"Booking Rottnest Island Authority accommodation" Rottnest Island Hotel Tip by CatherineReichardt

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The cheapest and most authentic way to stay on Rotto is to book into accommodation offered by the Rottnest island Authority (RIA).

The website about-australia.com offers the following useful summary of what types of accommodation RIA has on offer:

"Bungalows
Bungalows are located in Thomson Bay only. Built in the 1920s and one of the first holiday units on the Island, the bungalows have recently undergone a significant upgrade whilst retaining the important heritage value. Bungalows now have their own bathroom, new floorings, new furniture and a new kitchen. The bungalows come in configurations of four beds and six beds only.

"Caroline Thomson Cabins
The new look Caroline Thomson area with cedar-clad cabins opened in January 2002. These one room cabins with a veranda feature a kitchenette and separate bathroom, together with two sets of bunks and a double bed. Located in Thomson Bay only. The cabin can sleep up to six guests.

"Cottages - Heritage View
Cottages are located at Thomson Bay and Kingstown and in the majority of cases are identified as having heritage value. Cottages are defined as heritage and refurbished, and some contain additional features such as microwaves. The cottages come in configurations of four beds, six beds and eight beds.

"Cottages - Superior View
Cottages are located at Thomson Bay and Kingstown and in the majority of cases are identified as having heritage value. Cottages are defined as heritage and refurbished, and some contain additional features such as microwaves. The cottages come in configurations of four beds, six beds and eight beds.

"Units
Units are situated back from the beach and are mainly located in the Thomson and Fays Bay settlement areas, with three in Geordie Bay. Some of the Thomson Bay units have been refurbished. The units come in configurations of four beds, six beds and eight beds.

"Villas
Refurbished villas are the most popular type of accommodation on Rottnest Island and many villas have spectacular views of the ocean or salt lakes. Most of the villas in Thomson Bay have been refurbished in the past five years. Villas in Geordie Bay, Longreach Bay and Fays Bay have also been recently refurbished. The villas come in configurations of four bed, six bed and eight bed."

For more information - including indicative prices - follow this link.

Family holidays on Rotto are a Perth institution, but bear in mind that the RIA accommodation has a maximum capacity of less than 3,000 beds: if you consider that the island gets half a million tourists per year, it's not hard to see why RIA accomodation is in great demand, particularly over peak periods such as Christmas, Easter and 'schoolies' (see my tip under 'Warnings and Dangers'.

For reservations, you can book online using the website below. Alternatively, contact the RIA Central Reservations on +61 08 9432 9111 or visit their office at B Shed, Victoria Quay, Fremantle, which is just by the ferry terminal.

If the RIA accommodation is full, then there are other options such as the Rottnest Lodge (see photo above), but be warned that these tend to be on a bed and breakfast or full board basis and are also lot more expensive. Off season, look in the travel supplement of Saturday's West Australian, which sometimes offers good package deals for Rotto, particularly in winter.

Price Comparison: less expensive than average
Price: US$20-40
Theme: Other
Website: http://www.rottnestislandonline.com/

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  • Updated Aug 16, 2013
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