Rottnest Island is located just outside of Perth. Now I don’t know yet what’s there, so first of all I need to sort out how to get there. Two ferries services are available: Ferry Options are the Rottnest Express Ferry, departing from Perth, and Rottnest Fast Ferries, departing from Hillarys, just north of Perth. In these two tables I am comparing the services, to decide which one is the best for my needs. Just for clarity: all the prices are updated as of today (14/11/2015).
|Perth, Barrack St||8:30||10:15||$81.00||$30||$111||$81|
|Note: the 18$ fee it is charged by the governement, for more information look up this page. It doesn’t appear on the Rottnest Express Ferry table because these 18$ are already included in the price.|
Riding Rottnest Island
Rottnest Island is quite small and it is easy to ride by bike. The length of the island is just 11km and the width is approx. 4.5 km on the widest point. From Thomson Bay, which is where the ferry leaves you off, these are the riding times:
|Location Activity Approx||Distance||Approx Riding time from Settlement|
|The Basin Swimming||1km||5 mins|
|Geordie Bay Swimming / Shops||2km||10 mins|
|Parker Point Swimming / Snorkelling||5km||20 mins|
|Salmon Bay Swimming / Snorkelling||5km||20 mins|
|Wadjemup Lighthouse Views||5km||20 mins|
|West End/Cape Vlamingh Views||10km||50 mins|
Rottnest Island Map
Which Bike Hire?
On the island there are a lot of bike hire available. You can hire from the ferry services as well as some of the hires on the island. The most interesting for me are:
|Name||Services offered||Price and info|
|Bike and Bus Operates 7 days a week||
My opinion: This one might be a good option if you feel tired and you don’t really want to ride all the way.
|Adults $45; Child $30; Concession $40; includes Bike Bus and our collection service.
Phone (08) 9292 5105.
|Rottnest Island Pedal & Flipper||
My opinion: This one might be a good option to enjoy the island without any hassle. The price according to their website (available here) is 30$, and $3 for the helmet for an adult. For the electrical bike the price for a day is $60.
|Open 8:30am – 4:00pm every day.
Phone (08) 9292 5105 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
At this point the next step it is go!