Day Trip Itinerary to Rottnest Island

If you're like me and have a short time to see all the very best things Western Australia and Perth have to offer, then you need an efficient itinerary to visit one of the most famous islands.

Rottnest Island is just off the coast of Perth and you can read more about transportation in the blog post "Essential Guide to Rottnest Island".

I took the ferry so this itinerary is based off of my personal experience.

Bathurst Lighthouse on Rottnest Island

7:00am: Wake up & get ready for the day, you’re going to Rottnest Island!!

8:00am: Drive to Fremantle from Perth (30 minutes)

8:30am: Grab coffee from B-Shed & enjoy the harbor views

  • Closest all day parking is $10 at Wilson’s Parking

9:20am: board the Rottnest Island Express

  • It can get quite packed so make sure you’re in line early

  • Pick a seat on the top deck so you can enjoy the fresh breeze and the ocean views

9:45am: Rottnest Island Express leaves Fremantle for Rottnest Island

10:20am: arrive on Rottnest Island

  • Take a walk through the visitor center

  • Meander over to the shuttle buses & see if you can see a quokka on the way!

11:00am: hop on the Discovery Bus tour or hit the road on your bike

  • If you go on the bus tour, get a seat by the window on the left as you’ll be driving along the coast on the left hand side

  • Stop at Wadjemup Lighthouse for the view (20 minutes by bike)

  • Take picturesque photo’s at West End and Cape Vlaming (35+ minutes by bike)

12:30pm: arrive back to shuttle bus stop

  • Make your way to the shops for lunch and some souvenirs or bring a picnic!

  • You’ll probably spot quokka’s around the general store looking for scraps

1:00 pm – Try to get your epic #quokkaselfie

  • Somerville Dr is especially filled with quokka’s as it has many trees and a lot of leaves littering the ground the quokka’s love to eat.

1:30pm – Head to Bathurst Lighthouse and Pinky Beach (10 minute walk)

  • One of the nicest beaches recommended by a local

  • Relax on the beach, put your toes in the sand or take a refreshing swim!

4:00pm – head back to the ferry

  • get a seat on the top deck so you can wave goodbye to Rottnest and the quokkas!

  • The sun will also be setting behind Rottnest so you’ll get great sunset views around this time in winter

So there you have it! A full day to get you to and from Rottnest Island and enjoy the most important highlights the island has to offer. Hope you enjoyed this post! It was a quick one. Let me know if there's anything I can do to improve or what you'd like to see more of.

Selfie with a quokka
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