Perth’s summer getaway: Rottnest Island
If you’re visiting Perth, Western Australia then Rottnest Island needs to be on the top of your list of places to go. Known to locals as Rotto, the island is a popular holiday destination. A trip to Rottnest will give you the ultimate beach getaway experience. Buy some sunscreen, pack your bathers and hop on the ferry for a fun filled day.
The first thing you need to know about Rottnest is that it’s practically a car-free island. There are plenty of other transport options including the hop on and off Island Explorer Busses. A bus day pass will get you to all the attractions on the island, including the iconic Wadjemup light house or the popular West End beaches.
If you want to take in the full charm of Rotto then the best way to get around is by bike. Stroll over to Rottnest Island Pedal & Flipper and hire one of their 1300 bikes. Once you’ve hired out a bike, helmet and any other safety equipment you desire it’s time to hit the road.
There are plenty of road and bike paths throughout the island to help you get from beach to beach, so there is no need to worry about getting stuck in sand.
The beaches on Rottnest are stunning, making hitting the beach the number one thing to do. You won’t have time to visit all the beaches in one day so here are a couple of favourites.
Walk a few steps across the shallow reef platform and you will find a large hole of water named the basin. Known for its beautiful natural swimming pool, this beach is very similar in dimension to a manmade pool. Its crystal clear waters are only knee to waist deep making it the perfect spot for a relaxing dip.
Little Parakeet Bay
Wander down from the large, open waters of Parakeet Bay to find Little Parakeet Bay. This secluded, wind protected beach is the perfect place for swimming and snorkelling. Little Parakeet has calm, shallow waters that are ideal for young children.
One of the largest and most popular beaches in Rottnest is Geordie Bay. Conveniently located near the Geordie Bay Café and Geordie Bay General Store, this beach is in prime location.
Aside from the beauty of the amazing waters on Rotto, they also have many other attractions for visitors.
Pedal & Flipper have you covered for all your activities with hire equipment for surfing, snorkelling, stand-up paddle boarding and even a bit of beach cricket. Why not hire a tennis racket and hit the free tennis courts around the island?
Take a visit to Thompson Bay to check out the Just 4 Fun Aqua Park. Jump on giant inflatable water slides and see-saws. The aqua park is open to all ages making it perfect for the whole family.
If you’re feeling a bit daring, try Western Australia’s only island skydive experience, Skydive Geronimo. Enjoy a scenic flight over Rottnest as you head toward your chosen jump height before you plunge 10,000-15,000ft back to land. Celebrate the amazing experience with a complimentary drink after your big jump.
There are plenty of other activities on the island including Golf and Archery Tag. Check out what’s on offer to make the most of your visit.
The one thing you can’t leave Rotto without
Whatever you do you can’t leave Rottnest without taking a selfie with a Quokka. Get your ultimate holiday pic with Rottnest’s famous marsupials, which roam wild around the island. You can take a free guided walk around their natural habitat and learn some interesting facts about the Quokka, or simply wait for them to appear at your doorstep in the late afternoon.
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