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A popular spot for swimmers and snorkelers on Perth’s Rottnest Island, The Basin is a great sheltered beach offering shallow reefs and gentle swells. Close to the shore, you can swim in calm waters, whilst further into the sea you’ll be able to explore beautiful deep waters full of fascinating fish and coral.
The sand stretches for only about 200 metres and becomes quite narrow in parts, but nonetheless you’ll find plenty of space on the grass behind the beach to relax and unwind.
If you pay a visit during the summer, you’ll find the best conditions for swimming when the tide is out, with small waves, warm water and idyllic weather. For a quieter spot, head east for the more secluded areas over a small cliff.
You can enjoy some quality time basking in the sunshine on the sand before going for a lovely swim to cool down. If you’re bringing youngsters, take them in the shallows near the sand, whilst not far away from the shore there are deeper waters perfect for stronger swimmers. You can wander into the water from the sand or trail the edge of the reef and then dive in.
Take a picnic with you and enjoy lunch accompanied by beautiful views of the Indian Ocean. Brining along a beach umbrella may be a good idea as the best shelter is only available near the lawns at the western end, which can soon become crowded.
If you want to try a spot of snorkelling but this is your first time, then The Basin is an ideal spot for novices to learn – as well as to see the varied species of fish and coral that inhabit these waters. More practised snorkelers can find perfect spots on the deeper reefs.
About a kilometre from the biggest settlement on Rottnest Island, Thomson Bay, the Basin is easy to reach on foot or by bike. Be aware that shuttle buses do not serve this part of the island. Changing rooms and toilet facilities are available across the small road behind the beach.
Situated by the ocean, this spa lodge is within a 5-minute walk of Rottnest Island Salt Lakes and Thomson Bay. The Basin and Longreach Bay are also within 15 minutes. Settlement Station is 6 minutes by foot.
Situated in Rottnest Island, this beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Basin, Longreach Bay, and Rottnest Island Salt Lakes. Thomson Bay and Geordie Bay are also within 2 mi (3 km). Settlement Station is 13 minutes by foot.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Rottnest Island resort is next to a golf course and within a 10-minute walk of Rottnest Island Salt Lakes and Thomson Bay. The Basin and Longreach Bay are also within 1 mi (2 km). Settlement Station is only a 3-minute walk.
Situated in Rottnest Island, this beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rottnest Island Salt Lakes and Thomson Bay. The Basin and Longreach Bay are also within 1 mi (2 km). Settlement Station is only a 3-minute walk.
Situated in Fremantle, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Fremantle Markets and University of Notre Dame Australia. Fremantle Prison and Fremantle Passenger Terminal are also within 1 mi (2 km). Fremantle Station is 9 minutes by foot.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Scarborough resort is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Scarborough Beach and within 6 mi (10 km) of Aquarium of Western Australia and HBF Stadium. Claremont Showgrounds and RAC Arena are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Located in the heart of Fremantle, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Kings Square and University of Notre Dame Australia. Round House is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) away. Fremantle Station is only a 3-minute walk.
Situated in Cottesloe, this beach hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cottesloe Surf Club and Cottesloe Beach. Claremont Quarter Shopping Center and Leighton Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km). Cottesloe Grant Street Station is 17 minutes by foot and Cottesloe Station is 22 minutes.