Home to some of the finest beaches in the world, Rottnest is your ideal Island getaway.
Located 19km off the coast of Western Australia, the Island is just 25 minutes from Perth’s city and feels a million miles from everything. Rediscover life’s simple pleasures as you follow a sandy track, run barefoot through the waves and discover intriguing wildlife, including our resident (and very friendly) quokkas; the cute marsupials that the Island is world-famous for (dubbed by Huffington Post as the ‘happiest animal on earth’).
As a stunning natural A-class reserve, the Island is essentially a car-free zone, with bicycles the most common mode of transport. Scenic joy rides of the Island can by enjoyed by air, eco boat or a hop-on, hop off bus service that tours the perimeter of the Island. If you prefer to explore by foot, traverse the Island’s unique landscapes along the Wadjemup Bidi; a series of walk trails that will take you across spectacular coastal headlands, past stunning inland lakes and encounter both natural and man-made attractions along the way.
Surrounded by the sparkling Indian Ocean, choose from a smorgasbord of coastal activities. Snorkel through vibrant coral reefs protected by marine sanctuary zones, dive among shipwrecks, fish for delicious local seafood or surf some of Western Australia’s best breaks. With a choice of over 63 pristine beaches and 20 secluded bays, it’s not hard to discover a secluded beach to enjoy all by yourself! The Basin is a clear favourite amongst Island visitors as it’s famous for its limestone formations which form a natural swimming pool and underwater snorkelling playground!
For the adrenalin junkies out there, why not see the Island from a new perspective? Take in the stunning sites as you skydive from 15,000ft, land on a spectacular beach and then head to Hotel Rottnest for a celebratory drink! If that’s too much for some, opt for an off-road Segway tour to explore the Island’s majestic scenery and natural beauty on your own revolutionary set of wheels.
Golf lovers can challenge mates on the unique 9-hole golf course, or bring the kids over for a game of mini golf at the Family Fun Park. After a big day, relax and pamper yourself with day spa facilities, poolside tapas menus, wine dinners and relaxing beachside accommodation. Enjoy accommodation with magnificent ocean views and absolute beach frontage, or stay in comfortable, budget-friendly cabins, bungalows, the hostel or campgrounds.
Come and see for yourself why Rottnest Island was voted ‘Top Destination to Experience in Australia’ in the 2014 Experience Oz poll.
This article was in partnership with Rottnest Island