The Basin, Rottnest Island

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Address: The Basin, Rottnest Island, Australia

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Beach, Waterfront, Family And Kids, Water Sport, Snorkeling

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About The Basin, Rottnest Island

At first look, it’s not obvious why the Basin’s been called Australia’s best swimming beach. The rocks around it actually look a little formidable. Then you realise that these headlands actually keep the emerald green water sheltered from the wilder parts of the ocean; and that the cove has clean white sands. It looks like a natural jewel. Sharks cannot enter the basin.

To get to the actual swimming pool, you’ll have to step over the reef from the beach. It really does feel like you’re floating in a basin once you’re in the pool. And just like a real pool, the water slowly goes from waist deep to 3 metres.

If you’re willing and able to swim further out into the ocean when the conditions are safe (current and weather both), then you’ll find a good snorkelling area in the reefs. Getting there can be a bit of a long swim though, so if you’re not a regular swimmer, do not attempt this.

Thought the pool is on the western side of the bay, the eastern beach is quieter and more secluded, with a much smaller pool. A limestone hill on the western edge is a good spot for taking pics of the magnificent vista.

The Basin Information

  • The Basin is bad for swimming when the weather is rough. This tends to happen in winter.
  • There may occasionally be stingers in the water.
  • There are change rooms and toilets on the road close to the western end of the bay.
  • There are picnic facilities.
  • Boats are not allowed into the Basin.

How To reach The Basin by Public Transport

  • It’s quite easy to reach here from the main settlement. Ask directions and walk or ride along.

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