Rottnest is the Simple Pleasures in Life
Located 19km off the coast of Western Australia, Rottnest Island is just 25 minutes from Fremantle, 45 minutes from Hillarys and feels a million miles from everything!
Rediscover life’s simple pleasures as you follow a sandy track, run barefoot through the waves or discover intriguing wildlife along the Wadjemup Bidi; a series of picturesque walk trails. You’ll also meet our resident quokkas; the cute marsupials that the Island is world-famous for!
As a stunning natural A-class reserve, the Island is essentially a car-free zone, with bicycles the most common mode of transport. 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. With a choice of over 63 secluded beaches and 20 bays, it’s not hard to discover a secluded beach to enjoy all by yourself.
Surrounded by the sparkling Indian Ocean, choose from a smorgasbord of coastal activities. Snorkel through vibrant coral reefs protected by marine sanctuary zones, dive among shipwrecks, fish for delicious local seafood or surf some of Western Australia’s best breaks.
Golf lovers can challenge mates on the unique 9-hole golf course, or bring the kids over for a game of mini golf at the Family Fun Park. After a big day, relax and pamper yourself with day spa facilities, poolside tapas menus, wine dinners and relaxing beachside accommodation. Enjoy accommodation with magnificent ocean views and absolute beach-frontage, or stay in comfortable, budget-friendly cabins, bungalows, the hostel or campgrounds.
Quokka Walks - free guided walks with the ‘happiest animal on earth’
Meet our resident (and very friendly) quokkas; the cute marsupials that the Island is world-famous for (recently dubbed by Huffington Post as the ‘happiest animal on earth’). September is the perfect time of year to meet baby joeys who can be seen peaking from their mothers' pouch or bravely hopping around exploring their new world. Free walking tours run daily. Grab an Essential Guide from the Visitor Centre upon arrival for tour times.
Wadjemup Bidi; 45km of stunning walk trails
Keen to explore Rottnest Island by foot? Traverse the Island’s unique landscapes along the Wadjemup Bidi; a series of walk trails that will take you across spectacular coastal headlands, past stunning inland lakes and encounter both natural and man-made attractions along the way.
The Wadjemup Bidi is 45 kilometres of trails made up of 5 sections, each boasting culturally and environmentally significant landmarks to interpret and experience. "Bidi" in Noongar means "trail" or "track". The Whadjuk Noongar are the Traditional Owners of Rottnest Island. For info, visit www.rottnestisland.com/bidi
Around 35,000 migrating Humpback and Southern Right whales linger in the calm waters around the Island. In April each year they head north to feeding grounds while on their return trip during September to December, the whales and their newborn calf’s spend much of their time playing in the protected Rottnest waters gaining strength and learning all that young whale needs to know before returning to the colder southern waters. You can often see them from the Island itself, with the West End platform providing a prime viewing location. For more wildlife encounters, visit www.rottnestisland.com/wildlife-encounters