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Discover Rottnest with Ferry & Bus Tour from Perth or Fremantle

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Discover Rottnest with Ferry & Bus Tour from Perth or Fremantle

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Visit Perth’s favorite local getaway destination on a day trip to Rottnest Island, located just offshore in the Indian Ocean. Travel to Rottnest by high-speed ferry from either Perth or Fremantle (your choice), and then embark on a sightseeing tour of the island by coach. While you listen to narration from an informative guide, check out landmarks like the West End and Wadjemup Lighthouse. Then enjoy free time in the afternoon to explore the car-free island at your leisure. You may upgrade when booking to include lunch.
  • Day trip to Rottnest Island with coach tour, from Perth or Fremantle
  • If departing Perth, cruise down Swan River, past local landmarks and Millionaire’s Row
  • Listen to commentary from a guide as you circumnavigate the island by air-conditioned coach
  • See spectacular locations including Wadjemup Lighthouse and the West End
  • Upgrade to include lunch at Karma Rottnest
  • Spot the island’s famous marsupial, the quokka, and marine life such as dolphins and fur seals
  • Enjoy free time in the afternoon to explore at your leisure
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Round-trip ferry to Rottnest Island
90-minute coach tour
Local guide
Lunch (if option selected)
Rottnest Island Authority fee
Round-trip Swan River cruise (if departing from Perth)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Additional activities (bike, snorkel gear, surfboard or stand up paddleboard hire)
  • Rottnest Express Barrack Street Jetty Terminal , 2 Barrack St, Perth WA 6000, Australia

    Ferry departs Barrack Street at 8:45am. We recommend arriving 30 minutes before departure.

  • B Shed , 1 Peter Hughes Dr, Fremantle WA 6160, Australia

    Ferry departs B Shed at 9:30am. We recommend arriving 30 minutes before departure.

  • Rottnest Express North Port Rous Head Ferry Terminal , 1 Emma Place, Rous Head Rd, North Fremantle WA 6159, Australia

    If you have selected a hotel pick up, please contact Rottnest Express directly to confirm your hotel pick up time.

  • This activity will end right where it started.
    When booking, select your ferry departure location—either Perth or Fremantle—as well as the option to include lunch on the island, if you wish.

    Your day trip starts with the high-speed ferry ride to Rottnest Island. If you’re departing Perth, cruise along the Swan River to Fremantle, where the river meets the Indian Ocean, to pick up more passengers for the ride across the water to Rotto, as it’s referred to by locals. When you arrive, hop aboard your coach for an island sightseeing tour.

    Listen to commentary from your guide about the history, culture and wildlife of the island, known for its secluded beaches and its resident quokkas, small marsupials who call Rottnest home. As you circle the island, make stops at Wadjemup Lighthouse and the West End, where you can hop off to stroll down the boardwalk, admiring coastal views. Look for fur seals at Cathedral Rocks, and watch for the possible humpback whale, which might be seen from September to November.

    When your tour ends at Thompson Bay, you are free to enjoy the island independently until it’s time to catch the ferry back to Perth. Perhaps rent a bike to check out one of the 63 beaches or 20 bays, go snorkeling or stand-up paddleboarding, or visit attractions like Lomas Cottage, Rottnest Island Museum or Pilot Boathouse. (Rentals, activities and entrance fees are at your own expense.) If you select the lunch upgrade, head to Karma Rottnest for a buffet of hot dishes, deli items, salads, desserts and beverages.

    Your day trip then ends with the return ferry ride to Fremantle or Perth.
    Stop At:  
    Swan River
    Commentary along the Swan River
    Duration: 1 hour 
    Admission Ticket Free
    Pass By:  
    Rottnest Express
    Ferry transfer
    Stop At:  
    Wadjemup Lighthouse
    5 minute stop at the Wadjemup Lighthouse
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Pass By:  
    Rottnest Island Visitor Centre
    Information on Rottnest Island
    Stop At:  
    West End
    15 minute stop to explore the west-end boardwalk
    Duration: 15 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 32 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Rottnest Express
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    What is the policy on sanitization during Discover Rottnest with Ferry & Bus Tour from Perth or Fremantle?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Discover Rottnest with Ferry & Bus Tour from Perth or Fremantle.
    What is the social distancing policy during Discover Rottnest with Ferry & Bus Tour from Perth or Fremantle?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    See all safety measures taken by Discover Rottnest with Ferry & Bus Tour from Perth or Fremantle.
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Discover Rottnest with Ferry & Bus Tour from Perth or Fremantle?
    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    See all safety measures taken by Discover Rottnest with Ferry & Bus Tour from Perth or Fremantle.

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    Traveler Tips

    • "A great experience but be wary of the wind picking up in the afternoon." See review
    • "Easy option to then get the train back to Perth." See review


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    A beautiful day on Rottnest😀
    , Nov 2021
    Fantastic day with the bus tour around the island & lunch was also good. Great to see the quokka’s A beautiful island with some lovely bays.
    Raw hamburger for lunch no thanks!
    , Nov 2021
    The ferry and tour were really great and I enjoyed this part of my day emmensly, however do not get the lunch at Karma it was so bad I couldn't even eat it, raw hamburger meat and cold chips that took over an hour, if you are thinking of taking this package, skip the lunch add on and enjoy lunch of your choice at the many other options on the island. Ruined my day!
    Great fun and value, highly recommend
    , Nov 2021
    Lovely cruise up the river, yummy muffins and heaps of information from our guide Malcolm, who also was our guide on the bus tour of Rottnest. Our driver Marty was also excellent navigating the roads on the island and avoiding wildlife and wild cyclists. Great fun, learned about the island and saw a snake, skinks and lots of quokkas!
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Rottnest tour
    , Oct 2021
    From the ferry ride from Perth to the bus trip around Rottnest and the ferry trip back to was all great. Damo was very informative and a great guide.
    Discovery bus tour - highly recommended
    , Oct 2021
    The whole process was quite easy. The discovery bus tour was informative - highly recommended for first time visitors. We booked the Perth return but got off at Freo, which was nice. It would be great if we are provided with times for the other tours on the island so that we can organise our free time a bit better.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Tour component good, lunch terrible
    , Sep 2021
    The lunch, of BBQ ribs was not good, wedges and salad were okay but the meat dry and smothered in sauce in an attempt to make it moist (didn't work). You get one drink, juice or coffee and a glass of water. Very poor value for money. The bus tour was good so just skip the expensive lunch. The cruise down the Swan River was also good.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Awesome day
    , Sep 2021
    Seeing the Quokka’s up so close. They are so cute. It was an awesome day the staff were fabulous and very helpful
    Trip to Rottnest
    , Jun 2021
    Everything went really well with the bus trip around the island. The guide was very good…… friendly and knowledgeable. Our lunch at Karma was delicious…… very much recommended. Thank you.
    Very enjoyable
    , May 2021
    Good way to see Rottnest. Tour guide very knowledgeable. Would have liked more opportunity of bus to take photos. If you like to take photos sit at window on left hand side of bus for best opportunity.
    2 travelers found this review helpful
    Loved it
    , May 2021
    Meeting the quokkas, the beautiful scenery and the bus trip. A beautiful island I definitely want to go back

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