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 40 minute ocean crossing in air-conditioned comfort on one of our high speed ferries.

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.

For information on your admission fees and ways to maintain the pristine condition of Rottnest Island, click here 

(Click on Rottnest Maps below to enlarge)

Rottnest Island

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Rottnest Island Settlement


Wheelchair & Pram Vessel Access


Some services are wheelchair accessible for items with a width of up to 88cm. Please ensure you let us know at the time of booking if you will be travelling with a wheelchair so we can ensure you travel on a suitable vessel. Failure to notify us of your requirements may result in the service being unavailable on arrival at the ferry terminal. Unfortunately our courtesy coach transfer services are not wheelchair accessible, unless passengers are able to navigate stairs and have a fold up wheelchair. Please note that high tides due to bad weather may cause slight difficulty during boarding or disembarkation.

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.


The ability to take the pram on board the vessel will vary depending on the particular vessel in use and the capacity of the service. In most circumstances, it is possible for children travelling in a pram to remain in the pram on board the vessel, however if the service is particularly busy, the pram may be requested to be folded and stowed securely, with the child seated with their parent or guardian. When permitted on board, prams must be able to travel along the gangway and fit through the vessel doorway (max 88cm). If the pram cannot fit, it must be folded and stowed securely.

 Getting to Hillarys Boat Harbour

Public Transport

Public Transport is available to and from Hillarys Boat Harbour, we recommend using the Transperth Journey Planner ahead of the day. 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.

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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.

Our courtesy coach will be operating daily from 19 December 2020

10:00am Ferry Courtesy Coach Transfers

Pick Up Point Pick Up Time

  • Crown (Riverside Entrance)7:40am
  • Billabong Backpackers 7:55am
  • Coolibah Lodge 7:55am
  • Great Southern Hotel 8:00am
  • Double Tree Northbridge8:00am
  • Pan Pacific 8:05am
  • Crowne Plaza8:05am
  • Mantra on Hay (Cnr Hay & Bennett) 8:10am
  • The Westin Perth (Across the road) 8:15am
  • Peppers Kings Square Hotel 8:25am
  • Intercontinental Hotel Perth Central8:25am
  • Rendezvous Hotel Perth Central 8:30am
  • Club Wyndham Perth 8:35am
  • Rendezvous Scarborough 9:00am
  • Karrinyup Waters Resort9:10am

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. Note: once on the island certain items can be delivered for a fee – see the visitors centre for more information when you arrive, or call them on 08 9372 9732.

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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