10 Must Do Things on Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island – a quintessential and relatively untouched island just 30 minutes by ferry from mainland Perth.  This little slice of heaven might just be one of Western Australia’s best kept secrets.  Think sandy white beaches, crystal clear waters and your toughest choice of the day is where to stop for refreshments.  If you are lucky enough to find yourself in Western Australia then do yourself a favour and plan a trip to Rottnest Island. And because I want to ensure you have the THE BEST time, I have compiled a list of 10 things you must absolutely do whilst you are there.

Rottnest Island

Take a Selfie with a Quokka

Are these little guys the cutest marsupials you have ever seen?  They always look as though they are smiling – perhaps because they live on Rottnest? In recent times they have become world famous for their strong selfie game and snapping pics with the likes of Chris Hemsworth, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.  They are very friendly and you can get quite close, but it is important to also respect their space.  Fun Fact – the first founders thought the Quokkas were giant rats and hence named the island “Rat’s Nest’.  Over the years, this has transformed into Rottnest.

Rottnest Island

Cycle Around the Island

A trip to Rottnest Island is not complete without hiring a bike and riding around to explore the sights.  There are no vehicles on the island (other than service vehicles) so it is very easy and safe to get around by bike.  It is suitable for amateur riders or seasoned cyclist, just make sure you have a map (plus some water and sun protection).

There are a couple of vendors whom offer bike hire on Rottnest Island.  We booked our bike and helmet hire with our ferry tickets (Rottnest Express) and collected them as we disembarked the boat.  Easy!

Rottnest Island

Swim at The Basin

The sparkling waters of The Basin make it the perfect place for a refreshing swim. With stunning shades of blue and turquoise, it had me reminiscing of the Caribbean.  There are beaches available for swimming all over the island, but this one is particularly special as the water is shallow and clear.

Sip Cocktails at Pinky’s Beach Club

Established in 2019, this new beach club has an uber relaxed vibe and is the ideal place to spend the afternoon enjoying a cocktail (or two).  It overlooks Pinky’s Beach and is joined to the new glamping site (see below).  There is plenty of grassed area for the kids to roam around, as well as a sand pit and some garden games for use.

Rottnest Island

Hire a Boat

Should your legs be tiring from all the bike riding, then hire a boat and circumnavigate the island by water.  Find yourself a secluded beach for a picnic or a quite place for a swim.  Though be sure to obey all warning signs along the coast line.  There are many dangers which you might not be used to i.e. unstable cliff edges or snakes.  Boat hire available from Boating West.

Rottnest Island

Discover Glamping

Luxury camping is one of the hottest travel trends right now.  These accommodations were opened in 2019 and are a great alternative to those who fancy camping but not everything it entails.  Discovery Rottnest Island is located a 5 minute bike ride from the main settlement, and you can access both The Basin and Pinky’s Beach from the camp grounds.  There is a pool available for guest use, communal BBQ’s as well as Pinky’s Beach Club for food and drink.

Glamping Eco Tents

See Rottnest from the Sky

If you are an aviation lover like me then you will love the opportunity to see this gorgeous island from the skies.  The white beaches contrasted by beautiful blue waters is simply breathtaking.  You will quite literally have seen everything on Rottnest Island after taking one of these scenic flights.  And If you are really lucky then you might even spot a whale during migration season (September – November).  Check out Rottnest Air Taxi for more information.

Rottnest Island

Enjoy a Lobster Roll from The Lane

If you see the sign advertising fresh lobster rolls, then don’t go any further!  These mouth watering delicacies were worth every cent.  I did not see the sign every day, so I assume that they are only available on days when they have caught the crayfish fresh that morning.  Nothing beats fresh local seafood, wherever you are in the world!

Lobster / Crayfish Roll

Go Snorkelling or Scuba Diving

Something you might not know about me – I have my scuba diving licence.  And Rottnest is a wonderful place for snorkeling and scuba diving.  Beautiful water, plenty of interesting marine life and high visibility if you secure a good day.  I haven’t been scuba diving in a very long time – the older I get, the scarier it seems.  But I have fond memories of a day spent at Rottnest Island, diving and exploring the surrounding waters.

Rottnest Island

Watch the world go by at Hotel Rottnest

Take in the views of Thomson Bay whilst sitting back and relaxing at the bar & bistro at Hotel Rottnest.  They pride themselves on sourcing products locally and ethically from WA farmers, so you are guaranteed to enjoy some quality food & drink.  There is often concerts and entertainment being showcased at Hotel Rottnest, so be sure to check their website for details.

Quokka

A few more options if that hasn’t already sold it …

  • Enjoy a Round of Golf

Can you believe their is a golf club on this small island?  If golf is your thing then enjoy a leisurely 9 holes at Karma Rottnest Golf Club.  They also offer lawn bowls!

  • Take a Tour

There are many tours available on Rottnest to suit every interest.  From walking trails, sunset yacht cruises and train rides to the WWII guns and tunnels.  Head to Rottnest Island Tours for a full list and details on how to book.

  • Explore by Segway

Many cities now offer Segway tours as an alternative and fun way to explore, and Rottnest Island is no different.  Check out Segway Tours WA for details on their latest offerings.

Rottnest Island

And with that round up, I hope I have you itching to book a trip to Rottnest Island and discover everything it has to offer.  It truly is a very special place on Earth and somewhere everyone should visit once in their lifetime.  Be sure to let me know in the comments section below what you fancy doing the most on your trip to Rottnest.  Safe travels – Shell x

PS – Should you find yourself in Western Australia then a trip to Margaret River is also high on my recommendation list.

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27 Responses

    1. Thanks Enda – I have to agree it is a pretty amazing place. I can’t believe I hadn’t been back in almost 20 years!

    1. If only we could teleport there for a couple of days! The next best thing would have to be the direct flight from Heathrow to Perth 🙂

  1. Oh how I miss Australia and how I long to go back with the kiddies! Rottnest Island pristine beaches spared of crowds are exactly what we’d be after and we’d love to explore! Thank you so much for linking to #CulturedKids!

  2. One thing you have not mentioned is the gorgeous walking trails that have been developed in the last five years or so. I have done every one, combining with hop on hop off bus. They are quiet, magical, take you to many places the bikes cannot get to and you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere. Maps available and colour coordinated signposts are easy to follow.

    1. Thanks for mentioning this Judy – I had no idea about the walking trails but they sound wonderful. We likely missed them this time as we had a toddler in tow, but it will be high on my list for our next visit. Thanks so much for sharing this info x

    1. The beach club is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a busy day at the beach or riding bikes! Thanks for stopping by x

    1. It is a truly incredible part of the world. If you make it to Australia then definitely don’t miss out on a trip to Rottnest. You can go just for a day if you want 🙂

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