Ultimate Sports Weekender on Rottnest Island

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Enjoy the fresh sea air and a relaxed golfing getaway just a short ferry ride from the city with this overnight itinerary. 

 The Details

  • Duration: two days
  • Transport: Ferry from Perth, on foot and cycle.


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


Day 1

Catch a morning or lunchtime 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. You’ve got the option to bring your own bike or hire one from your ferry operator or Pedal and Flipper. Your luggage will be delivered from the ferry to your accommodation so you can get started on your sporting adventure straight away. 

 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 while you debrief on the game or 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. 

Grab any groceries you might need from the Rottnest General Store  and  then  check in to your accommodation, freshen up and head out for a mealthere are plenty of great options. Back towards the golf course is Pinky’s Beach Club at Discovery Rottnest Island where you can sit out on the lawn for sunset drinks and dinner.  Alternatively, head to Hotel Rottnest and enjoy a pizza or bucket of fresh prawns in the iconic beer garden, or book into the new Lontara at Samphire Rottnest for an Asian inspired menu.  

Day Two

Hop on your bike for an early morning bike ride to the Wadjemup Lighthouse and onto Geordies Café and Art Gallery for breakfast Once you’re refuelled, head back to your accommodation, freshen up, check out and cycle or walk back to the Golf Club for a new challenge – barefoot bowls. Bowls can be hired at the Clubhouse.  

 If bowls isn’t your thing, bring your racquets and have a hit at the synthetic Bathurst Tennis Courts, just a 5 minute walk from the Clubhouse – follow the signs to Bathurst Lighthouse. 

 If yesterday’s activities left you lagging, book in for a massage at Karma Spa back in the Settlement while the others are bowling.  

Grab a bite at Thomsons or the Dome Café  before your afternoon return ferry transfer to Perth. 

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