Rottnest Island Travel Guide

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    Thompson Bay from the air.
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Rottnest Island Things to Do

  • Rottnest Island Museum

    Rottnest Island Museum has exhibitions of island history and marine wrecks. It gives insight into the island's original purpose as an Aboriginal prison.OPENING HOURS :Daily : 10:45 - 15:30Admission by gold coin donation.

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  • Cray fishing.

    Limits are enforced and there is a strict crayfish season. Those on the island know when crayfish season has arrived because the visitors start to pilfer anything they can use to weigh their pots down. If you are lucky enough to be staying on the island there is usually a pot big enough for cooking crayfish in your unit.Remeber to check out the...

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  • Look for stromatolites in Rotto's...

    Just one look at the map of Rotto will indicate to you that it's not just your average desert island. The coast is a fretwork of bays, coves and headlands, and a significant proportion of the interior is occupied by a series of lakes, of which Lakes Bagdad, Herschel, Vincent, Serpentine and Government House are the most prominent.However, in this...

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Rottnest Island Restaurants

  • That view, that view!!

    Stopped here for a quick brunch to satisfy everyone's growling stomachs.THE VIEW, THE VIEW!!! What a great way to start getting to know Rottnest Island! With that view, what could go wrong?On a clear day, you can see the twin towers of the Perth skyline in the distance.The tearoom is your typical diner meet school canteen. You place your order, pay...

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  • Relax on the beach with an Affogato

    The Dome at Rottnest serves everything possible from coffees, milkshakes, caesar salads to pancakes! The caesar salad was very impressive!

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  • Quokka Arms Hotel

    The hotel has a couple of bars and restaurants. The Hampton’s Sportsmen’s Bar & Chargrill is open every day from 11.00am. They serve lunch and dinner although snacks are available all throughout the day. Their feature is a charcoal grill along with a buffet salad bar. Captain Jacks is a lounge bar. It is quiet and relaxed and is open from 11.00am.

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Rottnest Island Nightlife

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    by keeweechic Written Mar 8, 2008

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    Rottnest Island has its own little cinema or movie hall which can hold around 250 people. The cinema is open all year with a variety of latest releases showing. Any information can be obtained from the Visitor Centre.

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Rottnest Island Transportation

  • Rottnest Express

    The only way to get to Rottnest is by boat and the only boats that go there (unless you have your own and permission to land there, ditto your own plane) is the Rottnest Express or the Hillarys Ferry (Hillarys does not run in the winter)The Rottnest Express boats leave from Perth city centre, down by the Bell Tower, and from Fremantle ( BShed,...

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  • Getting around in 40 degree heat can be...

    There are five ways to see Rottnest Island (6 if you sail around it) There is good old fashioned walking, you can hire a bicycle, take the tourist train up to Oliver Hill or there is the Bayseeker bus that just goes round and round all day stopping at some of the best beaches and sightseeing spots. The best way to see it is from one of the airplane...

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  • GETTING TO ROTTNEST ISLAND....FERRY

    ROTTNEST ISLAND "Rotty "as it is called locally (Australians tend to abbreviate everything) also known as"Wadjemup" by the indigenous aborigines is only a small Island but well worth a visit. Located just 18 kilometers ( 11 miles) off the coast of Fremantle and to get there the Ferry is a good way to do it as it is fast and also very comfortable....

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Rottnest Island Shopping

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    There is a general store at Thomson Bay settlement and at Geordie Bay. Any of your general food requirements can be bought at these stores and reasonable prices. You can pre-order online before you arrive and they can have the goods delivered to your accommodation free. This includes liquor.

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Rottnest Island Local Customs

  • CHECK OUT THE FRIENDLY LOCALS..

    rROTTNEST ISLAND When you visit Rottnest Island one of the first things you will notice are the locals.These being The Quokkas a small mammal about the size of a large cat and usually weighing about 3-5 kilograms.Usually brown in colour .First seen by a Dutch Mariner he thought them to be rats and so the Island then become known as "Rotte Nest"...

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  • When to Visit

    While Summer is a great time for beach activity and water sports, winter is also popular because on the island, the temperatures are warmer and it often rains less than in Perth. Be careful during the summer months as you are outdoor more than not and the sun can be harsh. The one saving grace on Rottnest is that you are more likely to get a good...

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  • Yearly Events

    Rottnest has a festival in March every year. There is also an annual Cottesloe to Rottnest swim in February which is about 20 kilometres and attracts more than a thousand competitors each year.

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Rottnest Island Warnings and Dangers

  • Avoid crunch times for accommodation on...

    Family holidays on Rotto are a Perth institution, but bear in mind that the Rottnest Island Authority (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...

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  • Snakes!

    The poisonous but timid dugite lives on the island, you will often see them in warmer weather sunbathing on the roads. In the mornings they warm up and go hunting and in the afternoons they sit and digest. They aren't a problem and remember, they are very timid, just stamp your feet and they will soon disappear. However, if you have one that won't...

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  • BE AWARE OF THE SUN WHEN SNORKELLING!!

    ROTTY Most of the visitors that come over to Rottnest Island come over from Fremantle and Perth for the pristine beaches and loverly clear aqua blue waters. The sun here in summertime is unforgiving and can be extremely hot. Be aware of the sun here in Australia as it is more severe. Obviously most people are here for the beaches there is little...

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Rottnest Island Tourist Traps

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    It does look so inviting and beautiful however Perth's beaches are always nice and cool! Sometimes Ice Cold!

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Rottnest Island What to Pack

  • SUFFICIENT FRESH WATER & A SUNSCREEN IS...

    WHEN OUT AND ABOUT: I CARRY A SMALL BACKPACK THAT CARRIES MY DIGITAL CAMERA EQUIPMENT.. EXTREMELY IMPORTANT HERE TO CARRY SUFFICIENT FRESH BOTTLED WATERAND NECCESARY DAILY TOILET ITEMSALWAYS HANDY ARE A COUPLE OF"ZIP LOCK" PLASTIC SANDWICH BAGS FOR ITEM PROTECTION IE: PASSPORT ETC. CAMERA LENSES. MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE OR ARE WEARING A GOOD WIDE...

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  • Don't get Sunburnt!

    Bring sunscreen, apply sunscreen and reapply sunscreen. If you forget, you can buy some on the island. You normally will burn in the water whilst swimming so it is very important to apply sunscreen before you swim! Drink lost of fluid as well!

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  • Wear Sneakers when bike riding

    Sneakers are so much more comfortable when you are on the paths riding. Firstly you won't get burnt on the front of your feet and secondly it is easier to ride with sport shoes then thongs!

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Rottnest Island Off The Beaten Path

  • Island Summer...

    Recently everyone from the Ad Agency where I work took the day off and went to our local island in the Indian Ocean called Rottnest. We spent the morning bike riding to a secluded bay on the other side of the island for a champage breakfast and snokelling in the crystal clear waters of Little Paroket Bay. After lunch and way too many bottles of...

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  • Across the middle of the Rottnest Island

    Because the limited of time, I couldn't circle the whole island, but chose the road across the middle of it. There were only two or three travelers on this road. I saw another face of the island.The road was surounded by pink salt lakes, a strange color, right? Mallards and other water birds walked on the lakeside. They were enjoying their quiet...

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  • Take a scenic flight from Rottnest

    NOTE: I did not try this. I saw the brochures when I landed at the Aerodrome on Rottnest. Thought I will post it up in case there are folks interested.Folks hoping to do some scenic flights from Rottnest Island - here is your answer. Rottnest Air Taxi could make your desires come true from A$66 per pax. Link is provided below for more details.

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Rottnest Island Sports & Outdoors

  • Maibu Dive

    Malibu Dive and Snorkelling on the foreshore in Thompson Bay offer a variety of equipment you can hire for diving and snorkelling. They also have these Aqua Bikes for a bit of fun in the bay.

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  • Snorkelling

    There is plenty of snorkelling to be done around the island and you can hire the equipment once you get there. Without travelling too far around the island you can find good snorkelling at The Basin which is a short walk from the Settlement. There is information and maps on different sites available from the Visitors Centre.

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  • Where to Windsurf and Surf

    Here is some pretty technical information on where to Windsurf at Rottnest. 'click' the 'WA Info' link once you've loaded the SurfSail site and choose your destination.

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Rottnest Island Favorites

  • AMMENITIES ON ROTTNEST ISLAND.

    ROTTY Rottnest island is very small and a very pristine Island. As there are no cars on the Island the only way to get around is either on the local busses or like most, on a hired bicycle. The Island is about 12 kilometers long and three wide.. I walked and took the "Hop on Hop off" bus to various beaches and coves. All the bikes had been hired...

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  • Snorkelling Tips

    Snorkelling at Rottnest is lots of fun and kids can also do it. Some tips for snorkelling.1. Morning is the best with the ocean being crystal clear and calm.2. For kids, go to the recommended snorkel spots on the map3. Never snorkel alone4. Dont stand on the reef or touch the marine life, the island goes to great lengths to protect the marine...

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  • Boating

    If you are arriving by private boat to the island, you will still need to pay an admission fee. This fee goes towards the conservation of the island. If you are a regular visitor, then there are moorings and jetty pens for hire and these are administered by the islands Marine and Boating division.

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Explore Deeper into Rottnest Island
A place to exile the undesirable ... and tourists!
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The 'rats' of Rottnest
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BE AWARE WHEN SWIMMING HERE
Warnings and Dangers
Which boat to catch? A ferry difficult decision!
Transportation
On yer bike!
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Relish an old fashioned movie experience!
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This bird life is enough to get anyone twitching!
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Which gorgeous cove is yours?
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You can't come here in summer and not snorkel!
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Trek up to the Wadjemup lighthouse
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BIKE HIRE HERE IS A MUST
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Hillarys Fast Ferries
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Layback and take it all in!
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Rottenest Island
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Rottnest Island Cemetery
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Rottnest Express
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Cycle, swim or sunbathe.
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Quokkas
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Ferry and Bike
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Bird Life
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The Lakes
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Shipwrecks
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Bike Riding
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Parker Point
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Snorkelling
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Salmon Bay
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Fays Bay at Rottnest
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Ferry
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Bikes
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Visitors Centre
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Lighthouse Keepers Cottage
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Lady Edeline Beach
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Rocky Bay
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Quokka Pal
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Train Station
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Walking Tours
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Wind Turbine
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Strickland Bay
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Exhibition Gallery
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Salt Store Gallery
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Map of Rottnest Island

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