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Rottnest Island Day Trip by Ferry & Adventure Boat Tour

Activity provider: Rottnest Express

Rottnest Island Day Trip by Ferry & Adventure Boat Tour

Activity provider: Rottnest Express
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From US$ 96.37 per person

Likely to sell out

Take on Rottnest Island on this full-day adventure from Perth or Fremantle, including ferry transfers and a wildlife boat ride around the island.

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Duration 9 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Combine adventure and exploration on a Rottnest Island day trip from Perth or Fremantle
  • Enjoy same-day roundtrip ferry transfers plus a 90-minute adventure boat tour
  • See humpback whales, seals, dolphins, and giant ospreys throughout the year
Full description

Enjoy a full-day adventure to Rottnest Island from Perth or Fremantle with ferry transfers, a 1.5-hour adventure boat tour, and free time to explore. 

When booking, select your ferry departure location, either Perth or Fremantle. From Perth, you’ll enjoy a scenic 1-hour cruise with live commentary along the Swan River to Fremantle before heading to the island. 

Alternatively, join the ferry at Fremantle for just the 25-minute ride to Rottnest Island. Then embark on a 1.5-hour wildlife thrill ride aboard a purpose-built, high-powered vessel for the adventure of a lifetime. 

This is the ultimate natural Rottnest adventure, with adaptive real-time commentary. Your guides are motivated and passionate about the island and feel privileged to be able to showcase this side of Rottnest. Circumnavigate Rottnest Island, weather permitting. 

Experience an unforgettable, entertaining, and informative tour. The waters off Rottnest Island are teeming with wildlife, including majestic humpback whales who visit the area from September-November. Watch the delightful antics of the New Zealand fur seal colony out at Cathedral Rocks. 

After your tour, have free time on the island to explore independently. You could perhaps rent a bike (at your own cost) or go swimming off one of the white-sand beaches before catching the return ferry back to Perth or Fremantle.

Includes
  • English-speaking guide
  • Rottnest Island admission fee
  • Pickup available from select Perth hotels by arrangement (book at least 24 hours in advance and confirm with the local tour operator)
  • Return ferry transfers to Rottnest Island
  • Swan River Cruise with commentary (from Perth only)
  • Guided introduction walking tour
  • 90-minute Rottnest adventure boat tour
  • Hotel drop off
  • Meals and drinks
  • Additional activities
Not suitable for
  • Children under 4 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meeting point may vary depending on the option booked.

Important information

Know before you go

  • Ticket includes Rottnest Island Admission Fee of $19.50 for adults and $7.00 for children
  • Ferry tickets valid for same-day return from selected departure point
  • Complimentary hotel pickup is available from select Perth city hotels. Hotel pickups from Fremantle hotels are currently unavailable. Hotel pickups are subject to availability, and must be pre-booked via phone
  • Please note that pickup must be booked at least 24 hours prior to your tour and be confirmed directly with the local tour operator. Last-minute requests cannot always be accommodated, so please book your pickup in advance to avoid disappointment
  • Adventure Boat is only available between late September and May and is weather dependent
  • Adventure Boat tour is not suitable for pregnant women, passengers with a pre-existing back injury, wheelchair users, or children under 4 years of age
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 129 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.6/5
  • Transportation
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5

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We went on a rainy and very windy day and figured we were going to get wet anyway! The boat ride was lots of fun and it was nice to pull in close to each bay and learn about sea lions, sea grass and shipwrecks. Just a note - go to the office in front of the sheds to exchange your 'coupon' for actual tickets. Also you are lining up for the red/fast ferry and catching the adventure boat from Rottnest Island. Then ferry back. Our times were 9.30 red ferry, 11.30 adventure ride, 4.30 red ferry (from Freemantle).

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December 14, 2022

I was very uncertain about this tour because the communication was all automated (and I booked last minute), but thankfully everything worked out just fine. Just FYI you cannot scan the QR code you are emailed at the boat itself; take it to the ticket counter and they will exchange it for a boat ticket. The tour itself was amazing. We saw three gigantic whales and they came so, so close to the boat. It was a very worthwhile trip!!

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November 17, 2022

I would recommend everyone going to Rottnest (a great place in its own right), to get a different perspective of the island ( flora and fauna ) ,by circumnavigating it ,on an adventure tour. It enhanced the overall experience and provided further education in regard to the environment, its indigenous origins, and its overall history. The guides were informative, interesting and personable. The experience was extraordinarily fulfilling.

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April 20, 2022

Product ID: 25049