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Rottnest Island Day Tour from Perth

by Rottnest Express Duration 7h 45m Free cancellation available No booking or credit card fees
per adult Price is AU$149

Cruise over the Swan River to Rottnest Island – affectionately dubbed Rotto by locals – to tour this idyllic paradise by bus and on foot. Gaze out at dolphins from the West End lookout, learn about the island's stint as a penal colony, and get up close to its tiny, native kangaroo – the quokka.

Head to the pier in Perth and step aboard a ferry for a quick and picturesque ride to Rottnest Island. This low, sandy isle is just 7 miles (11 km) long and 3 miles (5 km) wide. Take a seat on a comfortable coach and circumnavigate the island, gazing out at stretches of sandy beach and pockets of rugged shoreline.

Watch for fur seals basking on the rocks as your guide shares insight into the island's maritime history and more troubled past. Before it became a tourist destination, Rottnest Island spent a century as a penal colony for Aboriginal prisoners from around the country.

Today, the island still holds great significance for Aboriginal communities – not because of its 19th-century prison, but due to the presence of artefacts and spiritual sites dating back 6,500 years. Hop off the bus at West End to stroll the boardwalk to the Wadjemup Lighthouse. Look out over the aquamarine waters of the Indian Ocean, and see if you can spot pods of humpback whales and dolphins.

Geckos, rock parrots and turquoise sacred kingfishers all thrive here, in addition to the island's most iconic critter – the Rottnest quokka. The Dutch explorer Willem de Vlamingh mistook these miniature kangaroos for rats in 1696, devising the moniker Rotte Nest (meaning rats' nest) as a result. Today, 12,000 of these diminutive marsupials hop around the island, and a visit to Rotto wouldn't be complete without a photo alongside this adorable Aussie animal.

Cruise over the Swan River to Rottnest Island – affectionately dubbed Rotto by locals – to tour this idyllic paradise by bus and on foot. Gaze out at dolphins from the West End lookout, learn about the island's stint as a penal colony, and get up close to its tiny, native kangaroo – the quokka.

Head to the pier in Perth and step aboard a ferry for a quick and picturesque ride to Rottnest Island. This low, sandy isle is just 7 miles (11 km) long and 3 miles (5 km) wide. Take a seat on a comfortable coach and circumnavigate the island, gazing out at stretches of sandy beach and pockets of rugged shoreline.

Watch for fur seals basking on the rocks as your guide shares insight into the island's maritime history and more troubled past. Before it became a tourist destination, Rottnest Island spent a century as a penal colony for Aboriginal prisoners from around the country.

Today, the island still holds great significance for Aboriginal communities – not because of its 19th-century prison, but due to the presence of artefacts and spiritual sites dating back 6,500 years. Hop off the bus at West End to stroll the boardwalk to the Wadjemup Lighthouse. Look out over the aquamarine waters of the Indian Ocean, and see if you can spot pods of humpback whales and dolphins.

Geckos, rock parrots and turquoise sacred kingfishers all thrive here, in addition to the island's most iconic critter – the Rottnest quokka. The Dutch explorer Willem de Vlamingh mistook these miniature kangaroos for rats in 1696, devising the moniker Rotte Nest (meaning rats' nest) as a result. Today, 12,000 of these diminutive marsupials hop around the island, and a visit to Rotto wouldn't be complete without a photo alongside this adorable Aussie animal.

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8:45 AM, Discover Rottnest by Coach Day Tour in English

Duration 7h 45m No booking or credit card fees

Live Commentary in English.

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per adult
AU$148.50

Total price is AU$148.50, taxes included

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Rottnest Island Day Tour from Perth

Activity Location

Rottnest Island

Meeting/Redemption Point
  • Barrack Street Jetty

    Pier 2

    Perth


Highlights

  • Sandy beaches & rocky shoreline of idyllic Rottnest Island

  • Insight into the island's natural history & storied past

  • Whale spottings from West End lookout & Wadjemup Lighthouse

  • Local wildlife like fur seals, dolphins & sacred kingfishers

  • Chance to see the quokka, a tiny kangaroo native to the isle


Inclusions

  • 90-minute guided tour of Rottnest Island by bus

  • Roundtrip ferry ride on the Swan River between Perth and Rottnest Island

  • Live commentary provided in English

  • Rottnest Island Admission Fee


Exclusions

  • Meals and drinks


Know Before You Book

  • Children aged 3 and younger are complimentary

  • Please be at the pier 30 minutes prior to your boat's scheduled departure time.


Rottnest Island Day Tour from Perth ratings based on 5 Verified Reviews

4.7 out of 5

11 Mar. 2017

My itinerary had a guided walking tour included - but noone from the Rottnest Exprest knew what that was! So for the money I got less than expected. I paid the extra because I thght I was getting a thorough Rottnest guide, but that wasn't the case. Good but not worth the money.

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