Rottnest Island Transportation

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    Hop onto the Bayseeker Bus!

    by xuessium Updated Jan 20, 2006

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    Another great way of getting around the island to help you get to that beautiful bay you have heard so much about. Hop on & off as desired.

    You'll need to purchase an all-day ticket from the Visitor Centre.

    FARES (circa 2006)
    Adults : A$7.00
    Child (4-12 years) : A3.50
    Concession : A$5.00
    Family (2 adults+2 children) : A$16.50 + Extra Child A$1.65

    Note: Travel between Geordie Bay to the Main Bus Stop is FREE.

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    The Courtesy Shuttle Bus

    by xuessium Written Jan 20, 2006

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    This free bus service operates between the main accommodation areas on the Island. Departing from the Main Bus Stop in Thomson Bay Settlement, the service goes to the Geordie Bay Store for Geordie, Fay's and Longreach Bays, returns to the Main Bus Stop, then proceeds to the Airport and Kingstown Barracks.

    The Shuttle Bus service does not travel to the Basin, which is a 15 minute walk each way from the Settlement.

    Pretty useful service if you are returning to the airport from the Main Bus Stop.

    The frequency of the service is 30 minutes per trip. The last bus leaves for the airport from the Main Bus Stop at 4.55pm for the last flight out at 5.00pm. (Journey only takes 5 minutes from the Main Bus Stop to the airport)

    The last service of the courtesy shuttle is at 9.10pm from the Main Bus Stop.

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    Fly to Scenic Rottnest Island

    by xuessium Updated Jan 20, 2006

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    This is possibly the most expensive way to get to Rottnest Island from Perth but if you want a nice deviation from the usual road+ferry option, this is it.

    Flew to the island via chartered tour in a Cessna 4-seater on Kookaburra Air. The chartered flight cost A$150 (circa Jan 2006) per pax. The journey took only 10 minutes 1 way.

    City pick-up and return are available and it was a 30 minutes drive to Jankakot Airport on the outskirt of Perth for the flight. (Cold tip: This is also the same airport where Singapore Airlines trains its trainee pilots)

    A minimum of 2 adults or 1 adult and 2 children is needed. Child (3-12 years old) and infant fly free. Meals may not be included, depending on your choice of destination.

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    Explore the island with a bicycle!

    by xuessium Updated Jan 20, 2006

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    The island is great for cyclists! Explore the island at your own pace by hiring a bike from Rottnest Bike Hire. There isn't much car and bus traffic so it is pretty safe cycling around the island, sniffing out off-the-beaten track coves and beaches. In fact, I would say that the island is literally crawling with cyclists!

    Helmets are compulsory.

    Note: I did not choose to bike around though.

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    Which boat to catch? A ferry difficult decision!

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Dec 12, 2011

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    Rotto receives over half a million visitors a year, of which the vast majority arrive by ferry. So, as you might expect, a range of service providers have set themselves up to service this lucrative market and your challenge is to choose the one that best suits your personal requirements.

    When deciding which ferry company to travel with, I would recommend that you should take into consideration both where your travelling from/to and whether you want the ferry ride to be just a journey or part of the tourist experience.

    Let's deal with your point of departure first. Ferries to Rottnest run from Fremantle, Barrack Street jetty in Perth and Hillarys (a northern coastal suburb). At the time of writing (November 2011), ferry services were run by Boat Torque/Rottnest Express, Hillarys Fast Ferries and Oceanic Cruises. In all honesty, there's not a lot to choose between them pricewise (unless one is advertising a particular special deal) so usually the deciding factor is the convenience of the departure times.

    The majority of people would travel to Rotto from Fremantle, which is the shortest journey. If you're staying in Freo, this is obviously very convenient, and even if you're not, it's a short, cheap and convenient rail journey from the main station in Perth to Fremantle, from where you can walk to the ferry terminal in a few minutes. The journey from Perth is much longer as the ferry has to travel the length of the Swan River to Fremantle before heading over to Rotto, so this obviously involves more travel time and greater cost. The Hillary's option is also a fairly short trip but is not all that attractive for tourists unless you happen to be staying in this area.

    Next, what do you want out of your ferry trip?

    If it's just the shortest, quickest, cheapest transfer to and from the island, then the Freo option is almost certainly for you, and this is the option favoured by most locals. Ditto the Hillary's option if you're staying up on the northern coast.

    However, if you are new to Perth, then don't underestimate how lovely the boat trip down the Swan is. This gives you an entirely different perspective on the city and allows you to rubberneck at the jawdroppingly opulent riverside properties: most trips also provide some sort of commentary that is usually informative and highly amusing in a typically 'tongue in cheek' manner. It is possible to take cruises on the Swan River between Perth and Freo that will give you the same experience, but if you're planning to visit Rotto anyway, then why not consider combining the two (with a considerable resultant saving, as these things don't come cheap)?

    The only warning that I would offer if you decide to take the ferry from Barrack Street is that it adds at least two hours onto the round trip. This could make for a very long day - especially if you have small kids in tow - and may also eat into the time your have available to enjoy Rotto, especially if making an early morning start isn't your forte. However, particularly if you're lucky enough to be staying overnight on Rotto, the positives may well outweigh the negatives - as with all travel options, it's all about making an informed decision!

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    Hillarys Fast Ferries

    by aussirose Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Hillarys Fast Ferries have return journeys to Rotto. This trip is more of a luxury one and costs more but I recommend it. They also have complimentary transfer pick up right from your hotel in Perth or Scarborough so it is convenient and may work out cheaper than the other one I mentioned above.

    Hillarys Ferry to Rottnest Island
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    Rottnest Bayseeker Service

    by bryINpoland Updated Aug 13, 2005

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    With near to 20 miles of roads around the island of Rottnest, the Bayseeker Bus Service makes it easy to get around the island to your favorite spots on the island.

    The Bayseeker Bus has 16 stops around the island to accommodate to the nearly 40 beaces and bays. Jump off and on the bus as much as you like throughout the day, with buses passing by every 20 minutes.

    Fares
    Adult $7.00 Children (4-12yrs) $3.50
    Australia concession/Student $5.00
    Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) $16.50
    Annual passes available

    If only there for a day, or dont feel like walking or biking the whole island, then this is the service for you. The bus drivers are very friendly and or ussually more then happy to work with you to drop you off at the most convenient spot.

    For more info on the Bayseeker Bus Service and the island, visit the following link to their officail website Rottnest Island

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    To and From Rottnest Island

    by bryINpoland Written Mar 3, 2005

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    There are 2 ways to get to Rottnest island. Boat or plane. The most common of the two is boat, or ferry. Journey takes on average about 30 minutes.

    Unfortunatly, i dont find the prices to be very reasonable. From Perth to Rottnest is cost $63 (aus) return, and from Fremantle to Rottnest it will cost you $48 (aus) return.

    The best deal for you is to buy a package deal. This will save you a lot more then booking everything individually. We got a package which included a night at the Lodge, and a return ticket on the ferry for $120 (aus). Not bad for a night on the island.

    All boats are about the same prices. For more info visit the following link Boat Torque Cruises

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    On yer bike!

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Dec 12, 2011

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    Want to work on that beach body before you put it on display? Well, why not hire a bike and work on that toning en route for the beach?

    There can surely be very few places in the world that are better to explore by bike than Rotto. Because it's fairly flat, a little pedal power will get you a rather long way, especially if you have the prevailing sea breeze at your back!

    Secondly, worrying about traffic is a moot point, since the only vehicles allowed on the island are the circular bus and a limited number of vehicles operated by the Rottnest Authority and other service providers. This makes it absolutely ideal for families to cycle together, even if they have quite young children.

    If you have your own bike, then you have greater flexibility as you're not tied to the bus timetables. Fortunately Rotto is still a pretty honest place, so you can just leave your bike by the roadside when you reach a beach or some other location of your choice and know that it will be there when you return: no lugging it everwhere with you because of security concerns, as might be the case elsewhere.

    But above all, it's just such an exhilarating and appropriately ecofriendly way to travel on an island that represents the very best of affordable, family-friendly outdoors experiences. Just make sure that you slip, slop, slap (slip on a shirt, slop on the sunscreen, slap on a hat) before you venture out, or else you risk being burned to a crisp!

    On a practical note, locals obviously bring their bikes with them (these are transported free of charge on the ferry). Otherwise bikes can be hired in Thomson Bay - see the website below for more details - and bike hire includes locks and safety helmets (which are compulsory). Perhaps just bear in mind that this is a very popular option, so if you're planning to visit in peak season, it's worth booking your bikes in advance to avoid disappointment.

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    Airplane

    by phil_uk_net Written Oct 14, 2003

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    Although there is an airport on Rottnest I wouldn't recommend hijacking a 747 and demanding to be taken there. On the other hand, if you have a Cessna this could be a better way of getting there than the ferry. Make sure to wind the elastic all the way up first though.

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    Bayseeker Bus5b

    by keeweechic Written Mar 6, 2008

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    One way to see the island is to take the Bayseeker Bus. The bus stops at 18 different locations around the island and you can hop on and off at your leisure. The first bus starts at 8.30am from the main bus stop behind the old Salt Store and the last one departs at 4.30pm. They run on the half hour. There is a time table at the Main bus stop or you can get a copy when you buy your all day ticket at the ticket booth or the visitors centre. The cost is around $10 per adult and $5.00 for children 4-12yrs. There is a family pass for 2 adults and 2 children for $22.50. The bus is large and airconditioned/heated

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    Discovery Tour

    by keeweechic Written Mar 6, 2008

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    Another way to see the island is to take a 2 hour tour. This is on a smaller mini bus with a full commentary from the driver on the island wildlife, history and heritage. As part of the tour you will stop at the West End and Wadjemup Lighthouse. Tickets can be bought at the Visitor Centre for around $25.50 per adult and children 4-12 years for $12.80. The Family pass is $57.30.

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    Underwater Explorer Reef Tour

    by keeweechic Written Mar 6, 2008

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    Around Rottnest Island are some beautiful coral reefs not to mention many shipwrecks. This tour is one way to see the wonders that lie below the surface through the glass bottom of the boat. The tours run 3 times a day and last for 45 mins. Adults are around $22 and children 4-12yrs around $14.00. There are concessions for students, infants and families. All tours are subject to weather conditions.

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    Snorkelling Tour

    by keeweechic Written Mar 6, 2008

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    The Underwater Explorer company also operate snorkelling tours which take you out to West Kingston Reef where the Transit Caves are. You can only get to this spot by boat. The Dive master will take you down around 4 to 5 metres to see the abundance of marine life surrounding the Island as well as the amazing formations of the reef. Adults are around $28.00 but if you don’t want to snorkel, you can just go out as a spectator for about $10.00.

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    Rottnest Bike Hire

    by keeweechic Written Mar 6, 2008

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    On the road leading behind the Quokka Arms Hotel is the Rottnest Bike Hire. They carry around 1,300 bikes as well as the required helmets and accessories such as baskets, baby seats or even a rack for your surfboard. Helmets, locks and a repair service if your bike breakdown is all included in the daily rental. They also have tandem bikes and child trailers. There is a bond on all the rentals which is refundable on return. They have a daily rate and hourly rate.

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