Rottnest Island Tourism

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.

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.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Rottnest Island

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

    • Air Pollution 18.79 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 31.03 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 34.79 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 25.35 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 14.51 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 21.7 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 19.9 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 16.25 (Very Low)
  • How safe is Rottnest Island for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Rottnest Island.

    • Burglary and Theft 45.45 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 35.24 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 40.74 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 30.92 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 32.49 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 45.06 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 42.11 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 54.17 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 77.68 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 42.9 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 43.63 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 23.89 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 54.46 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Rottnest Island is 195.17 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 56.42 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 95.71 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 24.86 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 38.66 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 73.39 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 75.91 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 6.38 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 135.8 (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.

  • 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 13.03 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 46.82 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 98.05 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 75.49 USD

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