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Holidays in Rottnest Island

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Top hotels in Rottnest Island

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Rottnest Island Authority
Rottnest Island Authority
3 out of 5
Vlamingh Way, Thompson Bay, Rottnest Island, WA
The price is AU$112 per night from 23 Sep. to 24 Sep.
4/5Very Good! (166 reviews)
Great place

"Great place, old but clean and well equipped with everything you need."…"

Reviewed on 20 Mar. 2020

Rottnest Island Authority
Karma Rottnest
Karma Rottnest
3 out of 5
Kitson Street, Rottnest Island, WA
The price is AU$215 per night from 19 Sep. to 20 Sep.
3.7/5Good! (488 reviews)

"Nice location, near the jetty and amenities. Friendly and helpful staff. Food great, even breakfast. Dinner is the restaurant was very good. Not so good is noise from the pub till late on certain nights."…"

Reviewed on 12 Mar. 2020

Karma Rottnest
Discovery Rottnest Island
Discovery Rottnest Island
3 out of 5
Strue Road, Rottnest Island, WA
The price is AU$325 per night from 13 Oct. to 14 Oct.
4.4/5Excellent! (97 reviews)

"Nothing not to like - property beautifully presented and grounds immaculate. Check in/out service fantastic. Pool lovely. Staff at bar smiling and friendly."…"

Reviewed on 6 Jun. 2020

Discovery Rottnest Island

Top activities in Rottnest Island

Full-Day Bicycle Hire & Rottnest Island Ferry Trip
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Full-Day Bicycle Hire & Rottnest Island Ferry Trip

AU$108
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Rottnest Island Bus Tour with Ferry & Train Ride Package
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Rottnest Island Bus Tour with Ferry & Train Ride Package

AU$184
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Discover Rottnest Island Day Tour from Perth & Fremantle
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Discover Rottnest Island Day Tour from Perth & Fremantle

AU$124
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend

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.