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Our favourite island playground continues to entertain. With its natural
beauty, A-class reserve, 24km of walking and cycling trails, pink salt lakes,
and more than 60 beaches for swimming and diving, the options are
endless. Rottnest will always be the ultimate holiday destination for those
who crave the peaceful serenity that can’t be found anywhere on the
mainland, so head to a place where shoes are not compulsory, cars do
not exist and relaxation is the name of the game.
Voted a best beach in
Australia (2009), the Basin
is a naturally carved
limestone pool. Take the
plunge and get up close
and personal with the
resident marine life.
& FAYS BAY
This trio of bays is
laid-back and family-
friendly: many a child
has learned to ride a
bike here! Pop in and
visit Sam, the owner of
the Geordie Bay Cafe,
known for awesome
coffee and a popular
hang-out for boaties
Take in the island’s
best view. If you aren’t
enough for the long
hike up the hill, take
the Captain Hussey
scenic train ride up to
the Battery from the
Station. Don’t miss
the two 9.2-inch guns
(that once had the
firepower to wipe out
Perth) and the maze of
A beautiful stretch of
coastline, which some
say is named after
the sand’s pink hue at
sunset, Pinkies Beach
is a favourite spot for
and secluded, Pinkies
delights with crystal-
clear, calm waters at all
times. If planning an
amorous moment, bear
in mind it’s a favourite
loitering spot for teens.
Simmo’s ice-cream – this
is where (most of) the
action happens. With
marked swim spots at
the beach and Aqua
Park, it’s a great spot for
the kids. And for bigger
kids, enjoy a drink and
see the city skyline,
while feeling miles away.
It’s 30 minutes
from Fremantle – Rous
Head or C-Shed – to
Rottnest. From Hillarys
Boat Harbour it’s 45
minutes, and from
Barrack Street Jetty it’s
a 90-minute trip.
must rent a mooring
from the Rottnest
Jandakot Airport take
just 12 minutes.
Bicycling continues to be the best way to get around
Rotto. Bring your own bike, or hire from Rottnest
Island Bike & Hire for however long you may be
staying. Our best tip is to hire a kids’ cargo trailer
as well, because it serves as the perfect carry-all
for your snorkelling/diving gear, wetsuits, or picnic
and wine provisions. Remember to BYO bike lock;
merry-makers have been known to grab the closest
available bike after last call at the pub.
Located in the middle of the island on Wadjemup
Hill, Wadjemup Lighthouse sits next to the stone
remains of the original lighthouse built in 1849.
The lighthouse was designed by the same Englishman
who created the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse in
Margaret River, and was constructed under the
guidance of the famous CY O’Connor. With
360-degree views of the island, make sure you
climb to the top, or take one of the tours.
As Rotto is situated in the Leeuwin Current,
the water will continue to be warm well into
the cooler months (April and May are still
beautiful, and diving conditions are excellent).
The current also provides some of the best
marine and coral viewing this close to Perth.
Great sites can be found at North Point,
The Shark (a visible shipwreck off Henrietta
Rocks), the 20m Ridge, Jackson’s Rock, Crystal
Palace, the Lady Elizabeth wreck, and the
drop off at Parker Point.
If you forget a crucial piece of sports gear
(or you just can’t be bothered to pack it at all),
you can hire beach soccer and beach cricket
gear from the Rottnest Island Bike & Hire.
Make sure you plan your fishing expeditions.
Head to the Visitor Centre at Thomson Bay
before you cast your first line, and pick up a
copy of the Recreation and Sanctuary Zones
Map. Bag limits are strictly enforced!
Did you know?
Fires are prohibited at all times, so if you’re
feeling a bit chilly during a late-night beach
picnic, keep warm with a jumper instead!
WHAT TO DO
WHERE TO GO
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