Golf Lover’s Day Trip to Rottnest Island


We’ve put together the ultimate sports lover’s guide for a day trip to Rottnest Island.

 The Details

  • Duration: one day
  • Transport: Ferry from Perth and on foot.


  • 9 holes of golf
  • Barefoot bowls
  • Tennis
  • Iconic food and beverage experiences



Catch a morning ferry from Hillarys, Perth or Fremantle and enjoy the fresh sea air as you make the quick commute to Rottnest Island. Take in the turquoise waters and stunning island vista as you arrive at Thomson Bay.

 Wander from the jetty through the Settlement and, if you skipped breakfast, grab a takeaway coffee and pastry from The Bakery, The Lane Café or Frankie’s on Rotto. From here, continue walking along Somerville Drive past the Police Station and Nursing Post and you’ll soon see the sign for Karma Golf and Rottnest Island Public Golf Course on your left. Follow the footpath for 300 metres and you’ll have the Clubhouse in your sights (don’t forget to shut the gates to protect the Quokkas from stray golf balls!).

Check in at the Clubhouse, hire a set of clubs, and a golf cart if you’d prefer to drive the course. You can choose to play 9 holes or 18 by playing the course twice. There’s a putting green to get some practice in before your game.

Enjoy the tranquillity of the course and keep an eye out for the natural creek water hazards in winter.


On return to the Clubhouse, enjoy a cold beer and, if you’re up for it and fancy a further sporting challenge, hire a set of bowls and have a barefoot bowls play-off. Or, bring your rackets and have a hit on Bathurst’s  tennis courts just a 5-minute walk from the Clubhouse – follow the signs to Bathurst Lighthouse. Alternatively, you can hire rackets and purchase tennis balls from Pedal & Flipper.

You’ll have an appetite by now and there are plenty of great options. The closest to the course is Pinky’s Beach Club at Discovery Rottnest Island, where you can sit out on a nice day and enjoy some share plates and top drops. For something more casual, head back to the Settlement and take the back road to Karma Resort where you’ll find Gov’s Sports Bar tucked in behind the property. Enjoy live sport on TV, pool, darts, and tasty pub favourites with a lively atmosphere.

You also can’t go wrong with a pint and a half kilo of prawns at Hotel Rottnest with its iconic beer garden, or book into the new Lontara at Samphire Rottnest for an Asian-inspired lunch.

Wander back to the main jetty for your late afternoon ferry home.

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