Ferries to Rottnest Island

If you’re visiting WA and staying in the CBD, or you’re a local living in Perth’s north, we offer the quickest and easiest way to get to Rottnest. Our ferry packages provide the largest variety of travel options, giving you the chance to decide how you’ll experience the island.

Book your ferry ride online and choose to explore Rottnest by bike, bus, Segway, kayak or even helicopter, depending on what best suits your needs. We offer daily departures from Hillarys Boat Harbour at varying times throughout the day. You can park for FREE at Hillarys or book our courtesy shuttle bus from your CBD accommodation.


  • Fastest and cheapest way to Rottnest
  • Largest variety of travel options
  • Free parking at Hillarys Boat Harbour
  • Free courtesy coaches from CBD accommodation
  • Quick and easy to book online

With Rottnest Fast Ferries, you can take a day trip to the island or extend your stay for as many nights as you like.

Our clean and modern ferry is designed to get you to your destination as comfortably as possible, with outdoor viewing decks and indoor airconditioned seating. In the short 45-minute ferry ride, you’ll also have access to food and drinks from our on-board kiosk.

See our ferry timetable




Rottnest Ferry Prices

While we always offer discounted tickets for children under the age of 12, if you are a WA resident sign up to our Kids Club and kids can travel free 365 days. We offer family packages to help make your visit more affordable and can also accommodate seniors as well as students.

Prices 1st April 2022 – 31st March 2023

Same Day Return

Fare Type Base Price Admission Fee Total
Adult $68.00 $20.00 $88.00
Concession $63.00 $20.00 $83.00
Child (4-12) $42.00 $7.00 $49.00
Infant (0-3) $5.00 NIL $5.00
Family Pass (2Ad, 2Ch) $191.00 $49.00 $240.00

Extended Stay Return

Fare Type Base Price Admission Fee Total
Adult $68.00 $26.00 $94.00
Concession* $63.00 $26.00 $89.00
Child (4-12) $42.00 $9.00 $51.00
Infant (0-3) $5.00 NIL $5.00
Family Pass (2Ad, 2Ch) $191.00 $60.00 $251.00

*A Family Pass is valid for 2 Adults and 2 Children (U12) travelling to and from Rottnest Island on the same services. A valid Concession Fare applies to Seniors, Students and APOD’s. Valid Proof of the following include: Seniors – Proof of Age, Student – Student card, APOD – APOD card. All cards must be presented to receive a concession fare type.


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Find out everything you need to know before you set sail with Rottnest Fast Ferries. From general directions to assistance with luggage and equipment, you’ll find all the answers right here.

How long does it take to get to Rottnest Island?

When you travel with Rottnest Fast Ferries, you can get to the island in 45-minutes. If you’re staying in the CBD, we offer the fastest travel route to Rottnest. Your round trip will be quicker if you take our courtesy shuttle bus rather than departing from Perth or Fremantle.

Do I need to book my ferry transfer in advance?

We highly recommend booking online as far in advance as possible to secure your spot on board our ferry. In peak times, including summer months, weekends and school holidays, our ferry can sell out very quickly.

Where does the ferry depart from?

Our ferry departs from the northern end of the Hillary’s Boat Harbour entertainment precinct at the dock located behind the Breakwater bar and restaurant. You can find our Visitor’s Centre at the south west end of the precinct, facing Southside Drive.

How often does the ferry travel to and from the island?

Our timetable changes depending on the season and the time of the week. We generally offer 2-3 departure and return times or more per day, see our most up to date timetable. 

What ferry packages are available?

We offer transport combo packages where you can purchase your ferry ride as well as a bike, bus ticket, Segway, helicopter flight and more. You can also purchase experience packages including historical tours, whale watching, accommodation and much more. See examples below, or find our full list of packages here.

Does the ferry accommodate for wheelchair and pram access?

Yes, we can accommodate wheelchairs on our ferry with advance notice. The main settlement is also wheelchair accessible. We can take prams on board, however, depending on capacity, the pram may need to be stowed. Find out more here.


Blueprints of Rottnest Fast Ferries' new vessel - the harbour master

Our new vessel Harbour Master arriving 26th December 2020.

How can I get to Hillarys Boat Harbour?

Hillarys Boat Harbour is located 20 minutes north of the Perth CBD. You can drive to Hillarys and park for free as there are plenty of parking bays available around the precinct. We also offer a courtesy bus if you are staying in accommodation in the city or Scarborough. Alternatively, there are public transport options. Find out more here.

Where does the courtesy coach go?

Our courtesy bus goes to popular accommodation in the CBD as well as the Scarborough area. See our full list of stops and times.

Do I need to check in to the Ticketing Office?

If you aren’t staying overnight or hiring any equipment, there’s no need to check in to the ticketing office, you can simply head straight to the ferry. For those who have booked accommodation, you can either arrange luggage labels in advance or organise it on the day at the ticketing office.

What do I need to do if I’m taking luggage?

You will need to use luggage labels that can either be arranged in advance or organised on the day at the ticketing office. Find out more here.

Map of ferry to rottnest departure point Map of Hillarys Boat Harbour


What equipment is available to hire on the island?

Bikes, snorkel sets, wetsuits, stand-up paddleboards, accommodation items and more can be hired on the island. We supply bikes and snorkels that can be picked up from the Visitor’s Centre in Hillarys Boat Harbour prior to departure.

Where do I collect my bike and snorkel?

If you have hired a bike and/or snorkel set, you can collect your items from the Ticketing Office in Hillarys Boat Harbour prior to departure.

What if I want to bring my own equipment?

You are welcome to bring your own bike, scuba diving gear, surfboard, kayak, stand-up paddleboard and more, however, freight charges do apply to stow your equipment on the ferry.

Item Freight Charge

  • Bike Freight $15.00
  • Bike Trailer $10.00
  • Dive Tanks $10.00
  • Surfboard $10.00
  • Kayaks/ Waveskis/ Paddleboards $25.00
  • Cray Pots $10.00
  • Outboard Motor (no fuel allowed) $25.00


Bike for hire on rottnest



Snorkel & Flipper Hire

Explore Rottnest Island’s beautiful marine life with snorkel and flipper hire.



Boasting 63 beaches and 20 bays, Rottnest Island is home to stunning coral reef and tropical fish. Sheltered swimming areas and underwater snorkelling trails make the island a popular snorkelling location year-round.


Snorkel & Flipper hire from $15.00

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Please Note: snorkelling equipment is collected from Hillarys Boat Harbour prior to departure. 

Bike Hire

Rottnest Fast Ferries has a fleet of 7-speed custom built hire bikes, designed for cycling at Rottnest Island.


Save yourself time on the island and hire your bike with your ferry ticket before you depart; our crew load the bikes on and off the vessel for you, so once you arrive at Rottnest Island you can set off with the wind in your hair to explore!


Adult bikes from $30.00. Child bikes from $16.00

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Please Note: Hire bikes are collected from Hillarys Boat Harbour prior to departure. All hire bikes come with helmet and lock.

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