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Experience Rottnest with Ferry & Bike Hire from Perth or Fremantle

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Experience Rottnest with Ferry & Bike Hire from Perth or Fremantle

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icon8 hours  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English
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Take a day trip to Rottnest Island, a popular Perth getaway due to its white-sand beaches, secluded bays, scenic bike paths and vehicle-free atmosphere. Travel to the island, just off the coast, by high-speed ferry, and then explore at your leisure with included bike rental. Some options are snorkeling or following the trails to West End, Wadjemup or Bathurst Longhouses, the pink salt lakes or include lunch at Karma Rottnest. When booking, select the option that corresponds to your departure location—either Perth or Fremantle.
  • Day trip to Rottnest Island from Perth or Fremantle including return ferry ride
  • Up to 1-hour scenic Swan River Cruise past local landmarks and Millionaire’s Row (length depending on option selected) including live commentary by the ferry skipper
  • See spectacular iconic locations including Wadjemup Lighthouse and the West End boardwalk
  • Spot the island’s famous marsupial, the quokka, and marine life such as dolphins and fur seals
  • Enjoy free exploring the island on your bike at your own leisure
  • Enjoy lunch at Karma Rottnest (if option selected)
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Return ferry to Rottnest Island from Perth or Fremantle
Bicycle hire, helmet and security lock
Lunch (if option selected)
Snorkel Hire (If option selected)
Hotel drop-off
Food and drinks, unless specified
  • 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 Terminal Rottnest Express , 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.
    If you’re departing from Perth, your Rottnest Island day trip starts with the ferry ride along the Swan River, which takes you past luxurious homes and yacht clubs on the water. When you arrive in Fremantle, pick up more passengers; if you select the Fremantle option when booking, you’ll board the ferry here. Then speed across the Indian Ocean to reach the island. As you disembark from the ferry, pick up your included bike rental from the friendly crew.

    Known to locals as Rotto, the island is beloved for its tranquil, relaxing environment, due largely to its no-cars-allowed policy. Explore the island independently; You might like to settle on one of the 20 bays and 63 secluded beaches or perhaps visit the iconic Wadjemup or Bathurst Lighthouses. Choose to visit attractions such as Lomas Cottage, Rottenest Island Museum or Pilot Boathouse. You might like to ride to the West End where you can stroll along the boardwalk admiring coastal views and lookout for seals at Cathedral Rocks and keep your eyes peeled for humback whales - late September - November. When you stop for breaks, make sure to keep your eyes open for quokkas, the local marsupials who call the island home.

    Your trip ends with the return ferry ride to Fremantle or Perth.
    Stop At:  
    Swan River
    Swan river commentary
    Duration: 1 hour 
    Admission Ticket Free
    Pass By:  
    Rottnest Express
    Ferry transfer
    Pass By:  
    Rottnest Island Visitor Centre
    Visitor information centre
    Pass By:  
    Salmon Bay
    One of Rottnest Islands Iconic Beaches
    Stop At:  
    The Basin
    Snorkeling and swim in this beautiful bay
    Duration: 1 hour 
    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
    • Children aged between 4-12 years old must be accompanied by an adult
    • Children under 4 years old travel free. Child seats and trailers are available
    • Bike helmets must be worn while cycling on the island; failure to do so could result in a fine.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 400 travellers
    • 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 cancelled 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 sanitisation during Experience Rottnest with Ferry & Bike Hire from Perth or Fremantle?
    A:The policies on sanitisation are:

    • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
    • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
    See all safety measures taken by Experience Rottnest with Ferry & Bike Hire from Perth or Fremantle.
    What is the social distancing policy during Experience Rottnest with Ferry & Bike Hire from Perth or Fremantle?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    See all safety measures taken by Experience Rottnest with Ferry & Bike Hire from Perth or Fremantle.
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Experience Rottnest with Ferry & Bike Hire 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 Experience Rottnest with Ferry & Bike Hire from Perth or Fremantle.

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    Traveller Tips

    • "Making reservation with Viator is convenient since the ferryservice is crowded." See review
    • "If you are planning to complete a round cycling of Rottnest Island, make sure your family are fit for that because you will need to cycle around the up and down hill with a distance of more than 10km." See review
    • "Bikes and helmets are handed over as soon as you arrive on the island, so you're good to go straightaway." See review

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    Rottnest is a must see!
    , Aug. 2022
    An amazing experience and a highlight of my trip to WA! Rottnest was beautiful, I felt as if I was in a movie with the white sand beaches, clear waters and super cute Quokkas. The staff and tour guides were all wonderful. Thank you to everyone who contributed to my unforgettable holiday, I will definitely be back.
    <3 Rottnest!
    , Jul. 2022
    What a beautiful place. We travelled in July, weather was lovely but too cool for us to swim. I would like to go there in swimming weather the water is like glass. I searched the whole island for Quokkas, only to find them all hanging around the cafes in the village in the end. I think a whole day is needed to relax and enjoy the island.
    Rottenest you beauty
    , Jun. 2022
    A beautiful day cycling round the island. Feeding leaves to the quokkas. Stunning sunset on the way back.
    Scenic cycle and quokka spotting
    , Jun. 2022
    We were lucky the rain stopped when we reached Rottnest, helmets were wet but we came prepared! There was a hiccup that made us wait 15mins for the next ferry for our child bike which wasn’t as good quality as the adults. Nonetheless we enjoyed our time around the island! Remember to time and head back to the jetty early for your ferry back as you may get lost cycling around!
    Almost perfect!
    , Jun. 2022
    Everything about the island is amazing. Can't fault it! The actual ferry service was smooth and efficient as well. There was only one thing which is a bit frustrating. We bought a 9.30am ticket. Only to be told the ferry leaves at 10am and furthermore we have to go pick up others. We ended up leaving for the island (after picking up the others at a different stop) at about 10.20am .. nearly a whole hour lost.
    The Wondersof Rottnest
    , Jun. 2022
    Was a great day! Definitely hire a bike if you can! Great commentary on the way over. I felt it was enough time over there to get around and see the beautiful beaches!
    1 traveller found this review helpful
    , May 2022
    The island itself is beautiful, the volunteer guides along the way were really informative and the food in The Settlement was lovely. All combining to make a wonderfully memorable day.
    Thanks for visiting us - Mr/Ms Quokka
    , May 2022
    The entire tour from the booking to the sailing part was very easy and hassle free. My husband and I had a fantastic time touring the island on a bike. The uphill part of the road though was a bit of challenge. But we made it in time for the ferry back to Perth. Hoping to be back to finish the tour of the entire island.
    Well worth the trip
    , May 2022
    Worth every cent and would do it again as there is plenty to see and and the swimming holes are everywhere
    Terrible antiquated system
    , Apr. 2022
    Turned up to be told the 9.30m boat was full and no bikes - even though I paid. The operator was pretty rude about it all but did squeeze us on the next available boat across to Rottnest. Will be phoning for a refund on the bikes. Terrible system - never again.
    Great experience
    , Apr. 2022
    Exchanging for the ferry tickets was a breeze, arrived at Rottnest Island and was able to quickly collect our bicycles from the ferry. We enjoyed our time there and will come back again in the future via booking with Viator.
    Great day at Rottnest!!
    , Apr. 2022
    Great location. Perfect weather, no problems with ferry ride or bikes. Everyone had a good day, even managed a selfie or two with the quokkas.
    Great day out. Upgrade to an e-bike if you ride the whole circuit.
    , Apr. 2022
    The island is beautiful, the roads are quiet, and there are hills to ride up on your rental bike. The 22 km circuit is doable on the standard red 3-speed rental bike but would be far easier on an e-bike!
    Disorganised and lots of waiting
    , Jan. 2022
    We got the bike and snorkel included, although when we checked in at the ferry terminal, they didn’t say anything about the bikes. When I asked about it, they said Viator haven’t included in my booking and we had to wait around for 20 minutes while they tried to find some bikes on another boat arriving later. When we got there, there was no explanation of where to get the snorkel gear, the visitor centre sent us to another place who pointed us back to the jetty to pick it up from the Rottnest express team. So even though we arrived at rottnest at 10:35, we didn’t really get going until 11:45. If I could do it again, I would hire the bike and snorkel gear from the other shop on the island.
    1 traveller found this review helpful
    Friendly staffs, easy and...
    , Dec. 2021
    Friendly staffs, easy and clear to understand. Help full. Beautiful island. Big lunch at Karma resort. Happy introduction for friends and family enjoy it.
    Rotty is a beautiful island
    , Dec. 2021
    You booked us children bikes not good It took 30mins to sort out while they found adult bikes off a different boat.
    1 traveller found this review helpful
    Breath taking island!
    , Dec. 2021
    The island is amazing! The staff were so friendly and accommodating! (Even when our bicycles were locked together lol) Not much time left after lunch to explore the island, would definitely do an overnight stay to not feel rushed.
    Rottnest Quokka Experience
    , Oct. 2021
    Took the ferry from Perth, down the Swan River, to Fremantle then onto Rottnest Island. Excellent day, weather was perfect, easy cycle around the island then lunch and a few drinks. The quokkas were out and happy that take some selfies. The staff on the ferry were also excellent and a big shoutout to Damien the tour guide, he is very knowledgeable and answered many of our questions. All in all a great day out.
    Loved it
    , Oct. 2021
    Great value recommend bike hire can hire electric bikes too Chose the best day weather wise and not on a weekend
    1 traveller found this review helpful
    Just Do It!
    , Jun. 2021
    We had an exceptional day – truly memorable. We cycled the entire island, photographed ourselves with a few adorable quokkas finished off the day with a beer, wine and chips at the pub. Definitely great value and fun.

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