Rottnest Island is Western Australia’s very own Island getaway, featuring a casual atmosphere, picturesque scenery and some of the world’s finest beaches and bays. Located just 19 kilometres off the coast of Fremantle it’s a special place for locals and a popular destination for interstate and international visitors. Rottnest Island was inhabited by Aboriginal people until rising sea levels separated the island from the mainland about 7,000 years ago; the first records of human occupation of Rottnest Island are from more than 6,500 years ago. The first Europeans took up residence on the Island shortly after the first settlement of the Swan River Colony in 1829. Today Rottnest Island is a relaxed, car free island offering world class beaches and stunning bays, walk trails, swimming, snorkeling, bike riding and enjoying world class cuisine and wine in beautiful, beach side surroundings. Visit www.rottnestisland.com to view deals, book accommodation and to find out what’s on and what to do on the island.