Rottnest Island is a beautiful island getaway only a short ferry ride from Perth, Western Australia. World-renowned for its holiday island feel and super cute local Quokka population, ‘Rotto’ is a must on your Western Australian travel adventure.
To find out more about Rottnest Island and how to get there, read our Rottnest Island Tour Destination article here or read on to find out the top things to do in Rottnest Island.
Walking & Cycling
Cycling and walking trails abound on Rottnest Island and offer a fantastic budget friendly and child-friendly way to explore the island.
WALKING: Simply join one of the many free guided walking tours run by the Rottnest Island Volunteer Guides which start from the flagpole south of the Visitor Centre – look for the guide in a yellow shirt! These walking tours depart at regular intervals and are a fascinating glimpse into the history, culture and fauna and flora of the island.
Wadjemup Bidi Trail
The Wadjemup Bidi trail takes you across spectacular coastal headlands, past stunning lakes and natural and man-made attractions. This is a 45-kilometre trail made up of 5 sections, each boasting culturally and environmentally significant landmarks.
CYCLING: Exploring the island by bike is the recommended way to explore as the island is mostly car-free! Cycling your way around Rotto couldn’t be easier with Rottnest Island Pedal & Flipper hiring out a wide range of bikes, helmets, locks and more.
You can also grab an Island map, courtesy chilled fountain water and advice on cycling safely.
Water activities are a popular pastime on the island and include snorkeling and diving to fishing, surfing, boating, kayaking, and sailing.
SNORKELING & DIVING: With just over 135 species of vibrant tropical fish and 20 species of coral, heading below the surface is a truly worthwhile experience. At Little Salmon Bay and Parker point, you can explore some fantastic underwater snorkel trails. Pedal & Flipper can also kit
At Little Salmon Bay and Parker point, you can explore some fantastic underwater snorkel trails. Pedal & Flipper can also kit you out with snorkel gear should you need it. Aside from the amazing underwater world of coral and fish, shipwrecks also abound and are waiting to be explored
SURFING: Rottnest Island is also renowned for having some of the best breaks in the world at Strickland Bay. Surfing season is at its best from May to October and boards are available for hire from Rottnest Island Peddle & Flipper.
SEGWAY: Explore the beauty of Rottnest Island by on your own set of wheels where you can glide around effortlessly and enjoy the spectacular views.
COACH AND TRAIN TOURS: Enjoy the island in air-conditioned comfort as you visit all the must-see island sites.
The Grand Island Tour takes 4 hours and covers major habitats are covered on this amazing tour, including Rottnest Island’s cultural and historical heritage ranging from Maritime, Colonial and Military history to future developments. The Bayseeker Island Tour takes 1 hour and 45 minutes and visits all of Rottnest’s must see locations including the Wadjemup Lighthouse, Henrietta Rocks, the majestic look-out point at the rugged Cathedral Rocks and Cape Vlamingh and Oliver Hill Gun Fortification.
BUS TOURS: Explore the island in your own time with the hop on/ hop off bus which stops at your favourite beaches, bay and attractions.
Rottnest Island features award winning beaches and it’s so easy to see why. With crystal clear water and clean white sand, getting into the water is a must! There are 63 beaches and 20 bays to choose from and each is unique. The Basin is a popular choice as it offers shallow waters and an underwater snorkel playground. Closer to the main settlement, Thomson Bay is popular with families as the waters are sheltered.
The Basin is a popular choice as it offers shallow waters and an underwater snorkel playground. Closer to the main settlement, Thomson Bay is popular with families as the waters are sheltered.
Culture & History
The Island has an impressive history and there are various ways to find out more about. Joining a tour or visiting one of the museums such as the Rottnest Island Museum, Lomas Cottage, Pilot Boat House, Vincent Way and Salt Store will give you a great idea of the island’s history. Don’t forget to ride the train to view the maze of tunnels beneath the WWII gun emplacement on Oliver Hill.
Rotto features an array of sea-life, bird life, and fauna and flora with the island being a protected habitat for many unique species. Probably the most famous inhabitant is the Quokka, who is a friendly marsupial. #quokkaselfie. Dolphins can also be viewed near the island and there are boat cruise options to take you out.
Probably the most famous inhabitant is the Quokka, who is a friendly marsupial. #quokkaselfie.
Dolphins can also be viewed near the island and there are boat cruise options to take you out.
Rottnest Island is fast becoming a great destination for major functions and events, from music concerts, carnivals kite surfing, the Summer Salt Concert, and triathlons.
Seasonal activities like the Just 4 Fun Aqua Park (summer months) also encourage visitors and families to stay and play.
From golf to lawn bowls, and cinemas to the newly renovated Country Club, there is something to keep everyone entertained. Kids can challenge friends and family to a round of mini-golf, jump on trampolines and play arcade games at the Family Fun Park. If that all sounds like too much, simply visit the island spa to relax and be pampered.
For the more adventurous, sky diving is also an option!
Climb the Lighthouse
The Wadjemup Lighthouse is located in the middle of the island and is an easy walk, ride or bus trip. We recommend climbing the lighthouse for breathtaking panoramic views across the whole island. You can also find out what goes on behind the scenes in the workings of a lighthouse.
To find out more about Rottnest Island, click here or book your 5 day Iconic Perth Package Holiday with a day on Rottnest Island INCLUDED!