Relaxing On Rottnest Island, West-Australia – A Destination Guide

[:en]It’s easy to understand why most people fall in love with Rottnest Island, a tiny piece of paradise just out of Perth’s coast in Western Australia, and never want to leave again.

We’re staying here for a week with a friend that lives here, but even as a 1 or 2 day trip, Rottnest is something you just don’t want to miss!

Independent Travel - Rottnest Island, Australia

Time To Explore

As soon as you get of the 30 minute ferry from Fremantle, you can hire a bike or sit down at one of the restaurants on the sea shore. There is seafood at ‘Aristos’, pub food at the ‘Govenors’ sports bar, great coffee and lunch at ‘Dôme’ and a nice terrace and bar at the ‘Rottnest Island Hotel’.

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The prices are not quite what you expect in paradise, but you get some pretty good quality and the best views of the ocean. On top of that, you’re sure to get company from one of the cute looking quokka’s that roam the island. Be aware that they are very keen on your food… and beer.

With a waiting list for over 50 years to dock your boat here, something tells me it’s well worth it to have a closer look at Rottnest Island.

Don’t miss out on all the beautiful little beaches the island is rich. Go to ‘Armstrong Bay’ for a little quiet time. It’s less crowded than ‘Pinky Beach’ and ‘The Basin’ and you can do some great snorkelling here as well.

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 The Quokka’s are not loved by everyone. The early Dutch explorers even thought they were big rats! (hence the name of the island: ‘ratnest’)

A Great Place For Nature Lovers

Being in the midst of a heat wave in March, Rottnest is really the best place to be right now. There is a cool breeze and there’s lots of opportunities to go swimming, snorkelling, cycling or just lying on the beach (bring a hat or umbrella for some shade, though).

One of the things you don’t want to miss out on while being here, is to take a boat trip to see Rottnest from the water. With ‘Rottnest Adventures’, we went out on a superfast speedboat and made a hour and a half trip round the entire island. We stopped to see seals, nests with ospreys and other amazing birds, most impressive rock formations and (how lucky) a pot of dolphins.

Rottnest is one of the best places to see some of Australia’s wildlife, so you might want to take your binoculars and make sure you’ve got plenty of space on your camera’s memory disk.

Independent Travel - Rottnest Island, Australia

Independent Travel - Rottnest Island, Australia

High In The Sky

If you still haven’t seen enough of the island (and you really haven’t in just one day), there a multiple walking- and cycling routes all around the island. You will see secluded beaches, rugged cliff tops, amazing views all the way to Perth city and you can also explore the lakes and lighthouses of the island.

There is another activity on the island that you might not want to miss. For just $35 (wow!) you can board a four-seater plane for a 10 minute flight over the island! For $60 they fly you over the island twice in 20 minutes time. The views are simply stunning and you get a really good sense of just how beautiful the island is.

There is a bus service that can take you to the Rottnest Airport (-strip).

 Independent Travel - Rottnest Island, Australia

Getting There And Around

There are two ferry services to Rottnest Island, leaving from Perth City, Perth North and North Fremantle. They take approx. 25 minutes from Fremantle up to 90 minutes from Perth City.

As Rottnest is an A-class nature reserve, vehicles are not allowed anywhere on the island. There is a bus service that will take you all around (about $14 for the whole day), but the best way to see everything is to bring or hire a bike. You can do this at ‘Rottnest Island Bike Hire’, right when you come off the ferry. They’ve got more than 1300 bikes, so you won’t miss out.

 

Accommodation Options

As I said before, we slept on the couch of a friend who works and lives on the island, but there are a couple of great accommodation options available as well.

On the island, you’ve got self contained villa’s and units and a variety of heritage listed cottages. As a budget option, you can choose between bungalows & chalets, cabins, a camp site and the Rottnest Island Hostel. For more information, please have a look at the Rottnest Island Website.

 

Independent Travel - Rottnest Island, Australia

I absolutely enjoyed my stay on Rottnest and I would like to thank the staff from the Dôme restaurant (especially Emily) for being such great people and taking care of me and Nick.

We’ll never forget the amazing time we had and hope we can come back one day! Bye Rotto!

 

Are you excited about visiting Rottnest Island on Australia’s West-Coast? Or have you already been?


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[:nl]It’s easy to understand why most people fall in love with Rottnest Island, a tiny piece of paradise just out of Perth’s coast in Western Australia, and never want to leave again.

We’re staying here for a week with a friend that lives here, but even as a 1 or 2 day trip, Rottnest is something you just don’t want to miss!

Independent Travel - Rottnest Island, Australia

Time To Explore

As soon as you get of the 30 minute ferry from Fremantle, you can hire a bike or sit down at one of the restaurants on the sea shore. There is seafood at ‘Aristos’, pub food at the ‘Govenors’ sports bar, great coffee and lunch at ‘Dôme’ and a nice terrace and bar at the ‘Rottnest Island Hotel’.

Independent Travel - Rottnest Island, Australia Independent Travel - Rottnest Island, Australia

 

The prices are not quite what you expect in paradise, but you get some pretty good quality and the best views of the ocean. On top of that, you’re sure to get company from one of the cute looking quokka’s that roam the island. Be aware that they are very keen on your food… and beer.

With a waiting list for over 50 years to dock your boat here, something tells me it’s well worth it to have a closer look at Rottnest Island.

Don’t miss out on all the beautiful little beaches the island is rich. Go to ‘Armstrong Bay’ for a little quiet time. It’s less crowded than ‘Pinky Beach’ and ‘The Basin’ and you can do some great snorkelling here as well.

Independent Travel - Rottnest Island, Australia Independent Travel - Rottnest Island, Australia

 The Quokka’s are not loved by everyone. The early Dutch explorers even thought they were big rats! (hence the name of the island: ‘ratnest’)

A Great Place For Nature Lovers

Being in the midst of a heat wave in March, Rottnest is really the best place to be right now. There is a cool breeze and there’s lots of opportunities to go swimming, snorkelling, cycling or just lying on the beach (bring a hat or umbrella for some shade, though).

One of the things you don’t want to miss out on while being here, is to take a boat trip to see Rottnest from the water. With ‘Rottnest Adventures’, we went out on a superfast speedboat and made a hour and a half trip round the entire island. We stopped to see seals, nests with ospreys and other amazing birds, most impressive rock formations and (how lucky) a pot of dolphins.

Rottnest is one of the best places to see some of Australia’s wildlife, so you might want to take your binoculars and make sure you’ve got plenty of space on your camera’s memory disk.

Independent Travel - Rottnest Island, Australia

Independent Travel - Rottnest Island, Australia

High In The Sky

If you still haven’t seen enough of the island (and you really haven’t in just one day), there a multiple walking- and cycling routes all around the island. You will see secluded beaches, rugged cliff tops, amazing views all the way to Perth city and you can also explore the lakes and lighthouses of the island.

There is another activity on the island that you might not want to miss. For just $35 (wow!) you can board a four-seater plane for a 10 minute flight over the island! For $60 they fly you over the island twice in 20 minutes time. The views are simply stunning and you get a really good sense of just how beautiful the island is.

There is a bus service that can take you to the Rottnest Airport (-strip).

 Independent Travel - Rottnest Island, Australia

Getting There And Around

There are two ferry services to Rottnest Island, leaving from Perth City, Perth North and North Fremantle. They take approx. 25 minutes from Fremantle up to 90 minutes from Perth City.

As Rottnest is an A-class nature reserve, vehicles are not allowed anywhere on the island. There is a bus service that will take you all around (about $14 for the whole day), but the best way to see everything is to bring or hire a bike. You can do this at ‘Rottnest Island Bike Hire’, right when you come off the ferry. They’ve got more than 1300 bikes, so you won’t miss out.

 

Accommodation Options

As I said before, we slept on the couch of a friend who works and lives on the island, but there are a couple of great accommodation options available as well.

On the island, you’ve got self contained villa’s and units and a variety of heritage listed cottages. As a budget option, you can choose between bungalows & chalets, cabins, a camp site and the Rottnest Island Hostel. For more information, please have a look at the Rottnest Island Website.

 

Independent Travel - Rottnest Island, Australia

I absolutely enjoyed my stay on Rottnest and I would like to thank the staff from the Dôme restaurant (especially Emily) for being such great people and taking care of me and Nick.

We’ll never forget the amazing time we had and hope we can come back one day! Bye Rotto!

 

Are you excited about visiting Rottnest Island on Australia’s West-Coast? Or have you already been?


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