Island Paradise - Louise's Rottnest Island Travel Tips

Posted on November 06 2023

Samphire Hotel Rottnest Island

West Australians love Rottnest Island as much as Founder of Louise M shoes, Louise Matson does, and it's no wonder why. This picturesque island, just a short half-hour ferry ride from Fremantle, offers the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. If you haven't been to Rottnest yet, it's time to put it on your travel bucket list. Louise, a passionate traveler, recently spent a weekend on her favourite island, and it is easy to see why it is such a beloved destination.

When visiting Rottnest Island, you have a range of accommodation options to choose from. For those seeking a touch of luxury, the Samphire Hotel is the perfect choice. It offers stunning views and all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay. However, if you prefer a more relaxed and budget-friendly option, there is plenty of Rottnest Island accommodation to suit every traveler's needs. 

Rottnest Island does not just captivate visitors with its natural beauty; it also delights the taste buds with its culinary offerings. For great dining experiences, head to Isola Italian restaurant on the waterfront for a mouthwatering lunch or dinner or enjoy the exquisite Indonesian cuisine of Lontara, another fantastic option. When it is time to unwind with a cold beverage, make your way to Hotel Rottnest, the island's only pub. The views are like no other. 

For a quick coffee fix or a tasty snack, The Lane Cafe serves up the best coffee, hot muffins, and toasted sandwiches. As soon as you arrive at Rottnest walk 10 minutes to the best coffee at The Lane Cafe. You may arrive there just as the muffins are taken from the oven, or pick up a healthy wrap or enjoy the best toasted sandwiches for a light lunch on your way to The Basin or stunning Pinky Beach (affectionately known as Pinky's by the locals) for a swim.

Rottnest Island is an outdoor enthusiast's dream come true. If you are looking to explore the island, renting an e-bike is a convenient and eco-friendly way to tour the entire island at your own pace. There is an island bus if you prefer to use a hop on hop off option, stopping at the beautiful beaches and main attractions for you to explore. Check the bus timetables, they are fairly on time however remember you are there to relax and the bus may be on 'island time' too.

For history buffs and adventure seekers, a Guns and Tunnels Tour to Oliver Hill is a must. Discover the island's military history and explore the hidden tunnels, offering a unique perspective on Rottnest's past and fabulous views towards the ocean and Perth City. Louise has visited the island many times since childhood but had never done this tour before and was fascinated with the history the tour revealed.

Getting to the island is easy with multiple ferry options. You can choose between Rottnest Express or Sealink ferries, both of which provide a pleasant ride with beautiful ocean views from Perth City, Fremantle (B-Shed or Rous Head) or Hillarys Boat Harbour. Long term parking is available at Rous Head, B- Shed and Hillary's.

One of the highlights of a visit to Rottnest Island is the opportunity to take a quokka selfie. These cute and friendly marsupials are native to the island and are famous for their endearing smiles with many tourists and celebrities sharing their selfies on social media. While it is tempting to get close and interact with them, it's important to remember that feeding or touching quokkas is discouraged to protect their natural behaviours and habitat. 

Rottnest Island is a truely relaxing and wonderful Western Australia place to visit, and it is no surprise that West Australians love spending time here. Whether you are seeking relaxation, adventure, or a bit of both, Rottnest Island has something for everyone. From its diverse dining options to its unique wildlife experiences and outdoor activities, this island paradise is a must-visit destination for anyone in the region. So, pack your bags, hop on the ferry, and embark on your own Rottnest adventure. Don't forget to take a quokka selfie, but remember to respect these adorable creatures and enjoy the island's natural beauty to the fullest!

Notes: Louise enjoyed a 2 night stay at Samphire Hotel with a room overlooking the Indian Ocean. Too cold to relax by the pool but if you are travelling to Rottnest Island in Summer, be sure to pack your bathers for the pool and the many gorgeous beaches around the island. 

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