"Fancy a day trip to Rotto?" Rottnest Island Tip by CatherineReichardt

Rottnest Island, Perth: 40 reviews and 71 photos

  Why wouldn't you want to visit this?
by CatherineReichardt

Rottnest Island - universally known as Rotto by anyone who's been in Western Australia for more than five minutes - is quite simply Perth's playground and the fact that it attracts 500,000 tourists a year (dominantly West Australians) speaks volumes for its unique combination of charms.

Located just 18km off the coast, it is an enchantingly timewarp sort of place that occupies a special place in locals' hearts, especially those born and bred in WA who have holidayed there since childhood. It is the ultimate day trip out from Perth at any time of year, especially for families, provided that the weather is good - the photo above, for example, was taken in late June, which is mid winter in Western Australia.

For more information on Rotto, follow this link to my Rottnest Island page:
My Rottnest Island page

When deciding which ferry company to travel with, I would recommend that you should take into consideration both where your travelling from/to and whether you want to make the ferry ride just a journey or part of the tourist experience. Ferries to Rottnest run from Fremantle, Barrack Street jetty in Perth and Hillarys (a northern coastal suburb). For more detail on selecting which ferry route to take, follow this link:
Travelling from Perth to Rotto

However, if you are new to Perth, then don't underestimate how lovely the boat trip down the Swan is (see my other travel tips for more details). This gives you an entirely different perspective on the city and allows you to rubberneck at the jawdroppingly opulent riverside properties: most trips also provide some sort of commentary that is usually scurrilous and highly amusing in a typically Aussie 'tongue in cheek' manner. It is possible to take cruises on the Swan River between Perth and Freo that will give you the same experience, but if you're planning to visit Rotto anyway, then why not consider combining the two (with a considerable resultant saving, as these things don't come cheap)?

The only warning that I would offer if you decide to take the ferry from Barrack Street is that it adds at least two hours onto the round trip. This could make for a very long day - especially if you have small kids in tow - and may also eat into the time your have available to enjoy Rotto, especially if making an early morning start isn't your forte.

Phone: +61 8 9372 9732
Website: http://www.rottnestisland.com/about/getting-around-rottnest-island/train-rides

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  • Updated Nov 15, 2011
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