From fishing and swimming to BBQs on the beach or sundowners overlooking some of the best views in Western Australia, Rottnest Island has it all. Here is how to make the most of your time on the island and make this friends’ trip one you’ll remember for a long time!
Cycling is the best way to explore the island at your own pace. There’s nothing quite like cycling along the wide-open road, amongst vibrant green bushland, with birdlife overhead. Every corner you turn reveals a new, sparkling blue ocean vista – guaranteed to put a smile on your face! You can bring your own bikes to Rottnest or hire them from Pedal & Flipper on the Island. So, saddle up and race your mates to the best beach!
Rottnest Island has 63 beaches and 20 bays, with fine, white sand and crystal clear waters surrounded by protected coral reefs which make them perfect for snorkelling and swimming. Check out our favourite snorkelling spots here and start planning an epic day of beach fun with your besties.
If you and your pals want to get out onto the water, hire a boat from Boating West and explore the magnificent ocean around Rottnest Island. You can hire boats from 4.2m to 6m, for half or a full day. Enjoy a spot of fishing or just enjoy exploring some of the secret bays and beaches of the Island like the glorious Fish Hook Bay, which is only accessible by boat.
If you are a group of diving fans, you’re in luck. Although Rottnest may be best known for its snorkelling, it’s also an absolute haven for diving too. The diversity of fish, coral species and shipwrecks in the waters around Rottnest Island make it one of the most fascinating dive sites to be found in such close proximity to a capital city.
Rottnest Island is an amazing place for recreational fishing thanks to the abundant marine wildlife. The seagrass meadows around Rottnest serve as a nursery for juveniles of many fish species, such as the cobbler and long-headed flathead – so bring your rod and settle in for a day of fishing with your friends and catch your supper! To maintain a sustainable supply of fish for the future, please always follow our fishing guidelines (PDF 3MB).
Explore Rottnest Island’s breathtaking scenery and natural beauty on your own revolutionary set of wheels with a Segway Tour! Your mates will love this exciting, eco-friendly adventure. Riding a Segway is easy to learn and you’ll quickly be on your way to experiencing the previously hard-to-reach corners of Western Australia’s iconic island.
Fancy getting the adrenaline pumping and doing something really cool with your friends? What about a skydive? With Skydive Geronimo you can do a tandem skydive from 15,000 feet over stunning Rottnest Island, land on the beach, and afterwards enjoy a complimentary drink to celebrate!
During the summer months, Aquaplay Rottnest, a giant inflatable adventure playground is an absolute haven for the young at heart! You can also hire sea-bikes, pedal-boards and stand-up paddle boards here so everyone can have some fun in the water.
No visit to Rottnest is complete without greeting the adorable island residents – the quokkas! You won’t be able to resist these cute little marsupials, especially when they put on their cheekiest smiles for the cameras. It’s no wonder they’ve been called the “happiest animal in the world”! Remember to always keep a reasonable distance for their safety, and yours.
Fancy a little time on the green whilst you’re here? Rottnes Island Golf Course is one of the island’s best kept secrets. Boasting nine quality golf holes, the fully irrigated grass greens, tees and fairways pave the way for one of Western Australia’s most unique golfing experiences.
Lace up your boots and explore Rottnest Island following one of the many walk trails that criss-cross the island. The Wadjemup Bidi will take you across spectacular coastal headlands, past stunning lakes ,and natural and man-made attractions. Wadjemup Bidi is 45 kilometres of trails made up of five sections, each boasting culturally and environmentally significant landmarks to appreciate and experience.
There are countless options for food and drink on Rottnest, from delicious bakery goodies (best enjoyed beachside with a fresh coffee) and takeaway sandwiches to the finest locally caught seafood and classic fish and chips. Whether you’re looking for a lazy lunch, sundowner cocktail or to settle in for an afternoon of grazing and sampling some WA beers, there’s somewhere to suit any group!