The good thing about winter on Rottnest Island is the lack of crowds. Sure, it’s a year-round destination, but visitor numbers and prices are lower between July and September. Check out these top things to do on Rottnest Island this winter.

Get some pedal power

Bathhurst Lighthouse. Cycling in the winter on Rottnest Island
Pedal Power at Bathhurst Lighthouse

Since there are no cars, biking is one of the most popular modes of transportation. Rent a bike (and snorkel set, if you’re keen to get in the water) at Pedal and Flipper and head out for a day-long cycling adventure. Stop into the many bays and beaches for enviable travel photos or a barefoot stroll. Be sure to make time for a stop at Cathedral Rocks to gawk at the fur seal colony too.

Meet a quokka (or 12)

A baby Quokka on Rottnest Island in the winter
Cheeky little Quokka

Want to see the adorable little marsupials that are famous for taking great selfies? Just hang out by the Rottnest Bakery (and while you’re there, grab a jam-fill donut…so good). Quokkas are all over the island so you won’t have to look far to see them. Visiting Rottnest Island in winter means you may see baby quokkas poking their tiny heads out of mum’s pouch. The quokkas are cute and friendly, but please remember that they are wild animals. Do not pick them up. Do not cuddle them. And please, do not feed them.

Skydive, of course

Skydiving over Rottnest Island in the Winter
Rottnest Island Skydive

Okay, we’re biased, we know. But a tandem skydive over Rottnest Island is not just another skydive, and Skydive Geronimo is unlike any other commercial skydiving company. We offer boutique-level service, which means you’re not just another number in a long queue of waiting passengers. Couple that with island feels and stunning visuals for one of the most thrilling adventures of your life. We may be biased, but it’s because we are confident enough to say a jump over Rottnest is truly breathtaking, from start to finish.

Glam it up

Winter at Discovery Parks Eco Retreat at Pinky's Beach on Rottnest Island
Pinky’s Bay

Rottnest’s newest accommodation offering is Discovery Parks Eco Retreat at Pinky’s Beach featuring 83 “glamping” tents. Choose from a variety of “glamorous” eco-tents to suit every budget. Since opening in March 2019, the gorgeous tents have welcomed several high-profile and celebrity guests. Who knows, you may get to sleep in the same bed that Chris Hemsworth did.

There’s really no need to know what’s happening on Rottnest Island because there’s always something great to do, even if that means doing nothing at all.