Rottnest Island Travel Guide

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Plan Your Rottnest Island Vacation

An easy 30-minute cruise from Fremantle, or about one hour down the Swan River from Perth, sunny, quirky Rottnest Island makes an ideal day trip. Known to locals as "Rotto," the former penal colony, boys’ reformatory, and war base is as much a part of Western Australia as mine sites, colorful entrepreneurs, and untouched beaches. Its strange moniker—translated to mean rat’s nest—can be attributed to 17th-century Dutch explorers who mistook the native marsupials called quokkas for cat-sized rats.

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Rottnest Island Hotels

Accommodation on the island ranges from basic camping sites to self-contained holiday villas and hotels. Space is at a... read more

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Rottnest Island Experiences

  • Quokkas

    Quokkas were among the first Australian mammals ever seen by Europeans. In 1658, the Dutch Captain Willem De Vlamingh described them as... Read more

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