Rottnest Island Tourism

Visit Rottnest Island - Best of Rottnest Island

The local Noongar people call the island ‘Wadjemup’, or even ‘Rotto.’ The island has only about a hundred permanent residents of its own, but welcomes over half a million tourists annually. Loved for its sandy beaches, snorkelling-friendly waters, and enchanting natural swimming pool, Rottnest Island frequently surprises people with the accounts of its stark history.

Back in the day, this used to be an Aboriginal Prison Island. Many of the structures you see around the island were built by these prisoners, in practice of what is now thought of as slavery. The island was also infamous for its shipwrecks. You can learn all this history at the Rottnest Museum.

Attractions-wise, the island is mostly bays, beaches, natural swimming pools and cycling tracks. The waters are a lovely blue-green, and the sand is a pretty white. Before you commence your gallivanting around the island, make sure to visit the Rottnest Island Visitor Centre; it’s the best information resource in town. Check out the two lighthouses (you may climb one, but not the other). There are cute quokkas everywhere. About 10% of the island is salt flats, if you’re the geological type. Other than these, the island is the standard, perfect vacation getaway.

Rottnest Island Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Rottnest Island tips for your visit

Essential Info

  • Time Zone: UTC/GMT +8:00 hours
  • Currency: AUD (Australian Dollar)
  • Electricity and Internet: Both are rather easily available.
  • Languages: English is the main language. Others include Italian, Greek, Cantonese, Arabic, Mandarin and Vietnamese.
  • Security: Crime is nil. You’re safe from people. Be wary of the poisonous wild dugites (snakes) that reside in the scrublands.
  • Police: +61 8 9292 5029
  • Nursing Post: +61 8 9292 5030
  • Tipping: Australia doesn’t have much of a tipping culture. If the service has been exceptional, you may leave a 5-10% tip.

Facts and Stats for Rottnest Island*

  • Pollution Statistics in Rottnest Island

    Know the pollution level of Rottnest Island before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 21.09 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 34.03 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 36.01 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 25 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 16.28 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 21.59 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 20.58 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 17.59 (Very Low)
  • Rottnest Island: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Rottnest Island for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Rottnest Island.

    • Burglary and Theft 46.22 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 35.75 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 40.6 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 30.02 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 33.95 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 48.03 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 42.56 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 54.82 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 79 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 43.49 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 44.63 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 25 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 55.18 (Moderate)
  • Living in Rottnest Island - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Rottnest Island is 190.27 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 56.07 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 95.29 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 26.87 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 38.68 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 86.38 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 76.12 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 6.24 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 130.37 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Rottnest Island

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Rottnest Island

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.23 USD
    • International Movie per seat 15.95 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 50.08 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 105.18 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 79.91 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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