Rottnest Island, Western Australia © Tourism Western Australia
Guide to Rottnest Island
- Getting to Rottnest Island
- When to visit
When it’s time to relax and recharge, swap the rush of the city for an idyllic escape on Rottnest Island.
Located just 19km (12mi) off the coast of Perth, Rottnest Island’s tranquil setting will make you feel a world away. Rotto, as the locals call it, is a protected nature reserve boasting an abundance of unique flora and fauna, including spectacular marine life and the island’s most famous resident – the adorable quokka. Discover rich cultural heritage, explore white-sand beaches and swim and snorkel in pristine waters, all in this little pocket of paradise.
To reach Rottnest Island from Perth, catch a ferry or private air transfer. Ferries depart from three nearby harbours, each accessible by public transport, car or taxi.
- Ferries departing from Perth (Barrack Street Jetty) take approximately 90 minutes
- Ferries departing from the suburb of Fremantle take approximately 30 minutes
- Ferries departing from Hillarys Boat Harbour, 20 minutes north of Perth, take 45 minutes
- Scenic helicopter and seaplane flights are also available to the island
Rottnest Island is car-free, so the best way to get around is by bike, which you can hire on the island. Bus tours, shuttle services and walking tours are also available.
Like much of Western Australia, Rottnest Island’s weather is near perfect all year round. The lowest rainfall happens during the summer, and this is generally the most popular time to visit the island. In fact, accommodation for the Christmas period regularly books out months in advance, so plan ahead!
- High season: Summer (November to January)
- Low season: Winter (June to August)
- Don’t miss: The chance to spot baby quokkas from April to December