Things to do in Western Australia

Our most recommended things to do in Western Australia

From Fremantle: Rottnest Ferry & Bike Hire Package

1. From Fremantle: Rottnest Ferry & Bike Hire Package

Explore the island of Rottnest by bike. Take a ferry from Fremantle and experience the beaches and bays of this car-free environment on two wheels. 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 an environmentally friendly and 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.

From Fremantle: Rottnest Island Ferry & Admission Ticket

2. From Fremantle: Rottnest Island Ferry & Admission Ticket

Visit Rottnest Island with same-day or extended return ferry tickets departing from Fremantle. Choose from multiple departure times to suit your schedule and maximize your time on the island. Board the ‘Quokka 1’ ferry, the newest and most environment-friendly vessel servicing Rottnest Island. Enjoy the 35-minute fast-ferry crossing in air-conditioned comfort with free WiFi. Kick start your island adventure with a beverage, light snack, and tea or coffee from the fully-stocked bar onboard (food and drinks not included in the ferry price). On arrival at the island, spend your day exploring. Enjoy a wide range of activities including bike riding, snorkeling and guided tours on the island (at your own expense). Purchase food from eateries or general stores or bring along your own packed lunch to savor in the tranquil setting.

From Perth: Rottnest Island Full-Day Bike and Ferry Trip

3. From Perth: Rottnest Island Full-Day Bike and Ferry Trip

Enjoy the best of Rottnest Island with bike rental and same-day return ferry tickets. Get in the saddle and explore this unique island without cars at your own pace. If self-driving, choose from two departure times. Make your own way to Hillarys Boat Harbour. Arrive at the meeting point 30 to 45-minutes before boarding to collect your bike and tickets. Enjoy a coffee at Hillarys Boat Harbour before boarding. Relax on the 45-minute high-speed ferry crossing. On arrival, enjoy a full day to explore Rottnest Island at your own pace. Add-on a snorkel set at check-out to discover the island’s beautiful marine life. Pedal to Wadjemup Lighthouse or race to the West End. Discover the many different bays and beaches. Be sure to meet a smiling quokka and snap a selfie! Leave Rottnest Island on the 4:30 pm ferry, returning to Hillarys Boat Harbour at 5:15 pm.

From Fremantle: Rottnest Island Ferry, Snorkel and Bike Hire

4. From Fremantle: Rottnest Island Ferry, Snorkel and Bike Hire

Hop on the ferry to Rottnest Island. Ride by bike around the island's car-free environment, and enjoy snorkeling on one of its many sandy beaches. Arrive on the island and enjoy the freedom to explore Rottnest at your leisure. There’s plenty to see, do, and discover on the island, including over 63 beaches and 20 bays. Make the most of your bike and snorkel hire for the day by getting stuck into everything that the island has to offer. Set out on a cycling adventure across the island to discover some of the very best beaches in Western Australia. Spend some time relaxing on the white sandy beaches, or cool off with a refreshing dip in the sea. Grab your snorkel and set out in search of colorful sea life as you swim in the crystal-clear waters of the island. At the end of an action-packed day, head back to the ferry for your return trip.

Dunsborough: Whale Watching Tour

5. Dunsborough: Whale Watching Tour

Step on board the luxury vessel, Alison Maree, for a 2.5 hour scenic whale watching cruise in the pristine waters of Geographe Bay. Enjoy a cup of tea and a biscuit whilst you marvel at the sight of a pod of Humpback whales - with over 35000 Humpbacks migrating through the bay with their young, there is plenty to see. Humpback Whales are the playful ones, you can often see them breach, spy hop, and be very playful and friendly - no binoculars required. In the months of October and November the mighty Blue Whale is also often sighted, these whales are the largest living animal on the planet so it is an amazing feeling to look at these whales in awe with their graceful yet large presence. Dolphins are often seen riding the ship's bow, you will want to be standing up the front of the boat to get the best glimpse of these beautiful agile creatures. Not only is this an amazing whale watching cruise but the scenery is stunning; cruise along Eagle Bay, Castle Rock, Bunker Bay, and past the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse.

Rockingham: 1-hour Shoalwater Islands Tour & Penguin Island

6. Rockingham: 1-hour Shoalwater Islands Tour & Penguin Island

Enjoy the scenic highlights of the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park during a 1-hour glass bottom boat cruise that explores the ruggedly spectacular coastlines of Penguin, Seal & Bird Islands and takes advantage of the best wildlife spotting opportunities.  Take in the beautiful scenery in the marine park and through the glass panels you can also see what goes on beneath the surface. Wild dolphins, rare Australian sea lions, pelican rookeries, and birds of prey are regularly sighted and our friendly crew will get you right amongst the action. Though, please note that no sightings are guaranteed.  The Cruise concludes on Penguin Island to see the penguin feeding and then enjoy some island time before returning on the ferry at your own leisure. Penguin feedings are presented by a Parks & Wildlife Services ranger at 10.30am, 12.30 & 2.30pm and last around 20 minutes, after which the rangers are available to answer any visitor questions.

Coral Bay: Ningaloo Reef 3-Hour Turtle Ecotour

7. Coral Bay: Ningaloo Reef 3-Hour Turtle Ecotour

Enjoy a 3-hour Turtle Tour on a glass-bottomed boat - the best way to view turtles feeding in their natural surroundings. Learn about the most commonly found sea turtle species on the Ningaloo Reef which is the Green Sea Turtle. The experienced crew will share their in-depth knowledge of this amazing turtle species and their behavior.  Take the opportunity to view the amazing coral, feed the fish, and snorkel at 2 specially selected sites. Snorkeling equipment, hot drinks, and snacks will be provided.

Mandurah: Dolphin and Views Cruise with Optional Lunch

8. Mandurah: Dolphin and Views Cruise with Optional Lunch

Explore the waterways of Mandurah on a cruise that will help you to get to know about this special area and its wildlife. Meet Western Australia’s largest local population of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins and watch as they feed, rest, and play in their natural environment. Watch a western rock lobster and blue swimmer crab catch demonstration and see these iconic creatures up close. Explore the city’s 20+ kilometers of illustrious canals, framed with luxurious homes. Cruise through the region’s wetlands, protected by the United Nations as a natural site of worldwide importance, where you’ll spot pelicans, ospreys, swans, and other water birds. Along the way, see significant heritage-protected landmarks and important cultural sites. Your tour guide and captain will provide live commentary throughout the cruise.Kids can help the Captain drive from the custom steering wheel at the front of the boat and peek through giant binoculars in search of wildlife. If choosing the 11:30 AM departure, you can also enjoy a delicious lunch on board from Western Australia's favorite fish and chips shop, Cicerello’s. Note: The lunch must be purchased directly - Contact Mandurah Cruises on +61 8 9581 1242 to add lunch to your booking.

Hillarys Boat Harbour: Rottnest Island Ferry Transfer

9. Hillarys Boat Harbour: Rottnest Island Ferry Transfer

Experience Rottnest Island with same-day round-trip fast ferry tickets. Choose from two ferry departure times: 7:30 AM or 10 AM. Make your own way to Hillarys Boat Harbour or select complimentary coach transfers.  Arrive at the meeting point 30 to 45-minutes before boarding to collect your bike and tickets. Enjoy a coffee at Hillarys Boat Harbour before boarding. Relax on the 45-minute high-speed ferry crossing. Spend the day enjoying some of the island's 63 beaches and 20 bays. Rent a bike or snorkeling equipment. Join a guided tour to learn about the island's decades of history and involvement in WWII, or climb Wadjemup Lighthouse. Be sure to meet a smiling quokka and snap a selfie! Leave Rottnest Island on the 4:30 pm ferry, returning to Hillarys Boat Harbour at 5:15 pm.

Marine Eco Safari - Swim With Manta Rays

10. Marine Eco Safari - Swim With Manta Rays

Join this 5 to 6 hour Marine Eco Safari aboard the Kurni-Ku, custom built to specifically navigate around the Heritage Listed Ningaloo Reef. It is the perfect way to experience one of the few places in the world with a resident population of Manta Rays all year round! Your tour begins at 8:00 AM at the Coral Bay Ecotours office (unless otherwise informed), followed by a short bus transfer to the jetty to board the vessel. Then you will head out for your first reef snorkel experience in Bills Bay, where you may encounter numerous fish, reef sharks, and other marine species and the beautiful coral gardens. After morning tea you will visit the sea turtle sanctuary where you can observe turtles feeding and surfacing for air. You will then head to Bateman’s Bay, where, with the assistance of a spotter plane, there is the opportunity to snorkel with Manta Rays. On the return home, you will stop for an afternoon snorkel.

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Overall rating

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based on 6,081 reviews

Our tour guide Sam was brilliant. Super friendly chatty and knowledgeable on route to Pinnacles. Comfy mini bus. Great fun on sand dunes! Enjoyed the stop off at hangover bay and listening to information given on bushwalk/ medicine uses of native flowers etc. star gazing was amazing and experience we will never forget, clouds finally cleared and we had a view of Saturn and Jupiter (by two fantastic telescopes ) Brief talk of the universe and planets was given. Bbq was good. Hot dogs and lots of salads to chose from. All in all a really memorable afternoon and evening. Thank you!

Great cruise with lots to see and the ladies did a really informative commentary. If you don’t get to see a dolphin you get to go back another time free. Doesn’t get any better than that. Will go again.

The whole experience was excellent. Alan was very knowledgeable, friendly and a brilliant tour guide.

Hotel pick up on time, easy to plan and enjoyed our time on Rottnest. Will use them again.

The staff were excellent. A pleasant experience with whales too. Thank you.