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Experience Wonder In Winter At Rottnest Island

Discover 9 ways to experience the cooler side of Rottnest Island with a one night itinerary!

Welcome to Wadjemup / Rottnest Island: an oasis of natural beauty just a short ferry ride from Fremantle, Perth or Hillarys.

The time you spend on Rottnest Island is an invitation to recharge and reconnect. Few places in the world can rival Rottnest Island’s super-accessible combination of incredible beaches, coastline, wildlife and history. 

Ready to escape to Perth’s very own island paradise? In this overnight itinerary, we'll guide you through the best of Rottnest Island and the must-see attractions and experiences to ensure you make the most of your time on this idyllic island this winter.

This is your guide to experiencing Rottnest Island when the weather cools, but your adventurous spirit doesn’t.

Day 1

8:45am | Let’s Set Sail!
Your journey begins with Rottnest Express. Rottnest Express sets sail from three handy locations in Fremantle and Perth and runs frequent year-round services. Each departure point has different advantages – it’s easy to select one to suit your needs. Warm up your ferry journey to Rottnest Island with one of three winter warmer packages exclusively available from Northport, B Shed and Barrack Street Perth.

Rottnest Express
Rottnest Express | Rottnest

9:30am | Get Pedalling 
There are limited cars on Rottnest Island, so cycling is the chosen mode of transport. To explore the island at your own pace, rent an e-bike from Pedal and Flipper. These convenient electric bikes make traversing the island's picturesque landscapes effortless. Discover hidden bays, stumble upon secluded coves and uncover the island's best-kept secrets. Feel the thrill of freedom as you navigate the winding paths and enjoy the breathtaking vistas.

2pm | Settle in at Samphire Rottnest
Make your way to Samphire Rottnest and settle into an elegant beachside room that combines boutique beachfront with coastal décor and the soothing outdoors. Venture outside and roam across native landscaping. Here, you can unwind in style in a poolside cabana, take a dip in the heated pool and recharge for the adventures ahead. The resort offers a range of amenities and stunning views, making it the perfect base for your island getaway. 

Samphire Rottnest Beachfront Suite
Samphire Rottnest | Rottnest

5pm | Sundowners at Pinky's Beach
As the day winds down, treat yourself to a mesmerising sunset experience at Pinky Beach. Relax on the golden sand while savouring refreshing beverages and taking in the spectacular coastal views. This tranquil spot provides the perfect backdrop for capturing unforgettable memories and enjoying the serenity of Rottnest Island.

7pm | Drink, Dine and Soak in the Surroundings 
In true Italian style, Isola Bar E Cibo invites you to relax, share and enjoy. Isola is a fresh take on a classic Italian beachside bar. Take a leisurely stroll from Pinkies Beach to Isola, immersing yourself in the island's natural beauty along the way. At Isola, enjoy classic Italian cocktails, spritz and delicious wines paired with a simple menu using quality local ingredients. Think fresh pasta dishes, cured meats and Western Australian seafood cooked over a charcoal-fired grill. 

9pm | Disconnect  
After a satisfying meal, take a leisurely walk along the beach, breathing in the fresh sea air and basking in the island's tranquillity. Embrace the peaceful surroundings, listen to the soothing sounds of the waves, and marvel at the starry night sky. Rottnest Island offers an opportunity to disconnect from the world and truly appreciate the beauty of nature.

Rottnest sunset
Pinky's Beach | Rottnest Island

Day 2

9am | Hike the Wadjemup Bidi Trail
Gear up for an invigorating hike along the Wadjemup Bidi Trail, a series of stunning walking tracks that showcase Rottnest Island's diverse landscapes. This self-guided trail allows you to immerse yourself in the island's natural wonders, from majestic coastal cliffs to serene lakes and peaceful woodlands. Discover hidden beaches, encounter unique wildlife, and capture awe-inspiring vistas along the way. 

Every winter the majestic humpback whales make their migration along the WA coastline. From August to December, a trek out to the Cape Vlamingh or Cathedral Rocks viewing platforms offers more than the usual invigorating hike, as you could witness the passing of these epic creatures.

Wadjemup Bidi Trail
Wadjemup Bidi Trail | Rottnest Island

12pm | Kick Back for Lunch

In need of somewhere to revive yourself after strolling the Wadjemup Bidi? Settle in at Frankie’s with a barista-made coffee or fill your rumbling stomach with a selection of lunch staples like pasta, salads and Frankie’s famous pizzas. 

1pm | Immerse Yourself in History

In addition to the captivating natural scenery, Rottnest Island is home to a rich history and cultural heritage. Take some time to explore the Wadjemup Museum, where you can delve into its fascinating past. Step into the museum, a sanctuary of reflection where ancient 40,000-year-old artefacts, a captivating theatrette, and immersive audio experiences transport you through time. Created in collaboration with the Wadjemup Aboriginal Reference Group, this space unveils the island's rich history. Engage with stories of imprisonment, natural wonders, arts, culture, and modern milestones. Depart with a deepened appreciation for the remarkable land that has captured your imagination, carrying the echoes of its past as you continue your exploration of this extraordinary destination.

Rottnest Island offers an opportunity to disconnect from the world and truly appreciate the beauty of nature. Winter is the perfect time to experience Rottnest Island and wrap yourself in wonder.
Destination Perth is your guide to experiencing Rottnest Island this winter. Plan your next holiday, staycation or day trip around a diverse range of experiences this winter, and don't forget to check out our current holiday offers.

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