Roundtrip Ferry to Rottnest Island from Perth (2023)

  • 7 to 8 hours (approx.)

  • Offered at:


general description

A piece of paradise in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Perth, Rottnest Island is a popular day trip for its white sand beaches, secluded turquoise coves, bike paths and car-free environment. Travel to the island by high-speed ferry from Perth or Fremantle – make your choice when booking. Then spend your time on the island as you please before returning by ferry the same day. Popular activities include snorkeling, biking and searching for quokkas, the native wildlife.

  • Same day return Rottnest ferry ticket from Fremantle or Perth

  • Includes Rottnest Island Authority fee

  • Relax on the scenic 25-minute ferry ride from Fremantle to Rottnest Island

  • Spend your time however you like on Rottnest Island and enjoy the beaches, hiking trails, bike trails and water sports

  • Keep an eye out for wildlife like the quokka (a marsupial known as the kangaroo rat) and a colony of New Zealand fur seals

  • Rent snorkel gear, boogie boards, paddle boards, bikes, and other gear (own expense) on the island

what is included

  • Same day round trip ferry from Perth to Rottnest Island

  • Rottnest Island Authority fee

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off.

  • to eat and drink

  • Tickets for each attraction.

meet and pick up

meeting point

  • Terminal Rottnest Express Barrack Street jetty

    2 Barrack Street, Perth WA 6000, Australia

    The ferry departs Barrack Street Jetty at 8:45am. We recommend arriving 30 minutes before departure.

start time


final point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

what to expect

Your ferry to Rottnest Island departs from Perth or Fremantle, depending on the option chosen when booking. If you're flying from Perth, travel through the city on the Swan River to reach Fremantle, from where it's a 25-minute journey across the ocean to 'Rotto', as it's known locally.

Once you arrive, you are free to explore the island with its 63 beaches and 20 bays at your leisure. There are plenty of places to get wet by swimming, snorkeling, surfing or just relaxing on the sand and watching the yachts go by on the water. The most popular activity for visitors is renting a bike on the island for a leisurely ride along the scenic roads where cars are not allowed. If you are interested in history, visit attractions such as Lomas Cottage, Rottnest Island Museum, the Pilot Boathouse or the Salt Store and Exhibition Centre. And don't forget to keep an eye out for wildlife, especially the island's native quokkas. (All entrance fees, activities, rentals, food and beverages are at your own expense.)

At the end of your full day on the island, return to Fremantle or Perth via the return ferry.

swan river(Run through)

Cruise on the Swan River

Expreso Rottnest(Run through)

Depart for Rottnest Island

Further information

  • You will receive confirmation at the time of booking unless you book within 3 days of travel. In this case, confirmation will be made within 48 hours, subject to availability.

  • Disabled access

  • accessible stroller

  • Service animals allowed

  • Close to public transport

  • Baby seats available

  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible.

  • Most travelers can participate

  • This tour/activity has a maximum of 400 travelers

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Cancellation policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours before the experience for a full refund.

  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the start of the experience.

  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the start of the experience, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

  • Changes made less than 24 hours before the start of the experience will not be accepted.

  • Check-in times are based on the local time of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If canceled due to inclement weather, you will be offered an alternative date or a full refund.

about cancellations.

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Tips for travelers

Well worth the day trip - the tour bus is a great way to see the island.

The ferry is comfortable even when there is some swell outside the harbour.



245 reviews

Total number of reviews and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews

Viator reviews from travelers.

Showing 1-10 of 245 reviews

Exquisite and treasured travel destination


March 2023

Beaches, cycling, bus tour of the island. Nice subway food. The scenic backdrop is second to none.

fantastic family day


February 2023

Great trip and a great day. We got on and off the bus when we got to the island and spent a lot of time exploring the island.

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viator was desperate to ruin our day


February 2023

Traveling to Perth in a 2 hour drive, I went to the Rotnest Express office meeting point and reception point as per the instructions in our email to be told that our ferry was from Fremantle about 30km away and that we were at the wrong place Place were and would ' No time for booked ferry. Luckily the young lady booked us in on the 10am ferry from Fremantle, which we did with minutes to spare. Viator ruined our day.

Big journey


February 2023

Easy booking process, information on board about the local area en route to Rottnest. Went there and back on time, friendly staff.



February 2023

You sent me to the wrong address for the ferry. The address was Perth but I had to use Fremantle. it wasn't helpful

Nice, but I don't...


end of 2023

Nice but I don't recommend anyone to book through Viator, it's very difficult to contact the company to make changes.



end of 2023

I was disappointed with the help we didn't get when we needed help when we had to change our check out time

Bad service which I will not recommend


end of 2023

I will never use you again I booked a ticket 4 weeks in advance. My ticket was canceled because I didn't go to Perth to board. I'm so pissed

1 traveler found this review helpful

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Great trip to Rottnest


end of 2023

Friendly staff and good service, it was a short trip to and from Rottnest Island taking only 30 minutes each way. The price was cheaper than the competitors. Highly recommended.

Fantastic experience, we...


end of 2023

Fantastic experience, we settled on a beautiful beach and really enjoyed the day. worth a trip

I would absolutely recommend it


end of 2023

Very good experience! I recommend going around the island by bus as the bike route is a bit long. The bus is hop on hop off style so you can enjoy different beaches and see the whole island. It was quite windy and hot in January so the bus was the safe option.

Day trip to Rottnest


end of 2023

We had absolute fun biking all day just to visit the island. I recommend going when the holidays aren't there so there are fewer people. Service was quick so no complaints. Quokas are so cute too

It's something you have...


end of 2023

It's something you must do when visiting Perth. It was a good visit, very busy crowds and queues everywhere. but a very nice one

loss of money


end of 2023

Standing in line, not being able to get bikes or being able to get on and off the bus, impersonal service doesn't matter. I will no longer recommend any tourist or give a coupon. I was ashamed that I had spent so much money on my family and they had such a disappointing experience.

I had a great time and...


end of 2023

I had a great time and enjoyed it. I will definitely come on vacation for more adventures.

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Beautiful day.


end of 2023

Beautiful island, so easy to get on and off the buses. Buses were plentiful, especially as it was Christmas and the island was very busy. The boats that crossed the island were very well organized.

Great family day.


December 2022

The whole day was amazing but coming home and sitting upstairs and soaking wet was so much fun. We enjoyed the bus tour except I think the guide could have commented on the stops. This was disappointing as we missed stops. The ferry staff all over the island were absolutely lovely. 🥰

Something to see! ...just avoid the high season


December 2022

The ferry ride was good, very busy even though it was high season...Rottnest Island is a must see for anyone traveling to WA.

good but bad


December 2022

Rottnest is a large island so we are the travel staff on the boats but sailing at the wrong time can result in poor service on the island making you feel unwanted. There is definitely more demand than the transportation provided and disregard for the young teens mostly ruins the experience. I loved hearing 3 people throwing up in public restrooms, women going into men's restrooms because they couldn't wait in line. Pretty embarrassing.

The water is amazing and...


December 2022

The water is amazing and beautiful. i love the view I just hope to give a bit more or clearer information about the schedule.



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