One day at Rottnest Island (Australia)

Rottnest Island is an island offshore from the city of Perth in Western Australia. It is famous for the cute looking quokkas. It is also famous for its pristine shallow waters and bays.

How to get to Rottnest Island?

There are return ferries run by two providers – Rottnest Express and Captain Cook Cruises. These ferries run from Perth wharf or Victoria Quay at Fremantle. The return tickets with Captain Cook Cruises from Fremantle to Rottnest cost me around AUD 72.

There are frequent trains between Perth city and Fremantle.

Things to do

There are plenty of things to do on the island. Some of them that I did are:

  • Selfie with Quokkas – Of course this is a must! And ensure to get a smiling quokka.

  • Biking around the island – The path is about 21 kilometres, so biking is the best way to go around the island. The bikes can be hired on the island for AUD 30 per day. Note: Wearing helmets is a must while riding the bike.

  • Hikes – There are various trails on the island for hiking. I did not do any of the hikes, other than walking to the Lighthouse.

  • Snorkeling and Diving – The Island is amazing for snorkeling and diving. The crystal clear water provides great visibility.



There are many restaurants and cafes near the settlement (or the main jetty). Note: The food is expensive on Rottnest Island.


  • Captain Cook ferry tickets = AUD 72
  • Scuba Diving = AUD 229
  • Breakfast at Wharf = AUD 25
  • Lunch at the island = AUD 30
  • Bike hire (including water) = AUD 32.50
  • Coffee and other miscellaneous = AUD 20
  • Freemantle YHA = AUD 30
  • Perth to Fremantle train ticket = AUD 4.90
  • Fremantle to Perth train ticket = AUD 4.90

Total expenses = AUD 448.30


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