Need to Know Before You Go

About Rottnest Island

Rottnest… WA’s most beautiful island is just 18 kilometres off Perth’s coastline, and a lightning fast ocean crossing in air-conditioned comfort on our high speed ferry.

The island, 11km long and 4.5km at its widest point, is an A-Class reserve enjoying a semi-arid Mediterranean style climate with stunning coral reefs, crystal clear waters and unique wildlife. Rottnest boasts pristine bays and secluded beaches, some of the finest in the world, and has a unique style of architecture dating back to the 1800’s. No matter how you spend your time at Rottnest, you are sure to be amazed by what the island has to offer.

From day trips to overnight accommodation packages or exploring Rottnest by yourself, Rottnest Fast Ferries has your island experience covered. Departing Hillarys Boat Harbour daily, we offer a variety of travel times and tour options to accommodate your perfect day out.

disabled Our vessel, MV Seaflyte, is wheelchair and pram accessible for items with a width of up to 88cm. Once on the island, the main settlement (small shops, cafes and restaurants) is also accessible by wheelchair and we recommend contacting the Rottnest Island Visitor Centre on 9372 9732 to see what island tours would best suit you.

(Click on Rottnest Maps below to enlarge)

Rottnest Island

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Rottnest Island Settlement


 Getting to Hillarys Boat Harbour

Public Transport

From the Perth CBD, catch the train travelling North on the Joondalup/Clarkson line. From there you can get off at Greenwood Train Station and catch the number 456 bus to Hillarys Boat Harbour which departs the train station every 20-30mins. Please note this bus will not get you to Hillarys in time for our 7:30am departure on weekends and public holidays.

It is always best to allow yourself plenty of time when catching public transport, and it is a good idea to check the Transperth website for service disruptions on your date of travel.

Private Transport

Hillarys Boat Harbour is approximately 20mins drive north of the Perth CBD. Once on the Mitchell Freeway, drive north until you reach the Hepburn Avenue exit where you turn left, and continue towards the coast – Hillarys Boat Harbour is at the end of Hepburn Ave. Free parking is available on the south side of the Harbour.

See map below for our ticket office and departure point within the Harbour.



Courtesy Coach Transfers

Don’t have a car? Free coach transfers are available from your hotel to the ferry terminal at Hillarys Boat Harbour. Please note that bookings at least 24 hours in advance are essential for coach pick ups.

7:30am Ferry Courtesy Coach Transfers

Pick Up Point Pick Up Time

  • Beatty Lodge 6:20am
  • Billabong Backpackers 6:20am
  • Coolibah Lodge 6:20am
  • Great Southern Hotel (frmly Ibis Styles) 6:30am
  • Britannia International YHA 6:30am
  • Perth City YHA 6:30am
  • Rendezvous Scarborough 6:45am
  • Karrinyup Waters Resort 6:55am

10:00am Ferry Courtesy Coach Transfers

Pick Up Point Pick Up Time

  • Beatty Lodge 7:40am
  • Crown Metropol (Main Entrance)7:50am
  • Billabong Backpackers 7:55am
  • Coolibah Lodge 7:55am
  • Great Southern Hotel (frmly Ibis Styles) 8:00am
  • Britannia International YHA8:00am
    • Pan Pacific 8:05am
    • Crowne Plaza8:05am
    • Mantra on Hay (Cnr Hay & Bennett) 8:10am
    • Miss Maud’s8:15am
      • Fast Eddies 8:25am
      • Ibis Hotel, Murray St Perth8:25am
      • Across the road from Holiday Inn8:25am
      • Rendezvous Studio Hotel 8:30am
      • Sullivans Hotel 8:35am
      • Mounts Bay Waters Hotel8:35am
        • Rendezvous Scarborough 8:50am
        • Karrinyup Waters Resort8:55am

Luggage Labels & Delivery

The Rottnest Island Authority in conjunction with Rottnest Fast Ferries have introduced a luggage procedure that is designed to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and accuracy of luggage delivery on Rottnest Island.

To have your luggage delivered to your accommodation on the island, luggage labels will need to be purchased from our office at $3.00 per item.

Those who book and pay  seven or more days before their departure date are eligible to purchase luggage labels at a discounted rate of $2.00 per item, and these will be posted out to you free of charge. This allows you to bypass the office completely on the day of departure, and avoid the queue. However these labels must be purchased at the time of the booking to take advantage of the discount, any labels that are purchased within seven days of departure will cost $3.00 each.

Once booked if your travel arrangements change then new luggage labels will need to be re-issued at your departure point for an additional surcharge. Please see our staff prior to departure if you need to change your labels.

Items that cannot be delivered:
Unlabelled/ incorrectly labelled luggage – please check with staff prior to departure.
Sporting equipment (including bikes, surfboards, golf clubs etc.) – sporting equipment incurs a freight charge which will need to be organised either when booking, or at our office prior to departure.

Maximum Dimensions for Luggage Delivery:
Please also be aware that because of health and safety regulations, the following restrictions apply to any one item:

Maximum weight = 22kg
Maximum dimensions = 80cm x 50cm x 40cm

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