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Rottnest Island Round-Trip Ferry from Perth or Fremantle provided by Rottnest Express

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Rottnest Island Round-Trip Ferry from Perth or Fremantle

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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We are ready to welcome you back to travel with confidence. Our JourneySafe COVID safety protocols means that we have implemented enhanced procedures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic so that you can travel with peace of mind.
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Updated 17/11/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
The white sand beaches, tranquil bays, and nature reserves of Rottnest Island lie just off the coast of Perth. This tour is ideal for independent travelers who want to explore the island at their own pace without the hassle of organizing their own transport. Cruise out to the island by high-speed ferry and enjoy a full day to discover the island. Perhaps hire bikes and cycle the coastal roads, dive in to swim and snorkel at the beaches, or spot quokkas in the nature reserve.
  • Free time on Rottnest Island to swim, bike, or snorkel
  • Chance to spot quokkas at the Rottnest Island nature reserve
  • Self-guided tour: explore the island at your own pace
  • Round-trip transport by high-speed ferry from Perth or Fremantle
Important Information
Departure Point
Rottnest Express Barrack Street Jetty Elizabeth Quay Ferry Terminal, 2 Barrack St, Perth WA 6000, Australia B Shed, 1 Peter Hughes Dr, Fremantle WA 6160, Australia Northport Ferry Terminal, North Fremantle WA 6159, Australia
7–8 hours
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Round-trip ferry to Rottnest Island
  • Rottnest Island Authority fee
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Entrance fees to any attractions
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 400 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Traveller rating
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TMM818 wrote a review Nov. 2020
Bunbury, Australia688 contributions72 helpful votes
We have always taken the Rottnest Express vessels since we started our regular visits across the water to Rottnest. Our most trip was very comfortable, even with not the most ideal of crossing conditions. We had arrived early for our outbound trip and were waiting near the
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Date of experience: November 2020
EdiBa683 wrote a review Nov. 2020
Switzerland971 contributions56 helpful votes
The fastest and easiest way to go to Rottnest is the Ferry. The Rottnest Express from Perth itself was an experience, to sit on the deck and enjoy the wind in the face and hair was fantastic. It was a hot and windy day and the ride was quite rough, but it was perfect.
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Date of experience: December 2019
heliconia9PerthWa wrote a review Nov. 2020
Perth, Australia408 contributions121 helpful votes
Really enjoyed our day trip on Rottnest Express Ferry. Very convenient service from Fremantle, especially if you want to catch the train to Fremantle. The departure point is only a 5 minute walk from the train station. Good facilities at both the dock including a cafe and
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Date of experience: October 2020
Scoota900 wrote a review Jun. 2020
Melbourne, Australia39 contributions22 helpful votes
Customer Comfort hits Rock Bottom! I Booked a round trip on Rottnest Express Ferry service on Sunday 26th August 2019, the ferry ride itself was uneventful and did not take very long BUT !!!! The return leg was absolutely devoid of any regard for their 150 or so Paying
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Date of experience: August 2019
Response from Michelle K, Manager at Rottnest Island Round-Trip Ferry from Perth or Fremantle
Responded 7 Aug. 2020
Hi Scoota900, Thanks for your comments from your trip last August. The Rottnest jetty is controlled by the Rottnest Island Authority and unfortunately no ferry operator has control over the Rottnest jetty and the lack of seats or shelter available. As the vista has been heritage listed, we are not allowed to make any changes to the jetty. We're sorry to hear you found the wait on the jetty to be long however whilst the crew are completing tasks outside of the ferry, as there is no supervision onboard the licensed premises, passengers cannot be allowed inside the vessel. The crew do their best to complete these tasks as quickly and safely as possible before immediately boarding any passengers who are waiting on the jetty. The 4:30pm service is normally our last service from the island during winter, however the 6pm service was added the day before due to the unseasonably nice weather that week bringing out lots of additional guests wishing to travel to the island. Unfortunately adding an additional service at 6pm does leave the turnaround time quite short and the onboard GPS tracking equipment does show that the ferry arrived back at Rottnest Island at 5:46pm, where all available crew would have loaded the 29 hire bikes on to the ferry before starting boarding the waiting passengers at 5:57pm to depart the island at 6:02pm. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed the rest of your day on the island. Kind regards, Michelle
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FunHolidayAnywhere wrote a review Apr. 2020
Perth, Australia47 contributions12 helpful votes
This is a great way to travel to Rottnest island for a day trip, quick and efficient, to maximise your time on the island. Can't complain about the service it was good, and the boat was comfortable to travel on. If you are looking to travel to Rottnest island, the Rottnest
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Date of experience: May 2019
Response from Michelle K, Manager at Rottnest Island Round-Trip Ferry from Perth or Fremantle
Responded 7 Jun. 2020
Hi FunHolidayAnywhere, Thanks for the review. We're glad to know you enjoyed travelling with us on your recent trip to Rottnest Island. We'll see you next time you visit . Thanks, Michelle
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About the operator

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By: Rottnest Express
Great Adventure Tour!
Oly and Adene gave us all a great trip on the speed boat. We headed out from Rottnest to find humpback whales and i
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Great service
Loved the trip over to Rottnest from Fremantle, I am an anxious sea farer but my latest trip instilled that all sea
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Easy on, easy off
Without advance reservations, I walked to the Barrack Street docks in Perth the morning I wanted to visit and bough
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Poor communication
I booked a ticket for ferry pass with bike hire. I was told to collect my bike from the Jetty. I was not told to co
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Rottnest Island Was Awesome
The Trip to Rottnest Island it's a must to be if you are in Perth ! I've never seen so many beautiful beaches in th
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Will be back!
Great bike ride..but didn't leave enough time to do the whole island and have a swim! Great opportunities for bird
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Corinne H
I pre booked the return tickets online a couple of months in advance and was able to get one of the promotional pri
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Excellent day out!
I could not believe it took me over 12 years to visit Rottness Island since I have arrived in Perth, WA. The Rottne
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Great day out
The trip to Rottnest Island on the ferry was relaxing and enjoyable. We embarked at the Barrack St pier, and cruise
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Day out at ROTTNEST
Beautiful Island, beautiful beaches and clean water. Lots to see but if doing it by bike don't take on too much unl
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Rottnest Island Tour
Awesome coach tour of the island with commentary visiting all the beautiful bays and beaches a very entertaining co
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Great and engaging
Great cruise very enjoyable and a creative and engaging bus tour. All around great day out! There is about half a d
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Rottnest bus tour
Rottnest Express staff extremely helpful. Bus tour was a great overview of the island and you would still have time
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Great cruise down The Swan River to Freemantle
This tour was booked for us by our tour operator. It was 42 yrs since we last visited Rottnest and we were disappo
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Fun Day on Rottnest
We booked on line with Rottnest Express for the ferry ride from Perth to Rottnest Island with Bikes for two adults.
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Key Details
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  • Duration: 7–8 hours
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