Things to see & do on Rottnest Island
The Best Skydiving In Perth WA – Plus So Much More
Apart from the best skydiving in Australia (we think!), there is so much to do on the Island, that your spectators will enjoy the trip as much as you do. Ride a bike around the island, get a famous #quokkaselfie or relax on one of the islands’ world famous beaches. Enjoy your adrenaline-fuelled visit to Rottnest Island as part of a day trip from Perth, or an accommodated stay – the choice is yours!
Here are some of our top things to do on Rottnest Island
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Take an off-road Segway Tour of Rottnest Island
This adventure takes you off-road to some of Rottnest’s most amazing places following a brief training session. We’ll let you get to know your Segway in our off-road experience area before embarking of an amazing tour, delving into the military heritage of Rottnest and its pivotal role in the defence of Fremantle Harbour. Learn how important Rottnest Island was in defence strategy during World War II. You’ll also have time to appreciate the pristine coastline and natural environment during your tour, pausing for photographs along the way.
Free Guided Walking Tour
The Rottnest Voluntary Guides Association offer a fascinating and educational range of free guided walking tours that for all visitors to enjoy. These tours depart regularly from the Meeting Post, located outside the Salt Store in the main settlement. Tour days and times can also be found on the signs beside the meeting point or inside your current Island Guide (available at the Island Visitor Centre).
Hire a Bike
Discover Rottnest Island by bicycle and experience over 63 beaches and 20 bays as you explore this unique A Class Reserve. Cycling is environmentally friendly and a fun recreational activity for all ages. As Rottnest Island has essentially no cars, cycling is one of the best ways to get around the Island.
Rottnest Cruises Wild Seafood Experience
Live like a Rottnest millionaire on Rottnest Cruises’ Wild Seafood Experience – a decadent ‘sea to plate’ crayfishing tour on a luxury charter boat.
You’ll cruise out to the pots enjoying local sparkling wine and canapes then you’ll help the crew catch your lobster for lunch from one of their pots, then see it cooked in front of you within a fresh, local West Australian seafood banquet while the boat pulls up in one of Rottnest’s iconic bays. Here, along with at least half a lobster, you’ll enjoy live oysters freshly shucked for you, fresh caught crab, marinated octopus, sashimi salmon, seafood skewers, plus hot and cold side dishes and a palate cleansing dessert (menu may have seasonal variations).
This comes along with complimentary local sparkling and still wines, beer and soft drink served throughout your trip. Don’t forget to bring your swimming gear if you want to float off the marlin board!
Oliver Hill Gun & Tunnel Tour
Oliver Hill is located close to the centre of Rottnest Island and features a military remnants from World War II including a 9.2 inch gun and maze of underground tunnels.
Enjoy a train ride from the Settlement Railway Station to Oliver Hill on the Island’s 64-seat Captain Hussey train, where you can admire the beauty of the Island’s south-side. Enjoy a Mini Island Tour taking in highlights of the island’s south-side on the way to inspect the restored World War II 9.2 inch gun and maze of underground tunnels. Find out why guns were installed on Rottnest Island and how they operated.
Get a Selfie with a Quokka
Rottnest Island’s famous marsupial, the Quokka, can be seen around the Island particularly in the mid to late afternoon. During the autumn and winter months (March to August) young joeys may be seen peaking from their mothers’ pouch and come spring (September to November), bravely hopping around exploring their new world.
Join the craze and get a selfie with a quokka!
Read the guide on how to take the perfect #quokkaselfie
Snorkel with 135 species of tropical fish
Protected by several marine sanctuary zones, Rottnest Island is home to 135 species of tropical fish as compared to the eleven species recorded off the metropolitan coastline. The tropical current often brings visitors to our waters such as the Green turtle. Watch for stingrays which often cruise the shallows of Thomson Bay.