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Our most recommended Perth Sailing Trips & Tours

From Perth or Fremantle: Rottnest Island Ferry and Bus Tour

1. From Perth or Fremantle: Rottnest Island Ferry and Bus Tour

Explore the stunning beauty of Rottnest Island on a day trip with return ferry transfers from Fremantle or Perth. While there, enjoy an included 1-hour 45-minute bus tour in air-conditioned comfort and listen to live commentary as you discover the island's flora, fauna, and must-see locations. When booking, select your departure location from either Perth or Fremantle. If you depart from Perth, enjoy a Swan River scenic cruise past Fremantle and onward to Rottnest Island. Alternatively, board the ferry in Fremantle and enjoy the 35-minute journey to Rottnest Island. Upon arrival on the island, hop on board your bus tour. Take in Rottnest's amazing flora and fauna, including beaches, woodlands, and salt lakes. Learn about the island's colonial and maritime history from the live commentary, too. The bus tour covers all of Rottnest’s must-see locations, including the Wadjemup Lighthouse, Henrietta Rocks, the majestic lookout point at the rugged Cathedral Rocks, and Cape Vlamingh. Afterward, have free time to explore the island at your own leisure, before boarding your return ferry.

Perth: Swim with Wild Dolphins Tour

2. Perth: Swim with Wild Dolphins Tour

Enjoy swimming with wild dolphins, a bucket list memorable adventure. Rockingham is a 45-minute drive south of Perth. In Rockingham, climb aboard the custom-built luxury dolphin swim boat designed to make accessing the water easy. Cruise Rockingham’s sheltered bays and islands in search of any of over 200 local dolphins. The crew will conduct introductory snorkeling lessons. Suddenly, you are surrounded by flashing grey torpedoes and the water is filled with whistles, splashes, and laughter, both human and dolphin. They don’t do tricks and you don’t feed them, they simply spend some time enjoying each other’s company. After your experience, enjoy a gourmet platter, including fresh local seafood onboard before returning to Rockingham, where your day finishes with the drive back to Perth. Choose to swim with the dolphins or stay dry onboard as a spectator.

Rottnest Island Day Trip by Ferry & Adventure Boat Tour

3. Rottnest Island Day Trip by Ferry & Adventure Boat Tour

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.

From Perth: Rottnest Island Ferry & Bike Trip

4. From Perth: Rottnest Island Ferry & Bike Trip

Experience Rottnest Island at your leisure on a day trip with round-trip fast ferry transfers and bike hire from Perth. Admire the stunning views as you cycle the 11km long island. Depart from Perth and enjoy a scenic 1-hour ferry ride with live commentary along the Swan River to Fremantle before heading to the island. Disembark at Rottnest Island and explore independently as you cycle from the jetty. Take in the views along secluded bays and beaches and breathe the fresh air as you cycle the 11km long by 4km wide island. Visit the bays on the south to avoid the easterly winds and make your way to the Basin, Parakeet Bay, and Little Armstrong Bay on the southwest in the afternoon.

Swan River Twilight Cruise from Perth

5. Swan River Twilight Cruise from Perth

Enjoy your time in Perth with an early evening cruise along the majestic Swan River. The cruise departs from Barrack Street Jetty, a short stroll from Perth’s central business district.  Take in the beautiful city skyline and panoramic views as you slowly cruise the local waters of Perth and its surroundings. Relax and enjoy a complimentary drink from the bar. See Perth’s iconic sights including Elizabeth Quay, Kings Park, the Old Swan Brewery, the Burswood Peninsula, and Claisebrook Cove.

Perth: Swan River Scenic Cruise with Lunch

6. Perth: Swan River Scenic Cruise with Lunch

The Swan River comes alive in summer, with the abundance of bird and marine life, and sun reflecting off the water providing a truly unique experience. Unwind whilst exploring the city on an upstream cruise. Stepping onboard the Lunch Cruise, settle in for an afternoon of enjoyment as you slowly drift away from the city center and explore the Swan River System which holds special spiritual significance for the Nyoongar people, the traditional caretakers of this land. This all-inclusive lunch provides you with a fabulous selection of hot buffet dishes, complemented by a variety of gourmet salads, we have an option to suit every taste. All-inclusive standard wine, beer, and soft drink are on offer for the duration of the cruise.

Rottnest: Skydiving and Return Ferry from Fremantle or Perth

7. Rottnest: Skydiving and Return Ferry from Fremantle or Perth

See the beauty of the Australian coastline from above as your soar through the sky with this thrilling skydiving package. Your ferry to Rottnest Island will depart from Fremantle, or Perth. Begin your experience with a warm welcome at the facilities of the Rottnest Island Airport. After a thorough safety briefing by your expert skydiving instructor, you’ll take to the skies aboard the Geronimo aircraft. It’s your choice what height you’d like to jump from: take your pick from 10,000, 14,000, or 15,000 feet. The sights begin as you ascend to your preferred altitude, taking in stunning views of the Western Australia coast, Perth, and beyond. Next, harnessed to your instructor, jump out of the plane and free-fall gracefully above the island. Enjoy the views of the ocean waters stretching far and wide below. Once you’ve come back down to earth, you’ll head to a beachside bar for a drink, and time to reflect on the one-of-a-kind new perspective you’ve gained on the world around you.

From Perth or Fremantle: Rottnest Island Seafood Cruise

8. From Perth or Fremantle: Rottnest Island Seafood Cruise

After a ferry ride to Rottnest Island, begin your adventure by boarding a luxury vessel, where you’ll be served a tasty selection of local seafood and drinks. The ‘thrill of the catch’ will be yours to remember forever, as you pull up pots of Western Rock lobster (or ‘crayfish’, as it's commonly known in Australia).  Learn more about this unique and delicious ocean delicacy from your crew, then sit back and enjoy watching an exquisite seafood feast prepared right before your eyes. Hot off the barbecue, your lobster will be served alongside other fresh seafood delights such as sashimi salmon, freshly shucked oysters, Blue Swimmer crabs, prawns, and an array of delicious accompaniments. Enjoy it all paired with unlimited Western Australian wine, beer and soft drinks, served as you cruise.

From Perth: Rottnest Bike and Ferry Package

9. From Perth: Rottnest Bike and Ferry Package

Catch the ferry to Rottnest Island and collect your pre-booked bike hire to start your journey. Discover Rottnest Island by bicycle and experience over 63 beaches and 20 bays as you explore this unique Class A Reserve renowned for its high conservation and community values.  Cycling is environmentally friendly and a fun recreational activity for all ages. As Rottnest Island has essentially no cars, cycling is one of the best ways to get around the island. With a free bike fitting and breakdown service available, this is the perfect way to experience Rottnest. Easily return your bike and catch your return ferry when you are done.

Augusta: Whale Watching Tour

10. Augusta: Whale Watching Tour

Step on board and cruise Flinders Bay in style on board the Alison Maree, the sturdiest charter vessel in the South West. Everyone is treated as a VIP on board the vessel with complimentary access available to the Skippers lounge. Listen to old folk stories from Skipper Dundee or Jamie or head down the front of the vessel and learn the history and movements of the whales from the experienced on board Marine Biologist, ask them as many questions as you like. Enjoy a morning or afternoon tea consisting of a hot drink or water and help yourself to some biscuits. With a 99% success sighting rating, you are almost 100% guaranteed to see whales on your tour, if not you can join a tour again for free. The tours are family friendly and suitable for all ages. On average it takes about 7 minutes from departing the Marina until whales are sighted, with over 35000 Humpbacks migrating, binoculars aren't required, there's plenty to see. The cruise goes for approximately 2 hours in the sheltered waters of Flinders Bay, Augusta which is a resting place for the whales whilst on their northern migration. Quite often sighted here is the Southern Right whale - always amazing to see as they were once almost extinct from being hunted back in the whaling days, and due to their gestation period their populations haven't quite recovered as well as the Humpbacks.

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4.6 / 5

based on 851 reviews

I was looking forward to this experience and it really was worth the wait!! The history of the island and the continued protection of its fauna and flora is outstanding. Then of course you get to observe the happy little Quokka’s, they are truly unique!

Wonderful day!! Lots of Quokkas to see including babies, so cute!!! Such a beautiful place to visit, the scenery is great from one end of the island to the other. Make a booking, you won't be disappointed!!

We were late for our ride to Rottnest. But the staff was accommodating and rescheduled us. Do go Rottnest early as you feel that you don’t have enough time to get photos with the Quokkas.

Ferry was fine. Clean and comfortable. The guided bus tour was fantastic. Ted (driver) was very informative, cheery and helpful. Definitely recommend it to learn more about Rottnest.

This is a real fun activity for family; swimming with wild dolphins in open water is a must do tour. 2 thumbs up!!