The perfect romantic escape on Rottnest Island

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With incredible romantic vistas around every corner, Rottnest is the perfect place for lovers. Whether you want to relax and recharge, indulge in a gourmet feast or get active together, the perfect romantic escape on Rottnest Island is only a short ferry ride away.

Here are some of our favourite ways to impress someone with a romantic escape to the island.

Picturesque picnics 

Sometimes back to basics with some old school romance is the way to go. Think a picnic, a secluded bay and a priceless view.

Pack a basket and blanket then head to the General Store to stock up on goodies for your very own grazing style lunch (there’s a store in The Settlement and at Geordie Bay). If you prefer to get something ready-made, you can always stop off at The Rottnest Bakery or the Lane Café for fresh rolls and sweet treats to go.

Once you’re loaded up with your gourmet feast, head off either on your bikes or catch the Island Explorer Bus. With 63 beaches and 20 bays to choose from, you’re guaranteed to find a dreamy spot for just the two of you.

Sunset cocktails 

Nothing says romance like a delicious cocktail paired with a stunning view. Head to Lontara for one of their creative concoctions and enjoy with your toes dipped in the sand as you overlook Thomson Bay . We love the East 2 West, featuring the sweetness of apricot brandy, sourness of yuzu and subtle notes of native currant and rosemary. And if you’re around during sunset, Pinky’s Beach Club is the place to be. Order a famous Pinky’s Spritz and toast the sun as it melts into the ocean. Watch as the ocean turns to liquid gold and we guarantee you’ll feel the love.

Secluded accommodation

If you’re turning your romantic adventure into an overnighter, there are lots of accommodation options to help elevate your date day into a full-blown, loved-up mini break! From glamping tents right on the beachfront to luxurious hotel stays, there’s somewhere special waiting for you. Hot tip: check out one of the Ocean View self-contained units. These fully equipped and spacious beachfront units are the perfect setting for a romantic getaway – plus they’re so close to the ocean you could practically toss a pebble into the tranquil waters from your balcony!

Cruise the ocean

Nothing says romance like a boat trip, so hire a boat from Boating West and get out onto the water. Whether you’re the adventurous type who love to go fishing together or just want to explore some of the hidden bays of the island, you’re sure to have a memorable time.

Long walks 

If you like long walks on the beach… you’re pretty much spoilt for choice on Rottnest! With so many beaches to choose from, you’ll find the perfect stretch of sand to wander with your special someone. Salmon Bay is one of the longest bays on the island, so if you want a leisurely stroll with your feet in the waves, this is the place to be. If you’re coming to the island in the cooler months, you can rug up and walk one of the five Wadjemup Bidi walking trails. Each vary in length and will take you through a variety of different landscapes; from lakes and wetlands to spectacular rugged coast and ocean viewing points.

Perfect proposals

We know many people that have decided to pop the question on Rottnest Island, and it’s not hard to see why. There are so many unspoilt, secluded places for that perfect moment. If you’re looking to ask the big question, there are heaps of special spots to choose from on the island and you’re bound to find one that’s just right for you.

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