Rottnest Island Holidays & Travel Guide

Located just a 30 minute ferry ride off the coast of Fremantle, Rottnest Island is a small island at just 19 square kilometres but the petite patch of land is big in personality. A protected nature reserve, Rottnest Island is a sandy, low-lying island afforded an A-class Reserve, the highest level of protection given to public land. And for good reason, one of the most popular Rottnest Island attractions are the resident quokkas - small, wallaby-like marsupials which inhabit the island's picturesque landscape. Their cute and friendly appearance make them very photogenic and visitors to the island take great delight in snapping a selfie with them.

Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island is a very popular day trip destination and there are daily ferry services in operation from the state capital in Perth. While the island itself only has a permanent population of approximately 300 people, it can see up to 500,000 visitors annually with up to 15,000 visitors at a time during the peak holiday periods.

The beauty of the island lures many visitors to stay longer than a day and there are a great range of Rottnest Island accommodation options ideal for soaking up the scenery. From glamping tents with all the creature comforts to stylish hotel rooms with all the mod cons, there's something for all travellers and budgets.

Extending your stay on Rottnest Island is an ideal way to ensure you make the most of your opportunity to relax on its white sand beaches. Explore the secluded coves and shallow waters of the Basin or venture to beautiful Thompson Bay, the ferry port and main hub of the island. A magnet for outdoor lovers and watersports enthusiasts, borrow a board and catch the great surf breaks at Strickland Bay or discover the reef breaks on the island's westernmost tip at Radar Reef.

Explore at your own pace with a hop on hop off bus tour, swim and snorkel in the warmer months or walk the trails of Wadjemup Bidi. On Rottnest Island, there's adventure around every corner.