Rottnest Island Destinations

Located just 12 miles off the coast of Fremantle in Western Australia, Rottnest Island is a 7.3-square-mile vacation haven with a unique Mediterranean-like climate, an astounding 63 beaches and 20 bays, and an array of natural attractions. And while the island as a whole may be on the small side, Rottnest Island destinations are surprisingly diverse: The perimeter is ideal for cycling (you can ride the 15 miles around the island in 2.5 hours) and the entire island is an A-Class Nature Reserve allowing for access to all kinds of local flora and fauna (including the docile native quokka, which looks like a tiny kangaroo, as well as dozens of colorful bird species). Water-lovers are in luck, too, as Rottnest Island coastal activities include swimming, snorkeling, diving, sailing, surfing and fishing.

Occupied by Aboriginal peoples for more than 6,500 years, discovered by European explorers in the 17th century and settled in 1829, Rottnest Island has a rich history. It first became a tourist destination in the early 20th century and ever since has been welcoming an average of 500,000 visitors each year. Access is by ferry or air taxi and the only modes of transport once on Rottnest Island are bicycle (the local bike hire is the largest in the Southern Hemisphere, with 1,300 cycles for rent), public bus or foot. The island is laced with walking trails, many of them ideal for bird watching (be on the lookout for ospreys, banded stilts, crested turns, red-capped plovers and more) and other nature-based activities. Rottnest Island tourism delivers what so many places no longer can: a car-free environment where visitors can meander at their own pace while enjoying all that land and sea have to offer.

Thanks to quality beachfront accommodations featuring sophisticated dining, refreshing pools and modern spas, your vacation on Rottnest Island will be a mix of adventure and relaxation. Of course you’ll want to see the island’s most famous residents: the quokkas. These friendly marsupials are about the size of a cat and are so cute you’re guaranteed to leave Rottnest Island with hundreds of photos.

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