Rottnest Island Travel Guide

Located just 19 kilometres off the coast of Perth, Rottnest Island is an idyllic paradise that will make you appreciate the simple things in life. This island is the home of many plants and animals, so you’ll surely have the opportunity to reconnect with nature. While Rottnest Island receives tens of thousands of visitors a year, it has a pristine environment that is protected by Australian laws. The beautiful scenery of Rottnest Island is also cared for by locals.

Things to see and do on Rottnest Island

Since Rottnest Island is fairly small in terms of surface area, cycling is a popular means of sustainable transportation. Lease a bike, and use one of the trails to explore the island’s many inland and waterfront destinations. By following the Gabbi Karnini Bidi, a nine-kilometre trail, you can see some incredible views.

At Bathurst Lighthouse, you can look over the ocean to see a vast expanse of blue water. If you continue to bike around the island, you can visit Little Salmon Bay and Henrietta Rocks. Both of these locations offer amazing views that photography enthusiasts admire. If you would like to experience some inland views of the island, follow the Ngank Yira Bidi. The Ngank Yira Bidi is a short trail that cuts through the centre of Rottnest Island.

Bathurst Lighthouse – Rottnest Island, Western Australia

Bathurst Lighthouse looking over protected beach in Western Australia.

A trip to Rottnest Island is not complete without exploring the marine environment. By snorkelling at some of the most popular reefs and underwater hotspots around the island, you can encounter exotic fish, coral, and interesting stone structures. Due to calm conditions and clear waters, the best locations for snorkelling are the Basin, Little Salmon Bay, and Little Armstrong Bay.

Take time to simply relax by laying on the beach or swimming. The Basin is one of the most beautiful areas on Rottnest Island to enjoy a quiet day of picnicking, tanning, or swimming. The Basin has sandy beaches and calm surroundings, so you will enjoy a classic beach experience while you create fond memories.

Fishing is one of the most popular activities of Rottnest Island. Grab your gear and head to Radar Reef for a day of catching challenging game species. Radar Reef is located near Fishhook Bay, and it is populated by tropical species that many anglers rarely have the opportunity to catch. If you’re looking for a change of scenery, go to the Army Jetty. You’ll enjoy fishing in the surf on the east-side of the island.

Head to the Cathedral Rocks to watch Rottnest’s seals from a safe distance. The island is also the home of the world-famous quokkas. Quokkas are furry creatures that are exclusive to Rottnest Island and some other areas of Australia. You may also enjoy a day of bird-watching in the island’s forested areas.