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Rottnest Island Travel Guide

Getting Here and Around

A number of operators offer light plane and helicopter flights to Rottnest Island. Check the Rottnest Island Visitor Information Centre website for other options.

There are no taxis on Rottnest Island. Almost everyone rides bikes, which can either be rented when booking your ferry ticket, or once you arrive, at Rottnest Bike Hire.

Charter1 catamaran. Cuddle up onboard a 12½-meter (41-foot) island-circling catamaran that offers snorkeling and seal and dolphin spotting adventures to Rottnest Island’s isolated bays by day, and gently rocking accommodation complete with stargazing by night. The day tours head to a small rocky island where Australian fur seals like to loll about, but once they see you splash into the ocean, they're keen to play and will swim around you in the water. From September to November, spot dolphins and Humpback whales frolicking in the ocean. Snorkel tours (A$68) run September–April, daily 11–1, and eco-adventure tours (A$58) are at 1:15–3:15. Twilight sails (A$48) make for another relaxing option. Bookings recommended. Snorkelling gear is provided. Rottnest Island, WA. 0428/604–794. www.charter1.com.au.

Rottnest Air Taxi. This speedy air service to Rottnest Island flies from Perth's Jandakot airport. Round-trip fare is from around A$120 per person for a fully occupied aircraft (fewer passengers means prices rise; there's a four-seater and a six-seater aircraft). The service operates on demand, anytime during the day, weather permitting. Flight time is around 12 minutes. Telephone for flight times. 1800/500006 within Australia only; 0411/264–547. www.rottnestairtaxi.com.au.

Rottnest Express. Rottnest Express runs ferries to Rottnest Island from two locations in Fremantle, as well as from Perth. 1300/467688. www.rottnestexpress.com.au.

Rottnest Fast Ferries. Rottnest Fast Ferries runs boats from Hillarys Boat Harbour. The ferries take approximately 45 minutes from Hillarys to Rottnest, with hotel pick-ups from Perth available. Round-trip prices, including entry to Rottnest are from A$84. Add bike rentals to the trip for a total fare of A$99, snorkel sets are A$15 extra. Whale watching tours, which start from A$69 (early-September to early December), are also available. 08/9246–1039. rottnestfastferries.com.au. Closed June, July (except school holidays) and August.

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