Arriving & Moving Around

Updated on July 7, 2021


  • Cheapest way to arrive is by ferry
  • Ferry operators: Rottnest Express, Rottnest Fast Ferries and SeaLink Rottnest Island
  • Departure timetables depend on the operator and season
  • Reserve in advance to secure a seat
  • Air transport services gets more expensive (but it’s a unique and exclusive experience)
  • For single-day excursions from Perth the best option may be a combined ferry ticket (ferry + bike rent or ferry + bus tour)

Ferry options

(B-Shed at Victoria Quay)

  • Fastest option (about a 25 minutes ride)
  • Departure terminal (B-Shed) located behind the train station (which allows connection to the airport)
Buy ticket

Hillarys Boat Harbour
(northern suburbs of Perth)

  • About 45 minutes ride
  • Fewer departure times per day
  • Interesting if you are staying in Perth’s north
Buy ticket

Barrack Street Jetty
(centre of Perth)

  • Most time-consuming option (about 90 minutes)
  • Sails directly from Perth across the Swan River
  • For visitors to Perth it will be a beautiful mini Cruise
  • Most expensive option

Move around

The island is a car-free zone


  • It’s the best (and funniest) way to get around (preferably an electric one)
  • You can rent on the island itself (bike and accessories) or bring your one
  • There are ferry’s that include bike rental, such as this one
  • Pedal & Flipper has over 1890 bikes for rent

Pedal & Flipper daily rental prices
Bike: $30
Bicycle with child bank: $41
Bike with trailer: $51
Electric bike: $61

❗ Helmets are mandatory


  • There is a bus for transport to the accommodations(Geordie Bay, Longreach Bay, Fays Bay and Kingstown Barracks).
    • Ticket can be purchased at the island’s visitor center.
    • You may combine the ferry with a bus tour.
  • You may combine the ferry with a bus tour, such as this one

By foot

  • Settlement’s shops and restaurants are within easy walking distance.
  • You can try one of the free guided walking tours
  • Explore the Wadjemup Bidi walk trails (45 kilometres divided in five sections)
  • Longer walks may require good physical condition.