Rottnest Fast Ferries is proudly Rottnest’s only locally owned and operated ferry company, owned and operated by its two Directors, James Mulholland and Luke Crispin, together they bought Rottnest Fast Ferries in December 2012 after both working in the company prior. James and Luke hold Master Class IV (trading) and Marine Engine Driver Grade One Certificates, which allow them to work as Master or Engineer on our vessels.
Rottnest Fast Ferries provides daily transfer service between Hillarys Boat Harbour and Rottnest Island in Perth, Western Australia. The transfer takes approximately 40 minutes, showcasing Perth’s scenic Sunset Coast as the vessels travel south towards Scarborough before heading out to the island. Hillarys Boat Harbour is Perth’s premier recreational marina, located roughly 20 minutes north of Perth CBD, along the Sunset Coast. Hillarys Boat Harbour has ample free parking facilities making Rottnest Fast Ferries the only ferry operator able to offer free parking.
Rottnest Island, an A Class Reserve located 19kms off the coast of Perth, is a popular destination for Perth locals and tourists. 11km long and 4.5km at its widest point, Rottnest boasts a semi-arid Mediterranean style climate, pristine bays and beaches, decades of history, and is home to the quokka, a small marsupial most popularly known for its smiling face and the ‘quokka selfie’ trend.
Rottnest Fast Ferries offers customers day tours and equipment hire packages that are customized to their interests. Rottnest Fast Ferries owns a fleet of 200 custom built bikes (purchased in December 2019), which are hired out to customers for use at both Rottnest Island and around Hillarys Boat Harbour. Rottnest Fast Ferries also maintains 60 sets of snorkeling equipment perfect for exploring bays around Rottnest. Click here to see all our packages.
Rottnest Fast Ferries owns and operates two coaches, these coaches are used for a courtesy pick up and drop off service for guests staying in accommodation in Perth City, Burswood, Northbridge and Scarborough. Click here to see our full pick up list.
In 2020 James and Luke invested in a new vessel, Harbour Master, to elevate the customer experience. Harbour Master is Rottnest Island’s newest and most spacious vessel with multiple decks and seating options, oversized windows and private areas. Learn more about Harbour Master here.
Seasonal Whale Watching cruises operate from early September through to the end of November. This is a popular attraction which sees the annual migratory path of the Humpback whales. All cruises are accompanied by a marine biologist host, providing live commentary to educate and entertain customers. Learn more about our Whale Watching cruises here.