Rottnest Island

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Crayfish Rock, Rottnest Island, WA

Crayfish Rock, Rottnest Island, WA

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Rottnest Island, or 'Rotto' as it is known to locals, is located just 18 kilometres off the coast of Perth in Western Australia. The island has a total length of just 11 kilometres, and is 4.5 kilometres at its widest point, giving a total land area of 19km2. It is classified as an A Class Reserve, so has no private ownership of land. It has long been a favourite holiday playground for local residents both for day trips and for longer holidays. Rottnest has beautiful beaches, as well as unique flora and fauna, including the quokka.



Sights and Activities

Beaches - Rottnest Island is home to some beautiful beaches and sheltered bays, the most popular including the Basin, Geordie Bay and Thomson Bay. There are other secluded beaches all around the island, with the island hosting over 63 beaches, and 20 secluded bays.
Fishing is also very popular on Rottnest.



Getting There

There are no options of getting to Rottnest Island by train, bus or your own car. The only ways are passenger ferries and planes, which take you there in a short time.

By Plane

You can fly to the island on the Rottnest Air Taxi, which departs from Jandakot Airport, with the flight time between the mainland and the island being about 12 minutes. The service operates on demand, and takes off anytime during daylight hours.

By Boat

Ferries leave daily from Fremantle in the south, Hillarys Boat Harbour in the north and Barrack Street Jetty in Perth's CBD. Services take approximately 25 minutes from Fremantle, 45 minutes from Hillarys Boat Harbour, or 90 minutes from Perth. Many residents also take their own boat across.



Getting Around

By Car

No private cars are allowed on the island.

By Public Transport

There is a regular bus service around the island, taking passengers from the accommodation areas to the beaches around the island. Check the Rottnest Island bus services.

By Bike

The traditional way to explore the island is by bike.




Accommodation is extremely popular during the Western Australian school holidays, and over long weekends, so if you are planning on visiting during one of these times make sure you book well in advance. The island is so popular over school holidays that a ballot for accommodation places is run over this time.

For more detail on accommodation options visit the Rottnest Island Authority website.


Kingstown offers dormitory style rooms at Kingstown Barracks, the Rottnest Island Hostel and self contained cottages at Governors' Circle.


Self contained accommodation options range from villas, bungalows, cottages, cabins and units. The Rottnest Lodge offers a licensed restaurant, a public bar, a cocktail bar and a tropical pool, as well as differing room styles.


Accommodation is also available at the Hotel Rottnest, formerly known as the Quokka Arms Hotel. The historic hotel was once where the Governor of Western Australia would lodge on the island over summer.

View our map of accommodation in Rottnest Island



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Accommodation in Rottnest Island

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