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Rottnest Island Ferry & Bus Tour from Perth or Fremantle

Product ID: 25050
Take on Rottnest Island on a day trip from Perth or Fremantle. Includes same-day roundtrip ferry transfers to the island, a 1.5-hour discovery bus tour around the island, and gives you time to explore the island at your leisure.
About this activity
Duration: 9 hours - 1 day
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide

Pickup optional

Courtesy coach transfers can be arranged from the following selected hotels subject to availability at time of booking: • Great Southern Hotel 7:15 AM • Ibis Hotel 7:30 AM • Hilton Hotel (Parmelia) 7:35 AM • Crown Metropol 7:55 AM • Mantra on Hay 8:05 AM • Crowne Plaza Hotel 8:06 AM • Hyatt Hotel 8:07 AM • Pan Pacific Hotel 8:15 AM • Travelodge Hotel 8:19 AM • Mercure Hotel 8:20 AM Hotel pickups only accepted for bookings made 24 hours before departure. Contact local operator to confirm exact pickup address and pickup time.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Spend the day at Rottnest Island with ferry transfers from Perth or Fremantle
  • Explore the island on a 1.5-hour discovery bus tour with a local guide
  • Get an insight into Rottnest's cultural and historical heritage, its diverse animal and plant life and its rich social history
  • Stop at all the spectacular locations on the Island like secluded bays, beaches, and Wadjemup Lighthouse
Full description
Enjoy a full-day adventure to Rottnest Island with ferry transfers from Perth or Fremantle, a 1.5-hour discovery bus tour, and free time to explore. 

When booking, select your ferry departure location, either Perth or Fremantle. From Perth, you’ll enjoy a scenic 1-hour cruise with live commentary along the Swan River to Fremantle before heading to the island. Alternatively, join the ferry at Fremantle for just the 25-minute ride to Rottnest Island. 

Then embark on a 1.5-hour discovery bus tour where you will circumnavigate the whole Island and see all of its great sites and views. Relax on the air conditioned bus and enjoy the beauty and splendor of Rottnest Island's natural landscape. The passionate and knowledgeable guides will share with you all the best stories of the Island. It has a rich cultural and social history and you will get their expert interpretation. 

After your tour, you have free time on the island to explore independently. You could perhaps rent a bike (at your own cost) or go swimming off one of the white-sand beaches before catching the return ferry back to Perth or Fremantle.
  • English speaking guide
  • Rottnest Island admission fee
  • Pick-up available from selected Perth and Fremantle hotels when booked 24 hours in advance and confirmed with the local supplier
  • Roundtrip ferry transfers from Perth or Fremantle
  • Swan River Cruise with commentary (from Perth only)
  • 90-minute Discovery Coach Tour
  • Buffet lunch, if option selected
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Meals and drinks (unless buffet lunch selected)

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meeting point varies depending on option booked.

Important information
Know before you go
• Ferry tickets valid for same-day return
• Hotel pickup must be booked at least 24 hours in advance and confirmed directly with the local supplier
• Rottnest Island admission fee of $18.50 for adults and $7.00 for children included
• Bus tour wheelchair accessible, please notify local operator after booking
• Limited paid parking available near Barrack St Jetty (Perth departure) or Victoria Quay (Fremantle Departure)
• Complimentary pick-up and drop off is available from selected Perth and Fremantle hotels, subject to availability, and must be pre-booked via phone
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 158 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.4 / 5
  • Organization
    4.3 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.3 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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The Rottnest Express is the best ferry to get from Freo and the 90 minute Discovery Bus Tour is the best to see the whole island in a half day. If you want to spend a whole day with more time at different points around the Island the hop-on hop-off bus would be better, and cycling is gruelling on a hot day. The Discovery Tour Bus goes up to the lighthouse but it’s a demanding walk from the Hop-on bus stop.

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February 26, 2020

This company runs such a fantastic service. Damian the boat captain and bus tour operator really value adds to this experience with his insights and knowledge of the area. Very entertaining and informative. Highly recommend boarding at Perth instead of Freemantle so you don't miss out on the Margaret River guided tour and also so you can get better seats as the boat gets very crowded.

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January 8, 2020

Great tour guide with comprehensive information conveyed about Rottnest Island. Ferry ride was spacious and comfortable.

December 25, 2019

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Product ID: 25050