If you need a break from adrenaline-pumping adventure Down Under, there’s no better place to relax and unwind than in the tranquil surroundings of Rottnest Island. Tucked away off the shores of Western Australia, this island idyll is the perfect place to put your feet up and recharge your batteries.
What to see and do on Rottnest Island
Exploring the island
The beauty of Rottnest Island is that you can see and do as much or as little as you like. There’s plenty on offer, but don’t feel guilty if you want to spend a few hours taking in the views and breathing in the crisp ocean air. For those who do want to explore, island tours are an excellent option. You can hike your way from A to B or rest your aching limbs on board a Segway. There are also guided bus tours available. Highlights you should include in your itinerary include Rottnest Island Museum, Oliver Hill Battery and the Salt Store Gallery.
A day at the beach
The beaches and bays are a highlight, and you’ll find extraordinary scenery and pristine white sands. Fish Hook Bay, Geordie Bay and Parker Point are popular spots for day-trippers and tourists hoping to catch some rays and enjoy a dip in the cool blue waters. If you’re a fan of snorkelling, head to Thomson Bay. The shallow waters are bursting with all kinds of weird and wonderful creatures.
Action and adventure
Rottnest Island, or Rotty, as it’s affectionately known by the locals, is a haven for thrill-seekers, as well as those who like to relax and chill out. Here, you can try an abundance of activities, including mountain biking, hiking, bird watching, golf, archery, climbing and of course, surfing. If you’re not already au fait with the national sport, this is a great place to take a few lessons.
Animal lovers won’t be disappointed with the wildlife encounters on offer on Rottnest Island. Head to New Cathedral Rocks to spot the New Zealand fur seals basking in the sunshine or make for West End and keep your eyes peeled for Southern Right whales and Humpbacks. The waters surrounding the island attract more than 30,000 migrating whales each year. Whale watching tours run from May to November. You may also be lucky enough to spot Rotty’s native marsupial, the quokka, on your travels. They are usually most active in the afternoons.