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Immerse yourself in island life on Rottnest Island

Live in Perth
9th May 2024 StudyPerth
Live in Perth
9th May 2024 StudyPerth

Kaya Wandjoo Wadjemup. (Hello! Welcome to Rottnest Island). 

Rottnest Island, affectionately known as "Rotto" to locals and visitors, has no shortage of things to do and adventures to embark on. In the native Whadjuk Noongar language, the island is referred to as 'Wadjemup', meaning "place across the water where the spirits are." Rottnest has a small permanent population of only 100 people, but attracts around 500,000 visitors annually. It's the perfect haven for explorers, cyclists, and holidays alike. Read on to find out if Rottnest is your next destination, whether it's for a fun day trip or relaxing getaway.



Getting there

The best way to get to Rottnest is by ferry, and with regular ferry services departing to and from the island every day, getting there is a breeze. Ferries depart from Barrack Street Jetty in the CBD, Northport or B-Shed in Fremantle, and Hillarys Boat Harbour. Be sure to book your trip in advance to secure your island adventure. 

Check out Rottnest Express, Sealink, and Rottnest Fast Ferries for the latest pricing and timetable information. 


Thinking of staying for a few days? Rottnest offers an array of accommodation options from budget-friendly to luxurious. From the laid-back ambience of the Campground and Hostel & Dorms, to the comfort of Self-Contained Accommodation, and the luxury of Discovery Resorts and Samphire Rottnest, there's something for everyone. 


Things to do

There are a tonne of things to do on the island to make your trip a memorable one, and we've put together the highlights below to help you plan your visit. 



Quokka spotting

Rottnest has the world's largest population of Quokkas. Nocturnal by nature, they spend most of their day sleeping and resting under shady bushes. Keep your eye out for these adorable little creatures and be sure to take a selfie with one!




Embrace the island's car-free ethos as you enjoy 22 kilometres of scenic cycle paths. Whether you opt for the 4-kilometre Rotto Mini Loop or turn it up a notch for the exhilarating 22-kilometre Island Ride, cycling is the perfect way to see the incredible scenery the island has to offer. Bring your own bike, or hire one when you get there at Pedal & Flipper Hire




Dive into the crystal-clear, turquoise waters surrounding the island and discover the paradise that lies beneath the surface. With 400 different species of fish, green turtles, and colourful western rock lobsters, you're bound to meet all kinds of underwater friends. Popular snorkelling spots to check out include The Basin, Parakeet Bay, and Henrietta Rocks. For a guided snorkel trail, visit Little Salmon Bay or Parker Point, and allow the information panels attached to the seabed below to guide you. Bring your own mask, snorkel and flippers, or hire a set from Pedal & Flipper Hire



Free Guided Walking Tours

Get those steps in! Gain insights into the island's rich history and ecology with free walking tours departing daily. Head to the Rottnest Volunteer Guides Information Booth when you arrive on the island to find out what tours are on that day, or click here to plan ahead. Don't forget your water bottle, hat, sunglasses, enclosed shoes, and sunscreen. Walking tours are a great way to meet fellow travellers and offer a fascinating glimpse into Rottnest's past and present. 


Take your exploration to new heights by embarking on a skydiving adventure with Skydive Geronimo. Take in the unparalleled views of Rottnest Island as you soar above the breathtaking landscapes and make memories to last a lifetime. 



In March this year, we hosted our annual Rottnest Island Student Day, taking 1,500 international students over to the island for a day of sun-drenches adventures. Our Entertainment Hub was set up on the island and kept us buzzing throughout the day with a silent disco and live DJ’s. Students had the opportunity to meet new friends from other institutions and make unforgettable memories while exploring WA’s famous island paradise Keep an eye out on our socials and subscribe to our newsletter to be the first in the know about our next Rottnest Island Student Day!