Top Oz Tours offers return transfers to Rottnest Island from Perth. You can book them here.
Long gone are the days when Rottnest Island — ‘Rotto’ to the locals — was a secret staycation spot just for Perthites.
On paper, this sparsely wooded and semi-arid island with no fresh water source, 19 kilometres from the Western Australian capital’s coastline, might not sound all that appealing. Think again. Its beaches are to die for, its waters are warm and inviting, and it attracts visitors from around the world with a magic not unlike that of the Greek Islands.
While is does get cool in the winter months, Rottnest is a year-round option for day trips and weekend getaways from the city. There are daily transfers and tour packages available from Perth, Fremantle, and Hillarys Boat Harbour on the Sunset Coast. Rottnest Express offers a fast and efficient ferry service from Perth and neighbouring Freo, with a choice of indoor and outdoor seating. The trip along the Swan River from Perth features guided commentary.
The island may be small, but it offers a huge amount to see and do. So, make the excellent Visitor Centre at the jetty your first port of call and plan your day wisely.
Here’s a checklist of our top ten things to do on Rottnest Island.