More photos of Rottnest Island taken during winter 2021 featuring beaches, fishing, accommodation including glamping (luxury tent camping), restaurants, cycling and other things to do at Rottnest Island. Rottnest Island near Perth Western Australia, is the must see playground of Western Australians. Rottnest Island has sheltered beaches no matter what the wind direction. Visiting Rotto is one of the best things to do in Perth for Perthites or tourists.
See my 2021 Youtube
Video of Rottnest Island
which includes Rottnest island accommodation and video of cute
near white sandy beaches on this little bit of Rotto paradise island near Perth
Western Australia. It's similar to a
where I worked in the hospitality industry for 10 years.
The video starts with getting to Rottnest Island from Hillarys Boat Harbour
Most boats to Rottnest depart via Fremantle or Hillarys boat harbour. Rottnest Island is 18 kilometres from these Perth harbours. It's about half an hour by road from the Perth CBD to these Perth harbours.
A fast ferry boat from Hillarys boat harbour to Rottnest Island departs at 9am and returns to Hillarys boat harbour, Sorrento Perth in the morning at 11am and afternoon at 4pm. Most of the return boat transport from Rottnest Island to Perth is in the afternoon.
Alternative transport to Rottnest Island includes by charter boat, or plane, Jandakot Airport to Rottnest. Private transport is a great way of getting to Rottnest with a group of friends. Snorkelling equipment and lunch is included in this Rottest Island day trip. Plane flights from Perth to Rottnest is an option for people who get sea sick. From Rottnest to Perth are emergency plane flights. Private sailing yachts and charter boat are an alternative to the fast Rottnest Island passenger boats. I once sailed to Rottnest from the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club with class mate Guy Hobbs (IM) grandson of general Hobbs (IM).
Pure white sand beaches at Rottnest are protected by from sun and wind by limestone rock outcrops. Beautiful bays of clear Indian Ocean teaming with fish.
Beaches on the leward side of the Rottnest islet are the best so pay attention
to wind direction and Rottnest Island weather reports. As a rule of thumb it's
best to enjoy the best beaches of Rotto on the south/west side of Rottnest first
thing in the morning. Then when the sea breeze blows hard in the afternoon,
beaches like the Basin beach on the northern side of Rotto are good and
seltered from the south westerly sea breeze.
Photo of Rottnest island from Scarborough Beach.
Fishing Rottnest Island reefs, beaches and game fishing west of Rottnest Island on the edge of the continental shelf is world class. Perth fishing charter boats, private fishing boats, fishing club contestants all enjoy good recreational sport fishing around Rottnest Island. Spear-fishing at Indian Ocean zones off Rottnest is restricted in designated areas.
There is a variety of accommodation on Rottnest Island and in different locations. Most Rottnest accommodation is near Thompson Bay, a sheltered east side bay where most boats approach Rottnest Island from Perth and anchor. Some for party central.
Accommodation at Geordie Bay is sheltered from the early summer strong south westerlies.
Boats moored near Rottnest Island accommodate hundreds of Perthites in summer.
Tentland camping ground.
Rottnest Island accommodation 2021 news is new Rottnest Island hotels planned will start taking online accommodation bookings towards the end of 2021. On hotel is part of and next to Hotel Rottnest.
Photo right is one of my
hired cranes from Perth being used in the development of improved infrastructure on
If you haven't been on a family holiday to isle of Rottnest for a while, let your overseas holiday be at Rotto this year. You'll be happy with the improved island accommodation options and improved quality. More 4 star and 5 star hotel are planned for Rottnest Island. Cheap hotel accommodation on Rottnest is in the off peak winter season when my video was shot. It's fine then because of the good climate on Rottnest Island. If you don't want overnight accommodation on Rottnest Island then leave for a Rotto day trip from Perth early in the morning.
The Rottnest climate is warmer than Perth in winter because it's out in the Leeuwin Current and because being a low island, rain doesn't form up but rather passes over the island.
SCUBA diving is a popular at Rottnest. There are large underwater caves full of fish. Rottnest Island also has an historic SCUBA trail which connects various points of interest such as shipwrecks.
There are numerous Perth based, Perth to Rottnest Island charter boats which run CUBA diving trips to Rottnest Island.
Surf at Rottnest Island is about 4 times bigger than
Surfing at Strickland Bay this morning inspired me to put this webpage about
"Rottnest Island" together. I'm used to surfing a beach break at Scarborough
Beach. The last reef break I surfed was at Hikkaduwa in 1976 so there was
some fear which dissipated with the first wonderful ride. I didn't know when
to stop and went almost to the beach. When I got off the wave I was standing
on the seaweed covered limestone reef. The surf rolls in at Rottnest Island
from the Indian Ocean, giving PLENTY of time to get surfing. Even if you
wipe out, there's plenty of water between surfers and the reef.
Fishing charter boats do fishing and surfing tours
to Rottnest Island surf spots out of Hillarys Boat or from the port city of
Photo of me surfing with a pod of surfing dolphins at Rottnest Island.
Kitesurfing and windsurfing at Rottnest Island are also popular.
I had my first "pash" at Rottnest with an exciting, young beautiful Perth girl "Loverock" older than me circa 1967 in a tent at the Rottnest Island camping ground known as "Ten Land". There are many bungalows but because Rottnest accommodation is very popular you need to book MANY months in advance if you want accommodation at Rottnest in peak summer season.
Following is a list of some of the 10 best things to do on Rottnest island. Many of the free things to do are some of the best things to do on Rottnest.
Rottnest island camping tents have been left open for courtship resons but if you fell asleep, quokkas, Rottnest's little furry creatures which look like big rats, would get in to eat your food. Rottnest Island quokkas are the reason early Dutch sailors gave the island the name (rat) Rott-nest.
There are food stores and restaurants at Rottnest. The Rottnest Island bakery is worth waiting for breakfast.
Our favourite transport on Rottnest Island is by bicycle or kayak.
A hop on hop off bus service circles Rottnest Island. A small train service is a vailable too.
The small number of service vehicles on Rottnest have a slow 8km/hr speed limit.
Bicycle hire on Rottnest is popular. Private cars are not permitted on Rottnest Island. You can bring your bike by boat or hire bicycles from nearby
Cycling around Rottnest is one of the best family things to do on idillic
Big map of Rottnest Island