How to Reach Rottnest Island


People usually get to Perth first however they can. You can fly into the international Perth Airport; take the Indian Pacific trans-continental train from Sydney, reach Fremantle Port by ship or boat; or drive into town.

Check the Perth City Page on TripHobo for fuller details. To get to Rottnest from Perth, though:

  • By Air: From Jandakot Airport in Perth, you can take the Rottnest Air Taxi. The flight is less than 15 minutes, and operates on demand. It’s expensive though.
  • By Boat: You can take the daily ferry to Rottnest from Fremantle Port (25 minutes), Hillarys Boat Harbour (45 minutes) or from Perth (90 minutes).


Privates cars are not allowed on the island.

  • By Bus: A hop-on-hop-off bus service runs around Rottnest Island’s major attractions. You can check its schedule online.
  • By Cycle: You can rent a cycle at the island. Ask for details at the Visitor Centre.