Rottnest Fast Ferries, Hillarys

When popping over to Rottnest for a day trip or holiday from Perth’s north, Rottnest Fast Ferries will get you to the beautiful island in no time. The ferry departure paint is conveniently situated at Hillarys Boat Harbour, right behind The Breakwater. Leaving from Hillarys means that you have FREE all day parking and can grab breakfast or a coffee before your crossing.

Rottnest Fast Ferries, Hillarys

Book online or from the Ferry Booking Office, which is found at Hillary’s Boat Harbour. Many services book out in peak times, so it’s advisable to book online. Some specials are also available from time to time.

Departure times vary, there are three or four departures a day, from about 7.30am to 3pm depending on which day and time of year you’re visiting. If you like to take your own bike to Rotto, or are heading over for an extended stay, you are able to take bikes and luggage with you (weight limits and costs apply). You can also hire bikes and snorkels from Rottnest Fast Ferries to avoid ques at the hire shop on the island when you arrive.

Rottnest Fast Ferries, Hillarys

The Ferry

Passengers may choose to sit wherever they like. If you’re particular about your spot, arrive earlier to be near the front of the queue. Depending on the model of ferry you travel on, there is inside, enclosed seating, which is fully air-conditioned. Some even have tables.

Rottnest Fast Ferries, Hillarys

The seating is clean and comfortable. TV screens show old re-runs of Mr Bean. Little Chef and I agree that’s perfect for passing the time with a few chuckles. And can be a good distraction for kids feeling sea sick.

Rottnest Fast Ferries, Hillarys

If you choose to sit outside, Kids will love having the breeze in their hair! In whale season, the boat’s captain will slow the ferry and point out any whales which are close by.

Rottnest Fast Ferries, Hillarys

There is a fully licensed bar serving tea, coffee alcohol and snacks. The restrooms are very clean too.Friendly crew members are always around to lend a hand and have sick bags if needed. Wheelchair and pram access is dependent on the model of ferry. Some ferries are accessible for wheelchairs up to a width of up to 88cm.

Rottnest Fast Ferries, Hillarys

After a smooth ferry crossing of only 40 minutes, we arrive at Rottnest Jetty, at the main Thompson Bay settlement, The visitor centre is very useful for information on things to do, places to eat and tours to join, is one of the first places you’ll see.

Rottnest Fast Ferries, Hillarys


Find out more on the website

See our guide to things to do on Rottnest Island here.

About Amanda Carlin

Amanda Carlin has her own food and travel blog. Established in 2013, "The Chef, His Wife and Their Perth-fect Life" has enjoyed an exciting name change in 2021, as "The Chef's Ex-wife" embarks on new adventures with Simply PERTHfect. Amanda loves getting out and about in Perth and WA, as well as brunching, tapas or something a little fancy in equal measures. With her son "Little Chef" in tow, Amanda always has plenty of family friendly eating options to recommend too! Be sure to check out Simply PERTHfect.

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