If you are following my Instagram you may have noticed how much I LOVE Rottnest island. People travel far and wide in search of the perfect beaches when, assuming you live in Perth, you have access to some of the best in the world a short 25 minute ferry away. A day trip is the perfect way to escape the city and make me feel like I’m on holiday somewhere tropical.
There are no cars allowed on Rottnest (with the exception of emergency services and a public bus). Therefore, a bike is the best way to get around. We always pre-book our bike hire directly from Rottnest Express. The bikes are great quality and you pick them up and return them direct from the ferry – this is so convenient! It means the moment you step foot on the island, you have access to your transport and are off and away within minutes. No messing around when you arrive, just grab a helmet and bike and return it back at the ferry when you depart.
If you have mobility issues, most of the places detailed below are also accessible by bus. Check at the information centre on arrival for all the details.
Rottnest Express have one of the first ferries departing for Rottnest, leaving from B-Shed at 7:30am. This is a great choice to get the most out of your day. Close by, at C and D-Shed, long-term parking is available for $10 on the weekend.
If you’re on the 7:30am Rottnest Express ferry from B-Shed, the first thing on your mind on arrival will be breakfast. As you depart the ferry head straight for the Rottnest Bakery. I’m not usually one to have a pie for breakfast, but I’m definitely guilty of doing this in Rottnest! The bakery is filled with many delicious treats, so don’t hold back. Don’t miss their famous jam doughnut!
Just be careful as the seagulls can get quite aggressive and will, I repeat WILL go for your food. So best to eat in safety under one of the umbrellas.
If you’re not one for bakery food head directly opposite to The Lane for the best coffee on the island and one of their delicious breakfast rolls.
Things to do on Rottnest:
Rottnest Express Adventure Tour is a great activity for the family. Available mid-September – late April (except Christmas Day), Rottnest Express offer a speed boat tour of the island. The thrill ride at the start of the tour was super exciting and really got my heart racing!
We did the tour during the whale migration season (during September to November) and we were blown away by how amazing it was. Western Australia has the largest migration of Humpback Whales in the Southern Hemisphere, so it’s crazy to think that I only just found out about this. The tour’s main focus during the whale season is of course to see the whales, but you will even have the chance to see other wildlife including New Zealand fur seals, Australian sea lions, dolphins and osprey!
We were all so enthralled by the whales on our tour that we decided to give the sea lions a miss. The tour is a great way to see Rottnest’s coastline, as the adventure tour takes you almost all the way out to West End (the western tip of the island).
Rottnest Express provide wet weather protection gear, but best to leave valuables behind if you don’t want them wet. We took our cameras and phone and had no issues.
All in all, an unforgettable experience – check out my story highlights on Instagram to see the whales in action.
Rottnest has been made famous by the Quokka selfie. Even Rodger Federer and Chris Hemsworth have managed to snag the perfect selfie with these cute furry creatures, who can only be found on the island. Please remember, you should not be feeding or touching the wildlife just to get a good photo. If one comes to you, great. If it doesn’t, don’t force it. Respect the island.
Rottnest is famous for its beautiful turquoise beaches, and the main reason tourists visit the island all summer long. P.S. the best time of year is between December and April. However, you might get lucky and get a warm sunny day outside these times. Perth is never unbearably cold. If you’re only here for the day you may not want to venture too far so The Basin is always a good choice to start off with.
Another great place to go if you are on foot is Pinkies Beach. Here you will find the lighthouse which makes a great photo from the water.
If you have time and have hired a bike, ride along the coast to check out some other beaches. Some great options are Little Parakeet Bay and Little Armstrong Bay. But let’s be honest, are there any bad choices on Rottnest Island? This is why we tend to bike ride around and stop in anywhere we can.
Geordie Bay General Store
A great pit stop for food or drinks is Geordie Bay. The general store has everything you need to stock up before continuing your adventure.
Hotel Rottnest is my pick for the best food on the island. It is the perfect place to wind down and enjoy some delicious food along with a refreshing drink. They often have events here so be sure to check out their website to see whats on!
I’ll be honest when I say this definitely isn’t as pink as what some of the other pink lakes of WA look like, but it’s definitely worth checking out. I think part of the fun of Rottnest is just bike riding around finding different spots to see.
If you are looking for a family friendly outing, why not check out the local movies? You’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time and don’t be surprised if you are joined by a few quokkas throughout the movie.
Enjoy Rotto and let me know if there was anything else you enjoyed doing while you were there in the comments below!