Imagine yourself on an island, standing in warm crystal clear water, your feet sinking into the almost perfect white sand, the warm sun beating down on you from cloudless skies, and almost no one else around. That is what you can find on Rottnest Island for three seasons of the year.
Located just off the coast of Fremantle in Western Australia, this beautiful island often makes you feel like you are somewhere in the Mediterranean. Although popular in the warmer months with locals and tourists alike, this is the sort of island where you can easily find yourself a secluded beach all to yourself at almost any time of the year.
I’ve visited Rottnest Island many times in my life, and during my last visit with my wife and brother-in-law I had memories flooding back of school excursions and family trips to the island. It is still just as exciting and beautiful to visit now as it was when I was a kid. We took a day trip to the island, taking the ferry from Fremantle and renting bikes on the island. We spent the rest of the day cycling around the island, exploring its beautiful white sand beaches, turquoise water and stunning scenery, and meeting the cute little Quokkas that are unique to Rottnest. At the end of the day we sat and had a beer at Hotel Rottnest, looking out over Thompson Bay while awaiting the afternoon ferry.
If you travel to Perth in Western Australia, make sure to take a trip out to Rottnest Island. It is simply stunning. If you aren’t sure, I’m here to change your mind with these photos from my last trip to the island. There really is no other place like “Rotto” 🙂
Are you ready to head to Rottnest Island now? Here’s how.
How to travel to Rottnest Island
Fast ferries (Rottnest Express) run several times each day from/to the port at Fremantle and the pier on the Swan River in Perth. There is also another ferry company (Rottnest Fast Ferries) that runs between Rottnest and Hillary’s. The return ticket from Fremantle costs $77, although if you book in advance you can sometimes find promo deals.
Two other options to get to Rottnest are to fly (yes there is an airstrip on the island) or, if you’re lucky enough to own your own boat, you can take yourself to the island.
Getting around Rottnest Island
In my opinion the absolute best way to get around Rottnest Island is cycling. The island is small enough to cycle all of the way around, and the main road is sealed. Cycling allows you the freedom to go where ever you like on the island and discover those secluded little coves and beaches. You can rent bikes on the island for $30 per day, or you can take your own bike over on the ferry. If you don’t want to cycle there is a bus service that goes around the island stopping at the major spots. A day pass costs $20. Walking is an option if you just want to explore the beaches and bays closer to the main settlement. Believe it or not there is also a train on the island that runs from the Thompson Bay settlement to the top of Oliver Hill. The train tickets cost $10.
Rottnest Island Accommodation
If you want to spend a few days on Rotto, there are plenty of accommodation options from camping and hostel accommodation to self contained cottages and bungalows. You can even have a luxurious water view. It isn’t cheap to stay on Rottnest, but that’s the price you pay for staying on an island paradise. Prices start from $36 per person per night for a campsite.
Rottnest Island info and bookings: rottnestisland.com