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Rottnest Island Holidays

Enjoy the beautiful waters, the stunning wildlife and the rich heritage of this fascinating island just off the coast of Perth.

Lying less than 20 kilometres from the mainland and set in the mesmerising waters of the Indian Ocean, Rottnest Island is a popular destination with holidaymakers who come to see the local flora and fauna, go for a swim, and laze under the sun on its white sandy beaches.

A small island of just 11 kilometres by 4.5 kilometres at its longest and widest points, it nonetheless has plenty to offer. You can get around the island by renting a bicycle of taking the shuttle bus from the ferry stop and see the key destinations dotted around. The main settlement is built around Thomas Bay, and the further you tread the quieter and more secluded the island becomes.

There are so many ideal spots to swim all around the island. If you’re a keen snorkeler you can delve into the water to see the coral and fish. You can also go shore diving or dive off a boat and see the nurse sharks and rays in the waters around the island. Surfers can also ride the waves at Strickland and Stark Bays. Or for a marginally drier experience, get on board a glass-bottom boat to see the coral at its finest.

Among the wildlife unique to the island are quokkas, small marsupials which the Dutch explorer Willem de Vlamingh discovered here back in the 17th century. Thinking they were rats, this is what led him to name the island 'Rottnest', or ‘Rat’s Nest’. The Aboriginals, However, who had lived here for the better part of 6,500 years before the Dutchman arrived, called the island 'Wadjemup'. You can find out more about all this and the island’s history and discovery by European settlers at the Rottnest Island Museum.

For a great view of the ocean you can climb up to the top of the Bathurst Lighthouse. Several ships have struck the island’s reefs over the years and sunk; on the shore you can see plaques dedicated to them and signalling the wreckages.

You can reach Rottnest Island by boarding a pedestrian ferry from the docks in Fremantle, the jetty in central Perth or from Hillarys Boat Harbour. If you’re planning to stay over to explore more of the island, make sure you find somewhere to stay in advance.


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Discovery Rottnest Island
Reviewed on 8 Dec. 2019
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Discovery Rottnest Island

Discovery Rottnest Island

Strue Road, Rottnest Island, WA
     
    4.3 of 5
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Lovely glamping experience. Comfortable & clean. Only issue is there isn't any rack/hooks at all to hang clothes/towels. A kettle & tea/coffee making facilities would've been nice. We also ate dinner at the onsite restaurant, not good unfortunately in terms of taste & options. Note that there is ...

    Karma Rottnest AU$295
    Reviewed on 7 Dec. 2019
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    Karma Rottnest

    Karma Rottnest

    Kitson Street, Rottnest Island, WA
       
      3.7 of 5
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Fast & prompt check-in & check-out service, with friendly and helpful staff. Splendid & quality breakfast spread. Only issue was that breakfast only started at 7.45am as the door to the restaurant was locked prior. Facilities had a rustic beach town feel to it, and felt more like a chalet. Good location, ...

      Rottnest Island Authority
      Reviewed on 5 Nov. 2019
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      Rottnest Island Authority

      Rottnest Island Authority

      Vlamingh Way, Thompson Bay, Rottnest Island, WA
         
        4.0 of 5
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        We had a cabin at the Caroline Thompson Cabins. They were clean and had a full kitchen and fridge. The only thing is you had to bring your own linen - sheets and pillow cases. They did provide the pillows and blankets - although - they all could use a really good wash! I would stay here again though. ...

        Hotel Rottnest
        Reviewed on 6 Oct. 2019
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        Hotel Rottnest

        Hotel Rottnest

        1 Bedford Avenue, Rottnest Island, WA
           
          4.1 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Away of city to have a relax trip and meet little cute quokkas

          Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough AU$161
          Reviewed on 12 Dec. 2019
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          Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough

          Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough

          148 The Esplanade, Scarborough, WA
             
            4.2 of 5
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Staff were so friendly and helpful! Rooms are lovely, cool and have great facilities. I stayed in 2 separate rooms at different stages of my holiday,. They were clean and comfortable. Only thing i would comment on is that the menu could do with a few more veggie/pasta options! I got tired of eating ...

            The Ritz-Carlton, Perth AU$349
            Reviewed on 9 Dec. 2019
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            The Ritz-Carlton, Perth

            The Ritz-Carlton, Perth

            1 BARRACK STREET, Perth, WA
               
              4.5 of 5
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Everything was as expected for a new 6 star hotel, loved it. One thing to improve would be having an express checkout option available when checking out.

              Duxton Hotel Perth AU$149
              Reviewed on 10 Dec. 2019
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              Duxton Hotel Perth

              Duxton Hotel Perth

              1 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA
                 
                4.5 of 5
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                It was easy to reach for us in Perth. The check in was streamlined. The staff were all polite and helful The club rooms were nicely appointed. The breakfast was god A celebratory bottle of win was provided. Unlimited soft drinks from min bar. The range of canapes less than when we have travelled ...

                Novotel Perth Langley AU$123
                Reviewed on 30 Nov. 2019
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                Novotel Perth Langley

                Novotel Perth Langley

                221 Adelaide Terrace, Perth, WA
                   
                  4.3 of 5
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Novotel Perth Langley had our room ready for us early, which was great as we had just disembarked from a cruise ship early. Plus, hard to believe, they have the BEST drying bathroom towels ever. Thank you.

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