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Just 18km off the coast of Western Australia lies one of the state’s most popular tourist destinations – Rottnest Island. This little place with a big history played a major role in both World Wars as a prisoner of war camp from 1914 to 1915 and as the base for a defence program in the 1930s. Since then it’s slowly transformed into a family-friendly holiday spot with no less than 63 beaches, plenty of walking tracks, great food and museums and galleries. Sound like your kind of trip? Book a Rottnest Island hotel with us today!
Catch a ferry from the mainland to your Rottnest Island accommodation and get started on the range of activities on offer. Feel like exploring? Discovery coach tours operate around Rottnest and include commentary on the island’s wildlife and history. If you haven’t ridden a bike in a while, Rottnest is the perfect place to rekindle your passion. Take a ride up Wadjemup Hill and check out the view of the Indian Ocean from the lighthouse. Of course, it’s easy to get around on foot too. Rottnest is famous for its native quokkas - tiny marsupials found in only a few places in WA. Take a guided quokka walk into their natural habitat and reinvent yourself as a quokka guru! A trip to Rottnest Island isn’t complete without a visit to the beach, so swim or surf at one of the many available beaches or, if you feel like discovering some marine life, go for a dive or snorkel. You’ll see some of Rottnest’s vivid coral reefs, diverse fish species and even shipwrecks!
Love to learn? Rottnest Island Museum provides insight into the island’s history including its Indigenous heritage, European settlement and military past. Aboriginal prisoners built the museum, along with many other of the buildings, back when the island was a penal colony. Other historic buildings include The Hotel Rottnest, formerly the Governor’s summer cottage, and The Boys Reformatory. Tours are available of Rottnest’s many military sites, including Oliver Hill Battery with its famous gun and tunnels.
Rottnest Island has your dining options covered with seafood restaurants, sports bars, coffee shops and many other options to choose from. Families are well catered for with special activities running every school holidays, mini putt-putt golf, pinball games, giant chess at Family Fun Park and movies at the Rottnest Island Picture Hall. So whatever your trip is for, look no further for a place to stay on Rottnest Island.
Hotels in Rottnest Island start at AU$90 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.