Rottnest Island, or ‘Rotto’, as it is affectionately known by locals, has been the destination of choice for Western Australians for generations, is also a “must see” destination for people visiting Western Australia from interstate and overseas.
Surrounded by sparkling Indian Ocean, Rottnest Island sits 19km off the coast of WA. The Island may be easily accessible from the mainland, but it feels like a world away. The moment you step onto the Island, Rottnest’s laidback lifestyle begins to take effect and you start to feel yourself relax as you transition into Rottnest mode.
As a Class A Reserve, Rottnest Island preserves and protects its natural beauty, spectacular flora, abundant marine life and wildlife and many unique species. The Island is unique for many reasons, but one of the most noticeable differences to other destinations is that it’s predominantly car-free, with cycling the most popular way to explore.
Pedal & Flipper offer standard mountain bikes, comfortable hybrid bikes, electric bikes and a large selection of kids’ bikes. Scenic joy rides of the Island can by enjoyed by air, eco boat or a hop-on, hop-off bus service that tours the perimeter of the Island. Prefer to explore by foot? Visitors can also traverse the Island’s unique landscapes along the Wadjemup Bidi; a series of walk trails that span spectacular coastal headlands, pass stunning inland lake systems and encounter both natural and man-made attractions along the way.
Discover the Island’s rich and significant heritage as you stroll around the settlement, visit the Wadjemup Museum, climb Wadjemup Lighthouse, and catch the train to do the Oliver Hill Gun and Tunnel Tour. Learn more about the cultural and spiritual significance of Wadjemup (Rottnest Island) to the traditional owners, the Whadjuk Noongar people on a tour with GoCultural Aboriginal Tours and Experiences.
After a big day, relax and pamper yourself with day spa facilities, poolside tapas menus, wine dinners and relaxing beachside accommodation. Rottnest Island offers a broad range of accommodation styles to suit all budgets and requirements, from hostel beds, campsites, cabins and bungalows through to apartments, hotel rooms, heritage-style accommodation and eco-luxe glamping tents.
Situated close to Perth, visitors can easily head to Rottnest Island on a daytrip, but there’s so much to see and do here that we suggest staying for at least a few days to really experience the best of the Island.