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Booking Rottnest Island Authority accommodation

The cheapest and most authentic way to stay on Rotto is to book into accommodation offered by the Rottnest island Authority (RIA).

The website about-australia.com offers the following useful summary of what types of accommodation RIA has on offer:

"Bungalows
Bungalows are located in Thomson Bay only. Built in the 1920s and one of the first holiday units on the Island, the bungalows have recently undergone a significant upgrade whilst retaining the important heritage value. Bungalows now have their own bathroom, new floorings, new furniture and a new kitchen. The bungalows come in configurations of four beds and six beds only.

"Caroline Thomson Cabins
The new look Caroline Thomson area with cedar-clad cabins opened in January 2002. These one room cabins with a veranda feature a kitchenette and separate bathroom, together with two sets of bunks and a double bed. Located in Thomson Bay only. The cabin can sleep up to six guests.

"Cottages - Heritage View
Cottages are located at Thomson Bay and Kingstown and in the majority of cases are identified as having heritage value. Cottages are defined as heritage and refurbished, and some contain additional features such as microwaves. The cottages come in configurations of four beds, six beds and eight beds.

"Cottages - Superior View
Cottages are located at Thomson Bay and Kingstown and in the majority of cases are identified as having heritage value. Cottages are defined as heritage and refurbished, and some contain additional features such as microwaves. The cottages come in configurations of four beds, six beds and eight beds.

"Units
Units are situated back from the beach and are mainly located in the Thomson and Fays Bay settlement areas, with three in Geordie Bay. Some of the Thomson Bay units have been refurbished. The units come in configurations of four beds, six beds and eight beds.

"Villas
Refurbished villas are the most popular type of accommodation on Rottnest Island and many villas have spectacular views of the ocean or salt lakes. Most of the villas in Thomson Bay have been refurbished in the past five years. Villas in Geordie Bay, Longreach Bay and Fays Bay have also been recently refurbished. The villas come in configurations of four bed, six bed and eight bed."

For more information - including indicative prices - follow this link.

Family holidays on Rotto are a Perth institution, but bear in mind that the RIA accommodation has a maximum capacity of less than 3,000 beds: if you consider that the island gets half a million tourists per year, it's not hard to see why RIA accomodation is in great demand, particularly over peak periods such as Christmas, Easter and 'schoolies' (see my tip under 'Warnings and Dangers'.

For reservations, you can book online using the website below. Alternatively, contact the RIA Central Reservations on +61 08 9432 9111 or visit their office at B Shed, Victoria Quay, Fremantle, which is just by the ferry terminal.

If the RIA accommodation is full, then there are other options such as the Rottnest Lodge (see photo above), but be warned that these tend to be on a bed and breakfast or full board basis and are also lot more expensive. Off season, look in the travel supplement of Saturday's West Australian, which sometimes offers good package deals for Rotto, particularly in winter.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written November 12, 2011
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Rottnest Lodge

The Rottnest Lodge is just behind the Settlement walk. The 150 year old buildings were first used as a prison and barracks. They have now been converted into holiday accommodation. A variety of accommodation is available for all needs and budgets from premium suites to budget units or rooms. They also have a restaurant, 2 bars and pool. All rooms are non smoking and there are 2 rooms for the physically challenged. Check in is 1.00pm and check out is 10.00am.

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  • Written March 8, 2008
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Quokka Arms Hotel Accommodation

In the main building there are upstairs apartments for accommodation. There are 4 bedrooms with queensize beds. They rooms are self contained with a tv, dining and lounge room, microwave, tea/coffee facilities and fridge. There are bathroom and laundry facilities also.

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  • Written March 7, 2008
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The Cabins

The cabins are the Caroline Thomson Cabins and are cedar clad. These are a recent addition to the accommodation on Rottnest and were added in 2002. They are just one room cabins with a little veranda. They provide a kitchenette with two sets of bunks and a double bed. There is a separate bathroom. They hold up to 6 people and the rate is around $10.00 more per night at the weekends.

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  • Written March 6, 2008
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The Cottages

The cottages are found in both Thomson Bay and Kingstown and have been renovated. They have a choice of 4 bed,, 6 bed and 8 bed units and then there are some with a Heritage View as well. A microwave is included in these units.

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  • Written March 6, 2008
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Rottnest Bungalows

The bungalows on Rottnest are found in Thomson Bay. These houses were built in the 1920’s. The were some of the first holiday units on Rottnest. They have been renovated and have all new furniture, floorings and new kitchens. There are 4 bed and 6 bed units and the rate is about $5.00 higher per night at the weekend.

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  • Related to: Family Travel, Beaches
  • Written March 6, 2008
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Kingstown Barracks YHA: Hostel in military barracks

The rooms where a bit small, but I was only there for one night, so it didn't really matter. You can get your keys at the Visitors centre at the port. It's about 1.5 kilometers from there. It's the only dormitory accomodation on the island, so you don't really have a choice, unless you can spend some money. There is a TV room and a kitchen, but you don't meet a lot of people outside your roommates.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Backpacking, Budget Travel
  • Written February 28, 2006

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Quokka Arms - circa 1864: Historic Stay on Rottnest Island

The Quokka Arms' rooms are great for a romantic getaway or family break. Rooms are fully serviced and include private bathrooms, tea and coffee facilities and a colour TV... but you shouldn't need the Teli as you're on holiday!

You'll also discover Hampton's Sportsmen's Bar & Chargrill is a great place to hangout in and if you need to change the scene try Captain Jack's fireside lounge!

One of the finest examples of mid-Victorian architecture remaining in Western Australia and once the official summer residence for the Governors of our fine state.

A continental breakfast each day is included in your tarrif.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Birdwatching, Family Travel, Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
  • Written May 23, 2005
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Rottnest Lodging

This is typical accommodation on Rottnest. Some of these places are owned by locals from the mainland and used as holiday homes while some are available for rent.

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  • Related to: Family Travel
  • Written October 14, 2003
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Typical Rottnest accommodation


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General accommodation tip

Very close to where the ferries arrive there is an office providing assistance with finding accommodation. If you want to stay overnight and haven't booked anywhere, this might be useful.

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  • Written October 14, 2003
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Rottnest Accommodation Services


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Rottnest Hotel

The Rottnest Hotel (or the Quokka Arms Hotel as it is now known) is one of the upmarket hotels on the island. It was once a stately Colonial style mansion and the official summer residence for the Governors of Western Australia. It was built in 1864 and recognised as one of the finest examples of Mid-Victorian architecture remaining in Western Australia. Originally it was named the Governor's Cottage to indicate its junior level to "Government House" on the mainland. It seems that the Governors usually spent up to 2 months annually on the island with their butler, servants and carriages.

The building was converted into the "Rottnest Hotel" in 1953. I have to say that while the view was great, we were right on the beach with our own balcony, the decor was pretty run down and the cost of the room didn’t run cheap. The name changed in 2004 and I believe it has gone through a major upgrade since.

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  • Related to: Historical Travel, Architecture
  • Written November 9, 2002
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