Holidays in The Basin

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The Basin which includes swimming, a luxury hotel or resort and tropical scenes

A stunning beach where you can go for a swim, take a dive into the water or simply laze away underneath the gorgeous Perth sun.

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.

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1544 Cheap Hotels Near The Basin

Discovery Rottnest Island
Discovery Rottnest Island
2.5 out of 5
Strue Road, Rottnest Island, WA
The price is AU$432 per night from 15 Feb. to 16 Feb.
Nestled on the beach, this Perth holiday park is within a 10-minute walk of The Basin, Pinkie Beach and Longreach Bay. Rottnest Island Salt Lakes and Thomson ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (122 reviews)
"Lovely place. Very nice people"

Reviewed on 15 Jan. 2022

Discovery Rottnest Island
Karma Rottnest
Karma Rottnest
3 out of 5
Kitson Street, Rottnest Island, WA
Situated by the ocean, this spa lodge is within a 5-minute walk of Rottnest Island Salt Lakes and Thomson Bay. The Basin and Pinkie Beach are also within 15 ...
3.7/5 Good! (508 reviews)
"A comfortable stay. Friendly staff. The included breakfast was average. Elements such as eggs were limited and selection and often low in availability on the buffet."

Reviewed on 16 Oct. 2021

Karma Rottnest
Rottnest Island Authority
Rottnest Island Authority
3 out of 5
Vlamingh Way, Thompson Bay, Rottnest Island, WA
Offering direct access to the beach, this Perth resort is next to a golf course and within a 5-minute walk of Thomson Bay and Rottnest Island Salt Lakes. The ...
4/5 Very Good! (174 reviews)
"An AMAZING trip on an AWESOME island!!!"

Reviewed on 10 Oct. 2021

Rottnest Island Authority
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Top The Basin Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Ocean Beach Hotel
Ocean Beach Hotel
4 out of 5
Cnr Marine Parade & Eric St Cottesloe, Cottesloe, WA
The price is AU$107 per night from 26 Jan. to 27 Jan.
Ocean Beach Hotel
Discovery Rottnest Island
Discovery Rottnest Island
2.5 out of 5
Strue Road, Rottnest Island, WA
The price is AU$432 per night from 15 Feb. to 16 Feb.
Discovery Rottnest Island
Karma Rottnest
Karma Rottnest
3 out of 5
Kitson Street, Rottnest Island, WA
Karma Rottnest
Rottnest Island Authority
Rottnest Island Authority
3 out of 5
Vlamingh Way, Thompson Bay, Rottnest Island, WA
Rottnest Island Authority
Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough
Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough
5 out of 5
148 The Esplanade, Scarborough, WA
The price is AU$199 per night from 31 Jan. to 1 Feb.
Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough
Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges
Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges
4.5 out of 5
Cnr Marine Terrace and Essex St, Fremantle, WA
The price is AU$161 per night from 2 Feb. to 3 Feb.
Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges
Norfolk Hotel
Norfolk Hotel
2.5 out of 5
47 South Terrace, Fremantle, WA
The price is AU$120 per night from 22 Jan. to 23 Jan.
Norfolk Hotel
Tradewinds Hotel
Tradewinds Hotel
4 out of 5
1 Sewell Street, East Fremantle, WA
The price is AU$170 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.
Tradewinds Hotel
Quest Fremantle
Quest Fremantle
3.5 out of 5
8 Pakenham Street, Fremantle, WA
The price is AU$161 per night from 11 Feb. to 12 Feb.
Quest Fremantle
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.