Rottnest Island: A Ferry From Freemantle to The Best of Nature


Rottnest Island, also known as Wadjemup, is located a short 30-minute ferry ride from Fremantle. Western Australia. The island is characterized by its rich biodiversity, crystal-clear waters, pristine beaches, bike paths, and walking trails. It stands out due to its dedication to conservation and a car-free policy.

Reaching the island is convenient with ferries operating also from Perth as well as Freo’ Fremantle. Additionally, light planes and helicopters offer scenic aerial routes. Once on the island, visitors have the option to walk, rent bicycles or e-bikes, use a shuttle service, or take a hop-on-hop-off bus touring the entire 11-kilometre-long island.

Wadjemup has deep historical, cultural, and spiritual significance, especially for the Whadjuk Noongar people, the island’s custodians for thousands of years. This island is essential in Whadjuk Noongar lore as a transition point between the physical and spiritual worlds. Their traditions, stories, and practices reveal a profound connection to the land and ocean. Visitors can delve into this rich history through Aboriginal-led tours and the Wadjemup Museum, both of which offer insights into the Whadjuk Noongar culture, the island’s colonial history, and its development over time.

Quokkas on Rottnest Island. Credit Tourism Western Australia

Rottnest Island boasts stunning natural beauty, from its white sandy beaches and turquoise bays to 63 secluded spots, each with its unique allure. Popular destinations include The Basin, Geordie Bay, and Little Parakeet Bay. The island’s marine ecosystem is equally captivating, with a variety of marine life, including humpback whales, seals, and dolphins. For those interested in exploring underwater, snorkel trails at Parker Point and Little Salmon Bay showcase the island’s marine biodiversity.

Inland, the island has over 45 kilometres of interconnected trails winding through diverse landscapes, from lush vegetation to tranquil lakes. This network allows visitors to immerse themselves in the island’s natural environment.

One of the island’s most renowned inhabitants is the quokka, a marsupial known for its friendly demeanor. Often called the ‘world’s happiest animals,’ quokkas are unique to this region. Their presence on the island has historical significance, with Dutch sailors in the 17th century mistaking them for large rats, leading to the naming of the island as ‘Rottnest’ or ‘rat’s nest’.

Rottnest Island offers various lodging options, ranging from eco-friendly glamping tents and historic cottages to modern beachfront hotels, allowing visitors to experience the beauty of the island under a starlit sky.

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