Rottnest Island is WA’s very own Island getaway, offering 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.
Known to local Aboriginal people as Wadjemup, which means ‘place of spirits’ in the Whadjuk language, the Island is of significance to Aboriginal communities across the State. Artifacts have been found at a number of sites on Rottnest Island pre-dating 6,500 years, indicating previous Aboriginal occupation of this area prior to the separation of the Island from the mainland. The first Europeans took up residence on the island shortly after the settlement of the Swan River Colony in 1829. Today Rottnest Island is a relaxed, car free island offering world class beaches and stunning bays, casual dining, walk trails, swimming, snorkeling, bike riding, and an abundance of
Rottnest Island has 63 beaches and 20 blissful bays to explore. Visitors and locals alike spend lazy, warm days swimming, snorkeling or bike riding, and balmy evenings with a cold drink over a BBQ. Children play tirelessly, the sun shines endlessly and the relaxed, idyllic island is abuzz with good family friendly cheer.