Right now it has never been cheaper to travel to Rottnest Island so why not plan a family day trip?

Book a trip with SeaLink Rottnest and children aged 12 and under can travel to Rottnest for free for the day. Plus from now until late April 2021, the island is also introducing the ‘Happiest Happy Hour’ with no $19.50 island admission fee per adult for same-day trips after 2pm.

SeaLink Rottnest also offer great adult fares to the island for only $49 (including Government Admission Fee) all day, every day. Or travel after 2pm for just $35!

There is plenty of things to do and see on Rottnest Island without having to jump on a bicycle.

Here’s our round of up of ways to explore Rottnest on foot.

Take a Quokka Selfie

You’ll find Quokkas EVERYWHERE! There is no danger of not spotting one. There are even special gates on all the entrances of the shops in The Settlement to stop them getting in.  They are very friendly and normally more than happy to pose for a selfie.

Rottnest Quokka

Quokka Rottnest

Swim at the Basin

The Basin is an easy, flat, 1km walk from the Settlement. This stunning swimming spot is perfect for kids. During the summer months, you can hire beach umbrellas, chairs and small beach toys from Rotto Shade Hire which is located at The Basin.

The Basin Rottnest

Enjoy a leisurely lunch at one of the many restaurants in the Settlement

There are several family-friendly restaurants located in the Settlement including Dome, Thomsons and the new kid on the block – Lontara at Samphire Resort which we loved for its Bali vibes.

Lontara Rottnest Lontara Rottnest


If you are looking for a more casual bite to eat there are several options available from the Rottnest Bakery to Subway, to The Lane and Geordies Cafe.

Visit Wadjemup Museum

The Wadjemup Museum is a place for visitors to explore and learn Rottnest Island’s rich history. Walk around the newly renovated museum and discover a range of exhibits including 40,000-year-old artefacts, vintage postcards, contemporary artworks, and incredible outdoor sculptures.

Wadjemup Museum

Have fun at Aquaplay

Located next to the main jetty, Aquaplay is a new water adventure playground, offering sea-bike tours, pedal-board and stand-up paddleboard hire, plus water bikes and a giant inflatable roller for kids.

Play Mini Golf or Watch a Movie

Head to Rottnest Movies and Mini Golf for a day jammed packed with fun and excitement. Whether you’re in the mood to get some energy out in their ground trampolines or want to sit back and relax and watch the latest movie, at Rottnest Movies and Mini Golf, they truly have it all!

Visit a Playground

There are a few small playgrounds on Rottnest Island. The largest is the one located next to Thomson’s Restaurant in Thomsons Bay which is covered by shade sails. Next to the Rottnest bakery, you’ll also find a large rope climbing frame.

rottnest playground

Book a Snorkel and Sail Turn with Charter 1

Sail to beautiful bays on the iconic 12.5m catamaran ‘Capella’ with Charter 1. Snorkel, interact with marine life, kayak, SUP or ride in the huge cargo net! The tour departs from Rottnest Island Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday at 12:30pm and Thursday at 9:30am. Duration 2.5 – 3 hours. Cost: Adult $145, Child $90. Read the Buggybuddys review

Charter 1 Fremantle

Take a trip on the Island Explorer Hop On / Hop Off Bus

Enjoy the island at your own pace with this scenic bus tour, jumping on and off at 19 different stops including the famous beaches, bays and attractions. Stop to climb the Wadjemup Lighthouse, visit West End or just relax and take in the spectacular views from the comfort of your seat. Read the Buggybuddys review

Rottnest Bus

Have we missed your favourite thing to do when visiting Rottnest Island? Tell us about it in the comment below.

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About Jennie McNichol

Jennie McNichol is the Co-Founder and Editor of Buggybuddys. She moved to Perth in 2010 after 11 years of living in London, working in the television industry for the BBC. She is the mother of two daughters aged 12 and 10 and loves the family-friendly lifestyle that Perth has to offer.

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