See & Do

Updated on July 8, 2021

Free Walking tours
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Meet the Quokkas 
  • 20 or 45 min
  • Watch and learn about the island icon
Pioneers and Prisoners
  • 45 min
  • Visit Settlement’s historic buildings
Reefs, Wrecks and Daring Sailors
  • 45 min
  • Tales of sailors on scenic walk to Bathurst Lighthouse
Salt, Settlers and Survivors
  • 45 min, 1 km walk
  • Visit Settlement’s old colonial buildings heading to Vlamingh Lookout
Whitecaps and Wilderness Tour
  • 30 to 45 min
  • Learn about the unique Rottnest fauna, flora and geology
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Snorkel & Sailing Tour
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Several aquatic activities included (Swim, snorkel, kayak, stand-up paddle…)

Visit bays and secluded locations not accessible by foot or deep hulled boats

Includes Snorkeling equipment (fins and masks)

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Mediterranean climate
Slightly cooler in summer and warmer in winter than in Perth

Average water temperature:
19º C (winter) – 23ºC (summer)

Spring: September, October and November
Summer: December, January and February
Autumn: March, April and May
Winter: June, July and August

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It’s the sweetest animal on the face of the earth and very photogenic for a selfie on Instagram.

It is a small marsupial mostly nocturnal (usually sleeps during the day), which interacts with humans and has become the best-known symbol of the island’s wildlife.

❗ It’s forbidden to feed the Quokkas. If you do this, you can be fined and put the lives of these small animals at risk 


  • Stay away from cliff edges
  • Beware of snakes in terrestrial areas
  • Always carry adequate supplies of water
  • Use sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Only swim between the red and yellow flags


  • Rottnest Island is informally known as Rotto
  • Sea level rise will have separated the island about 7000 years ago
  • The limestone coral reef has begun to form 100,000 years and is fed by the warm Leeuwin Current
  • The island consists of 6 main habitats: coastal, salt lakes, brackish swamps, woodlands, heath and settled areas
  • The island has 19 square kilometres and about 300 resident inhabitants and received more than 850,000 visitors in 2019
  • Rottnest Island is an ‘A’ Class Reserve