many striking beaches. You will learn about the history of Rottnest Island visiting the must-see spots such as the Wadjemup Lighthouse, Henrietta Rocks, the majestic lookout points at Cathedral Rocks and Cape Vlamingh. There’s plenty of time to grab your very own quokka selfie too.
From $116 per adult*.
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Wild seafood experience. Blend two of Western Australia’s best attractions − Rottnest Island and the Western Rock Lobster – on this ultimate luxury adventure. You’ll have the finest vantage point to see the island’s stunning coastline, dotted with beautiful beaches, bays and reefs as you feast on the freshest local seafood catch cooked on-board while you enjoy amazing local wines.
From $291 per adult*.
Go For A Night
Glamp with the family. Take the family for a luxurious glamping night away in one of the most breathtaking coastal locations in Australia. Feel like your hundreds of miles away as you re-imagine the great Australian family getaway in an eco-resort where you can disconnect from the world and reconnect with what really matters.
From $571 per night* (Superior Family Tent).
Go For Longer
Brilliant Glamping from just $268pp*. Affectionately known as Rotto by the locals, Rottnest Island is Perth's closest island paradise. Surrounded by sparkling turquoise waters, it is home to the happiest little animal on earth – the quokka. The only native mammal on Rottnest Island, quokkas cannot be found anywhere else on earth, making it truly unique.
From $268 per person*.
Go For Longer
Brilliant West Coast from just $268pp*. Just 11 km in length and 4.5 km in width, the island is jam-packed with exciting leisure options for adventure seekers! Rottnest Island has 63 beaches and 20 bays to choose from. You are spoilt for choice when it comes to swimming, surfing, snorkelling or diving amongst amazing marine life and limestone reefs.
From just $268 per person*.
Go For Longer
Glamp with premium ocean views. Imagine camping under a million stars in pure luxury. Wake up to premium ocean views of Rottnest Island’s breathtaking coastlines. Enjoy your very own private deck or laze by the resort pool. You will feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle as you soak up the fresh air and feel the daily stresses simply melt away.
From $372 per person for two nights* (Deluxe Tent).
Experience the stunning beauty of ‘Rotto’ in all its grandeur. Take in the amazing beaches and bays, the incredible salt lakes, the Island’s cultural and historical heritage as well as its maritime and military history. And don’t forget to meet the friendliest locals you will ever find – the quokka.
For history enthusiasts, taking a guided tour of the impressive Oliver Hill Gun Fortification and Tunnels is an absolute must. It’s a place at the centre of Rottnest Island that played a crucial role in Australia’s military defence during World War II. The tunnel trolley train will take you to the heart of the story.
Before you head to Rottnest Island for a day trip or holiday, spend some time discovering the urban cool and eclectic experiences on offer in Perth. From the historic port town of Fremantle, buzzing with trendy cafes and bars, to the stunning Cottesloe beach popular with swimmers and snorkelers, Perth has it all!
Best things to see and do on Rottnest Island
Off the shores of Rottnest Island, snorkelling is a hugely popular activity. Popular snorkelling spots include The Basin, Parakeet Bay, Parker Point, Little Salmon Bay and Little Armstrong Bay.
From September to November, come see the whales off Rottnest Island. There’s no better way to experience the majesty of these beautiful animals as they glide through the blue waters than on a whale-watching cruise.
For history enthusiasts, a guided tour of the Rottnest Island tunnel system and Oliver Hill Gun Fortification is an absolute must. This military infrastructure played a crucial role in Australia’s defence during World War II.
Are you a thrillseeker looking for a truly breathtaking and unforgettable experience? Take to the air for an adrenaline-fuelled Rottnest Island skydive adventure.
Delight in the flavours of fabulously fresh, locally caught seafood for a real taste of the ocean. The Western Rock Lobster is a local favourite and a particular treat.
Take a ride to the Rottnest Island lighthouse. Originally built in 1849, a replacement tower was constructed on the same site in 1896 to become Australia’s first rotating-beam lighthouse.
Ever wanted to walk on water? Of all the Rottnest Island tours, exploring the shoreline upon a sea-bike has to be the most unique. There are plenty of opportunities for photos and to learn about the island’s history and marine life.
If you have a need for speed, book a seat on the Eco Express for a 45-minute thrill ride. This high octane boat adventure takes you around the coastline and leaves your heart thumping.
Stunning Natural Beauty
Rottnest Island has 63 beaches and 20 bays to choose from. You are spoilt for choice when it comes to swimming, surfing, snorkelling or diving amongst amazing marine life and limestone reefs. With many sheltered bays, Rotto is ideal for young families to safely dive in and explore this underwater playground.
The Wadjemup Lighthouse and Oliver Hill Battery on Rottnest Island will appeal to history lovers. For stunning natural beauty, add Henrietta Rocks, Cape Vlamingh and the majestic Cathedral Rocks to your sightseeing plans.
Wildlife and Nature
However, while there are many reasons to make the half-hour voyage from Perth to Rottnest Island, it’s the quokka who is the star attraction. A quokka selfie is a highly sought-after experience!
Wetlands are home to many of Rottnest Island’s animals. A large variety of birds and frogs inhabit the salt lake ecosystem. And if you get tired of sparkling blue oceans, take a detour to see Rottnest Island’s pink lakes.
When on Rottnest Island, bike hire is the easiest way to explore the sights. To ride around the entire island (22kms) you would need between 3-5 hours, alternatively there are shorter routes available. If cycling isn’t your thing, catch one of the regular hop-on, hop-off buses. Rottnest Island segway hire provides another fun option to zip about in style and explore the breathtaking scenery and hidden island treasures.
Rottnest Camping and Glamping
Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the opportunity to set up a tent at one of the Rottnest Island camping sites. There’s a great selection of options from basic unpowered sites, to the more glamorous Rottnest Island glamping deluxe tents, complete with kitchenettes, ensuites and king-sized beds. Enjoy the island's simple pleasures - quality time with family and friends, sunshine, swimming and serenity in a natural environment.