Start your day early – you’ll want all the time you can get on Rottnest Island. Take the 25-minute ferry ride from Fremantle, hop off at the other end and get ready for a day of sun, sand and quokkas.
The best way to get around the island is by bike (the island is car-free). You can hire bikes on the island at Pedal and Flipper, or you can jump aboard the Island Explorer bus. Before you head off to adventure the island, stop in at Rottnest Bakery (they’re famous for their jam and cream doughnuts). Where you head next is up to you. With over 63 secluded beaches and 20 bays, Rottnest is a perfect destination for any water sports from swimming to diving, fishing and surfing. Some of the most famous beaches include The Basin, Little Parakeet Bay, Little Salmon Bay and Geordie Bay. The Basin, with its shallow clear waters, is only 10 minutes from the main settlement and an underwater snorkelling playground. If you venture out into the reserve you can spend entire days exploring the endless unique bays and all that they have to offer.
Rottnest Island is a perfect location to see humpback and southern right whales as they make their annual migration along Western Australia's coastline. Best times: April, late August to November. One of the best places to view the whales is from the newly constructed West End Boardwalk, which is accessible by bike or the Island Explorer bus.
Don’t forget about the quokkas. Apart from a small colony on the mainland, they are found nowhere else on Earth. These tiny animals, related to wallabies, are found in abundance on the island, and have no fear of humans so will often come right up to visitors.