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Rottnest Island Tour from Perth or Fremantle including Bus Tour

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
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Overview

Visit Perth’s favorite local getaway destination on a day trip to Rottnest Island, located just offshore in the Indian Ocean. Travel to Rottnest by high-speed ferry from either Perth or Fremantle (your choice), and then embark on a sightseeing tour of the island by coach. While you listen to narration from an informative guide, check out landmarks like the West End and Wadjemup Lighthouse. Then enjoy free time in the afternoon to explore the car-free island at your leisure. You may upgrade when booking to include lunch.
  • Day trip to Rottnest Island with coach tour, from Perth or Fremantle
  • If departing Perth, cruise down Swan River, past local landmarks and Millionaire’s Row
  • Listen to commentary from a guide as you circumnavigate the island by air-conditioned coach
  • See spectacular locations including Wadjemup Lighthouse and the West End
  • Upgrade to include lunch at Karma Rottnest
  • Spot the island’s famous marsupial, the quokka, and marine life such as dolphins and fur seals
  • Enjoy free time in the afternoon to explore at your leisure
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Round-trip ferry to Rottnest Island
90-minute coach tour
Local guide
Lunch (if option selected)
Rottnest Island Authority fee
Round-trip Swan River cruise (if departing from Perth)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Additional activities (bike, snorkel gear, surfboard or stand up paddleboard hire)

Departure Point

1: Rottnest Express Barrack Street Jetty Elizabeth Quay Ferry Terminal, 2 Barrack St, Perth WA 6000, Australia
2: B Shed, 1 Peter Hughes Dr, Fremantle WA 6160, Australia
3: Rottnest Express North Port Rous Head Ferry Terminal, 1 Emma Place, Rous Head Rd, North Fremantle WA 6159, Australia

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
When booking, select your ferry departure location—either Perth or Fremantle—as well as the option to include lunch on the island, if you wish.

Your day trip starts with the high-speed ferry ride to Rottnest Island. If you’re departing Perth, cruise along the Swan River to Fremantle, where the river meets the Indian Ocean, to pick up more passengers for the ride across the water to Rotto, as it’s referred to by locals. When you arrive, hop aboard your coach for an island sightseeing tour.

Listen to commentary from your guide about the history, culture and wildlife of the island, known for its secluded beaches and its resident quokkas, small marsupials who call Rottnest home. As you circle the island, make stops at Wadjemup Lighthouse and the West End, where you can hop off to stroll down the boardwalk, admiring coastal views. Look for fur seals at Cathedral Rocks, and watch for the possible humpback whale, which might be seen from September to November.

When your tour ends at Thompson Bay, you are free to enjoy the island independently until it’s time to catch the ferry back to Perth. Perhaps rent a bike to check out one of the 63 beaches or 20 bays, go snorkeling or stand-up paddleboarding, or visit attractions like Lomas Cottage, Rottnest Island Museum or Pilot Boathouse. (Rentals, activities and entrance fees are at your own expense.) If you select the lunch upgrade, head to Karma Rottnest for a buffet of hot dishes, deli items, salads, desserts and beverages.

Your day trip then ends with the return ferry ride to Fremantle or Perth.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Swan River
Commentary along the Swan River
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Rottnest Express
Ferry transfer
Stop At:  
Wadjemup Lighthouse
5 minute stop at the Wadjemup Lighthouse
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Rottnest Island Visitor Centre
Information on Rottnest Island
Stop At:  
West End
15 minute stop to explore the west-end boardwalk
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 32 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Rottnest Express

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Rottnest Island Tour from Perth or Fremantle including Bus Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Rottnest Island Tour from Perth or Fremantle including Bus Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Rottnest Island Tour from Perth or Fremantle including Bus Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Rottnest Island Tour from Perth or Fremantle including Bus Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Rottnest Island Tour from Perth or Fremantle including Bus Tour?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Rottnest Island Tour from Perth or Fremantle including Bus Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Rottnest Island Tour from Perth or Fremantle including Bus Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 32 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Rottnest Island Tour from Perth or Fremantle including Bus Tour.

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  • "It can be a bit rough when in the open sea." See review
  • "A great experience but be wary of the wind picking up in the afternoon." See review

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Great day on Rottnest Island
Judy_WH
, Apr 2020
My sister and I had a wonderful day on Rottnest Island! The bus picked us up near our hotel and took us to the pier. The boat ride to the island was beautiful as we left the heart of Perth. We took the bus ride around the island to get our bearings and then after lunch, went back to one of the small beaches. Everything was handled well and we thoroughly enjoyed our day. We even saw several quokkas!
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All of it.
Greg_L
, Mar 2020
Fantastic day had by my partner and I, the guide on the bus was very informative and had a great personality. I would recommend this tour to everyone.
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Wonderful Ocean Views
Nobeachtown
, Mar 2020
Wonderful tour around the Island with knowledgeable tour guides. All the Volunteers on the Island are fabulous. Did not snorkel but the beaches were amazing.
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Fantastic
Garry_L
, Mar 2020
Fantastic day, wonderful helpful staff made a great day. Very good and informative tour guide made the whole island experience a gem.
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Nice Attractionn but presentation was substandard
dgordner1
, Mar 2020
It's like moving cattle to market . High production, with minimal quality (time and detail) at the attractions . I booked and paid for specific inclusions 2 months ahead of time, only to find out at day before that they would not be available. The tour operator (Rottnest Explorer), says they notified Viator. I never was notified until I confirmed with Rottnest. Dissatisfied to have to accept a bus tour instead of the original boat round round island. Provided lunch was average. Return ferry ride with wine taste and music was nice.
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Rottnest island
LJB
, Mar 2020
We took the outbound ferry from Perth. This then stopped to pick up 200 people in Fremantle. The outbound journey took a long time! Rottnest was very busy and as we didn’t want to cycle were pleased to have booked the island tour rather than using the hop on hop off bus which was crammed full. Lunch was a good option as well. One problem was that our only option on return ferry to Perth was at 5pm. We wanted to leave earlier and easily changed to a ferry back to Fremantle via a free phone in the visitor centre. Easy option to then get the train back to Perth. Trip was well worth it for the beautiful scenery.
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A cute experience!
Marina
, Feb 2020
Beautiful place....the ocean view! The white beaches! The quokkas so nice all around, the eco sustainable small houses to stay....
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A vert good day.
bettytompkinswhite
, Feb 2020
Grace was great as was our driver. Sorry forgot his name. Was so helpful and friendly. Bustour as just the right length and lunch at Karma was very good.
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A pleasant day among the Quokka!
saxon65
, Feb 2020
The tour includes a round-trip ferry ride to Rottnest Island with commentary and a 90 minute guided tour by bus (with an few stops for pics) to give you an overview of the island. After the tour you have the afternoon to eat, explore the areas that interest you, swim and/or relax. The waters around the island were lovely blues and the local Quokkas were interesting to observe. A good choice for those who do not wish to explore the island by bike. The staff and transportation were excellent. A visit to the island is a must and this tour made for a pleasant visit.
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Beautiful sandy bays and azure sea
thompson024
, Feb 2020
Excellent trip. We took the ferry from Perth, via Fremantle to Rottnest. On arrival at Rottnest Island we had a short period of free time before the organised tour of the island which was well worth doing. The local tour bus as opposed to the one with this tour, was packed with folk standing. We were divided between coaches so that each coach was only partially filled. There is no other transport on the island other than push bikes. The island is breathtakingly beautiful with pristine beaches and jewelled coloured seas. After the tour we walked to Long Reach Beach which was gorgeous with soft white sands and calm turquoise waters. quokkas too of course! This was one of the best days we spent during three weeks across Australia and definitely the best way to see Rottnest. Well organised helpful staff.
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