With its 63 secluded white sandy beaches and 20 bays, it's easy to see why the people of Perth proudly declare Rottnest Island (or ‘Rotto') their very own island paradise.
Located just a short ferry ride from Perth, Fremantle or Hillarys, Rottnest Island is classified as an ‘A' Class Reserve, and boasts an abundance of natural assets, including some of WA's best swimming, snorkelling and surfing beaches.
One of the unique elements of Rottnest Island is that it's a car free zone, with the most popular mode of transport being the bicycle. Many of the island's tourism offerings and practices reflect the focus on delivering sustainable and inspirational products with minimal environmental impact.
The island has shot to international fame in recent years, due to its native inhabitant - the quokka. The small, furry and very cute marsupial became an internet sensation after an online news source declared it the ‘world's happiest animal' - amplifying the social media trend the #quokkaselfie.
With so many unique bays and beaches, Rottnest Island offers a variety of water sports from swimming to diving, fishing and surfing. Choose from snorkelling at The Basin or Little Salmon Bay or seeing spectacular ocean views from the West End. Or if you prefer to just relax, there are plenty of amazing spots to just sit and enjoy your surroundings. Some of our most famous beaches include The Basin, Little Parakeet Bay, Little Salmon Bay, Geordie Bay, and the sheltered waters of Thomson Bay.
Rottnest also has some of the best surfing conditions and most consistent breaks in Western Australia. Popular surf spots include Strickland Bay, Salmon Bay and Stark Bay.
The pristine island has recently welcomed several exciting new tour offerings, including a crayfish catch and cook experience on-board Rottnest Cruises, an Aboriginal cultural walking tours with Go Cultural, glass bottom kayak tours, aqua bike tours, walking tours and Segway tours. Swan River Seaplanes has also begun operating one way and return flights from Perth to Rottnest, offering incredible scenic views of the island.
In addition to these experiences, the island received a major boost to its accommodation offering, with the opening of ‘glamping' resort Discovery - Rottnest Island in 2019; and in October 2020 the island welcomed its first boutique luxury accommodation offering, Samphire Rottnest.