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Only 11 km long and 4.5 km at it’s widest point, the local Aboriginal people knew the Island as “Wadjemup”, thought to have the meaning “land across the water”. The Island was named late in 1696 by the Dutch explorer Willem de Vlamingh who called it “Rottnest” meaning rats nest, having mistaken the quokkas (see photo) for huge rats.

European settlement quickly changed the landscape of Rottnest, land was cleared and tracks made. Firewood was gathered and the Island was repeatedly burned. Aboriginal prisoners often used fires as an aid in hunting Quokkas.

In the late 1920s the Quokka population was protected and began to soar and grazing heavily on the palatable Acacia rostellifera. The impact of fire and Quokka grazing, resulted in a huge reduction of the Island’s forest cover. This combined with fire and wood collecting reduced the Island remaining naturally forest area to about 7 per cent.

Today the Rottnest Island Authority is actively “re-greening” the Island. with reforestation of the Island’s woodland. Planted areas are protected from Quokkas by fencing, allowing for some areas to regenerate naturally.

Rottnest Island has a unique style of architecture dating back to the 1800’s. It has a history as an Aboriginal penal settlement, a World War I camp for prisoners of war, a place for salt gathering and processing and a World War II military installation.
 

Today, it is well known to the locals as a place for recreation, with some of the best beaches and bays in the world. It was first used by the Governors of Western Australia as a holiday resort between 1848 and 1919.

Check out the Calendar of Events on the government website.

Location: 30 minutes by ferry from Fremantle, or 15 minutes by plane from Perth.

Check out our listing of Rottnest Island accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre

Rottnest Island Authority
‘E’ Shed, Victoria Quay
FREMANTLE WA 6160
Ph: 08 9432 9300 (General Enquiries)
Email (Enquiries)
Ph: 08 9432 9111
Freecall: 1800 111 111 (WA Country Callers)
For Bookings use telephone contact

Rottnest Island Visitor Centre
Located at the end of the Main Jetty
Ph: 08 9372 9732 (Information)
Fax: 08 9372 9755
Email
Web: www.rottnestisland.com

Open
Open 7 days a week 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Hours may vary, contact visitor centre

The visitor centre is located at the end of the jetty and provides a range of maps, brochures, history, tours and attraction information and services. The visitor centre is the check-in point for the Rottnest accommodation. Check-in time is 2 pm.

Those wishing to book accommodation should ring the Central Reservation Office or visit the Rottnest Island Online: https://www.rottnestislandonline.com/

MSN Map of Rottnest Island, Western Australia
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Many tours to nearby popular destinations start from Perth, taking you to places including Fremantle, Swan Valley, Rottnest Island, Pinnacles Desert, Margaret River, Monkey Mia, Ningaloo Reef, Broome.
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Rottnest Air Taxis
• Ph: 1800 500 006 (from Perth or Western Australia)
• Mobile: 0411 264 547 (from the rest of Australia)
• Ph: +61 8 9292 5027 (from other countries)
• Email
• A great way see Rottnest is from the air. Rottnest Air Taxis offer scenic flights and transfers.
Rottnest Express
• C Shed Victoria Quay, FREMANTLE WA 6160
• Toll: 1300 467 688 (Australia) • Ph: +61 8 9430 5844 • Email
• Rottnest Express has been serving the Island for over 50 years. If you are holidaying in Perth, then Rottnest is a must see destination. Rottnest Express have a variety of tour packages available
Rottnest Fast Ferries
• Shop 56, Southside Drv, Hillary's Boat Harbour, HILLARYS WA 6025
• Ph: +61 8 9246 1039 • Email (Reservations) • Email (Schools & Groups)
• Departing from Hillarys Boat Harbour, Rottnest Fast Ferries operates a wide array of Rottnest Island day tours and accommodation packages as well as Whale Watching and Twilight Cruises in season.

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Rottnest Island Transport

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Rottnest Air Taxis
• Ph: 1800 500 006 (from Perth or Western Australia)
• Mobile: 0411 264 547 (from the rest of Australia)
• Ph: +61 8 9292 5027 (from other countries)
• Email
• A great way see Rottnest is from the air. Rottnest Air Taxis offer scenic flights and transfers.
Rottnest Express
• C Shed Victoria Quay, FREMANTLE WA 6160
• Toll: 1300 467 688 (Australia) • Ph: +61 8 9430 5844 • Email
• Rottnest Express has been serving the Island for over 50 years. If you are holidaying in Perth, then Rottnest is a must see destination. Rottnest Express have a variety of tour packages available
Rottnest Fast Ferries
• Shop 56, Southside Drv, Hillary's Boat Harbour, HILLARYS WA 6025
• Ph: +61 8 9246 1039 • Email (Reservations) • Email (Schools & Groups)
• Departing from Hillarys Boat Harbour, Rottnest Fast Ferries operates a wide array of Rottnest Island day tours and accommodation packages as well as Whale Watching and Twilight Cruises in season.

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Rottnest Island Distance

How to get to Rottnest Island
• Rottnest Island is located about 20 km north west off the coast of Fremantle. Ferry operators run services from Hillarys Boat Harbour in the north, Fremantle in the South and Barrack Street Jetty in the city centre. With ferries running 365 days a year, but you can also fly from Jandakot Airport to Rottnest Airport (takes about 30 minutes) with Rottnest Air Taxis. You can also ‘Take your own Boat - Rottnest Island Authority’.

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