Day trip to Rottnest from Perth, Fremantle or Hillary’s

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Day trip to Rottnest Island from Perth, Hillary’s or Fremantle

Rottnest Island, Perth’s beautiful island playground, is a short boat ride from the mainland and a world apart from city life. This car-free reserve packs a lot of entertainment into a single day for such a little island. Ferries depart on a regular basis from Fremantle, Perth’s Barrack Street Jetty, and Hillarys Marina. You can arrive by helicopter, air taxi, or your own boat.

Its 63 magnificent beaches, 20 picturesque bays, and several coral reefs and wrecks welcome you to enjoy some of Australia’s best swimming locations, snorkel trails, and surf breakers. On dry land, you’ll come across the world’s cutest little marsupial, the world-famous quokka, as well as many other rare plant and animal species.

Rottnest – Island Paradise of Perth

Rottnest Island is ideal for a day trip. Once there, there are loads of exciting things to see and do. Rottnest Island is excellent for everyone, from the laid-back sightseer to the outdoor adventurer, with its breathtaking landscape, fantastic bars and restaurants, and limitless activities, tours, and events. 

Best time for a day trip to Rottnest Island

The summer season which starts in November and lasts until the end of February is indeed the best time to visit this golden island. The weather remains warm and sunny, and so you will be able to explore the destination’s top appeals to your heart’s content during this season. Avoid visiting the island in mid-November as during that period the ‘Schoolies week’ which brings large crowds of high school students to the island takes place.

How to reach the Rottnest island from Perth, Fremantle or Hillary’s

You can take a ferry ride from North Fremantle in Perth to reach Rottnest with great ease. Those who are planning to visit Rottnest Island during the peak season are best advised to book their ferry tickets well in advance as the destination attracts large crowds. Once you reach the island, you can opt to cycle across its territories to explore its rich attractions. Bicycles can also be booked along with your ferry ticket.

Top things to do in Rottnest when on a day trip

Taking a couple of selfies with cute little quokkas indeed tops the list of things to do in Rottnest Island! These darling creatures are so adorable and delightful you will want to spend the full day with them for sure! You will not be allowed to touch them or feed them though, but you will always be able to get close enough to capture a few great shots. Rottnest Island also has many great spots for swimming. At The Basin, you will be able to do a bit of snorkeling too.

What to pack for a day trip to Rottnest

You will need to pack a swimsuit, sunglasses, sunhats, sunscreen as well as a beach towel when you are visiting Rottnest. Needless to say, a good camera with a fully charged battery needs to be brought along too! Don’t worry about bringing food and water as the restaurants in the island serve refreshments in abundance.

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