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

1. 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. 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 & 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 or Fremantle: Rottnest Island Ferry and Bus Tour

3. 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 30-minute journey to Rottnest Island. Meet your tour guide at Rottnest Island Settlement Main Bus Station 15 minutes prior to the tour start time. Hop on the bus tour and 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.

From Perth: The Pinnacles Desert Sunset and Star-Gazing Tour

4. From Perth: The Pinnacles Desert Sunset and Star-Gazing Tour

Discover the magic of the Pinnacles Desert on a guided tour. Head west to the Turquoise Coast and keep an eye out for native wildlife. Stop in Lancelin for a walk along the beach. Experience the thrill of sandboarding down giant sand dunes. Board the bus and visit Ngilgen Lookout to see seasonal wildflowers (spring time only) and admire views over the Indian Ocean. Go for a guided walk on the beach at Hangover Bay to see native plants that were used by the Aboriginals for food and medicine when they lived off the land. If we stop at Nilgen Nature Reserve we normally don't have time to stop here as well. Enjoy dinner in the middle of the the Pinnacles Desert, accompanied by a glass of Margaret River wine. See the sunset over the Indian Ocean and later marvel at the stars with the help of Astro binoculars and a telescope.  See the Rings of Saturn (in season) through the telescope and photograph the moon by attaching your smartphone to the telescope.

Mandurah: Dolphin and Views Cruise with Optional Lunch

5. Mandurah: Dolphin and Views Cruise with Optional Lunch

Cruise with playful, wild dolphins on Western Australia's best value marine tour! Explore Mandurah's winding waterways on a 1-hour scenic cruise, showcasing the highlights of this coastal paradise. The award - winning city’s pristine waters are home to more than 100 Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins – the largest residential population in WA. See these captivating, wild creatures up close as they feed and play in their natural environment. Dolphin sightings guaranteed, or cruise again for free! Surrounded by a giant estuary, twice the size of Sydney Harbour, Mandurah Cruises takes you travelling through the city's calm inland waterways – from magnificent canals lined with luxury homes, to its fishing boat harbour and vast wetlands of world importance. Spot pelicans, ospreys, swans, water birds and migratory shorebirds on the wetlands. Visit cultural landmarks and learn about local Aboriginal history along the way. Kids love nautical fun on deck, with a lifelike engine room, captain’s wheel, boat bell, giant binoculars and more. Enjoy live commentary by expert marine guides, sharing stories of Mandurah, its incredible natural environment, and the wildlife that call it home. For lunch, add famous local fish & chips from Cicerello’s (available on the 11.30am cruise). Discover Mandurah’s unique wonders of the water, only an hour from Perth. Cruises depart daily from central Mandurah. Every ticket includes a free dolphin guarantee!

From Fremantle: Rottnest Island Ferry and Bike Day Tour

6. From Fremantle: Rottnest Island Ferry and Bike Day Tour

Experience Rottnest Island at your leisure on a day trip with round-trip fast ferry transfers and bike hire from Fremantle. Admire the stunning views as you cycle across the island. Depart from Fremantle and enjoy a scenic ferry ride 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 6.8 miles (11km) long by 2.5 miles (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.

Hillarys Boat Harbour: Rottnest Island Ferry Transfer

7. 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.

Perth: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Ticket

8. Perth: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Ticket

Enjoy bird's-eye views of Kings Park and Perth's many other attractions. Take photos from the open top deck-viewing platform. Jump on the bus at any of the 12 conveniently located stops around the city. Your 24 or 48-hour ticket also includes a tour around Kings Park. A complete circuit takes 2 hours. Buses run every hour. There’s shade on the top deck and air-conditioning downstairs, so you’ll be comfortable regardless of the weather. Tour Highlights: • Kings Park and Botanic Gardens • Northbridge • Crown Perth • Elizabeth Quay • The WACA • The Bell Tower • The Perth Mint • The Swan River • Museum & Art Gallery of WA • Perth Town Hall • Water Town Discount Shopping Complex • Perth City Shopping Malls

Australia: eSIM Mobile Data Plan

9. Australia: eSIM Mobile Data Plan

Make your trip to Australia hassle-free with your convenient eSIM. Stay connected on your travels with high-speed coverage in Australia. Purchase and install your eSIM anytime and anywhere, and choose from a variety of data packages, validity options, and coverage in additional countries. Simply scan the eSIM QR code to access all your essential apps on your trip. Avoid the trouble of managing multiple SIMs with this zero-waste solution. Get one eSIM per device and top up by simply buying and activating additional eSIM plans as you go. Once activated, your coverage will begin according to your selected duration. All iPhone models launched beyond iPhone XS can support eSIM. For Android, if you are unsure, please check with the guideline photo for eligibility. Data plan information- APN (Access Point Name): 3gnet Local operator: Optus

Rottnest Island All-Inclusive Day Tour from Perth

10. Rottnest Island All-Inclusive Day Tour from Perth

See the best of Rottnest Island on this full-day, all-inclusive tour of Western Australia's most beautiful island, just 19 kilometers off the coast of Perth.  Begin your day at Hillary's Boat Harbor in Perth, where you can explore the harbor. You will get there on a lightning-fast ocean crossing aboard the local partner's high-speed ferries. It is recommended to arrive at Hillary's Boat Harbor at 9:00 AM for the 10:00 AM ferry departure.  Then, discover everything this beautiful island has to offer on a 3.5-hour all-inclusive fully guided bus tour. Explore the stunning beauty of this A-Class reserve in air-conditioned comfort, taking in the amazing fauna and flora of the island, stunning beaches, woodlands, and incredible salt lakes - all ending in a unique historic train ride. Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch as part of the bus tour.  On the bus tour, you will visit all of Rottnest's must-see locations including the Wadjemup Lighthouse, Henrietta rocks, Oliver Hill gun fortification and tunnels, Cape Vlamingh, and the majestic lookout point at Cathedral Rocks.  Learn all about the major natural habitats found on the island, as well as about Rottnest's cultural and historical heritage from maritime to military, and what future developments are planned for this beautiful spot.  When you're ready, return to Perth by ferry. The last ferry departs Rottnest at approximately 4:30 PM.

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4.6 / 5

based on 250 reviews

We had been to Fremantle several times but hadn’t bothered about Rottnest. The locals will tell you not to bother, especially in the busiest and hottest time of the year. January 5!! Too hot for us to bike or walk around so we took the air conditioned coach . 1:45 minutes tour. Our tour driver was fun and very informative , showing us the sights and sharing information about the history and present day of the island. There is a 4 hour bus option with lunch included which I would recommend as you would see more in depth . Well worth the time and money

The tour was absolutely fabulous! My guide Bill was knowledgeable and personable, and dropped me directly back at my accommodation even though he wasn’t required to! The bus was air conditioned and equipped with charging ports and there were plenty of comfort stops made. Just beware that there is a lot of driving (I’m used to it, but others may not be). It was a fabulous day that I’d highly recommend!

The Pinnacles Desert Sunset and Star-Gazing Tour was the best thing we did while in Perth. From pick-up to drop off Gavin and Sam looked after us amazingly and went above and beyond to ensure all tour members had a wonderful time.

Ferries well maintained, the staff friendly and helpful. Great commentary during the trip

Really great trip, Gavin was very knowledgeable and organized!