Arrival information

Getting to Rottnest Island in Western Australia is easy, with various transport options close to Perth. You can hop on a ferry, take a scenic flight or head over on your own boat. Find out more about your options here.   

Need help during your stay? Contact our Visitor Centre. The team there are happy to help with tips on things to see and do and how to get around. 

Checking in

Rottnest Island Authority Accommodation check in time is from 2pm, with keys available from the Visitor Centre, which is found at the Island end of the main jetty.

If you wish to leave a mobile phone number at the Visitor Centre when you reach the Island, staff will send an SMS message if your unit is ready for check in before 2pm. Check in must be completed by the person whose name is on the booking or a resident from the same address provided at the time of booking and suitable ID will be requested.

If you are staying at the Camping Ground please check in at the Visitor Centre and collect your sticker that should be attached to your tent to confirm your site.

Please refer to your booking confirmation for check in details if staying with Discovery Rottnest Island or Samphire Rottnest.   

COVID Safety

Travel to Rottnest Island is subject to the WA COVID-19 Safety Guidelines, which may change. Always check the latest advice before you travel at

Checking out

Rottnest Island Authority Accommodation check out time is 9am. You will be required to drop your keys back to the Visitor Centre. Campground check out time is 10am.

Please refer to your booking confirmation for check out details if staying with Discovery Rottnest Island or Samphire Rottnest.   

Locating Accommodation

To locate your Island accommodation please refer to our Accommodation Maps.

All accommodation is easily accessible either by leisurely stroll, bike or short bus ride. Please check with the Visitor Centre on arrival if you have any questions about locating your Rottnest home. 

Quiet Times

For all visitors to enjoy the Island at all times please observe the quiet times as follows:
  • 11pm to 7am in all areas.
  • 9pm to 7am at the Camping Ground.
  • 9pm to 9am at Kingstown and Governors’ Circle.
Thank you for your consideration.

Linen & Hire Equipment

Please remember that linen is not supplied to the Caroline Thomson cabins, Governors Circle or Kingstown dormitories. Contact Rottnest Island Reservations at least 48 hours prior to arrival for hire items, including linen. Standard, Premium, Premium View and Heritage accommodation have a zipped king bed in the main bedroom with single beds in the secondary bedrooms. Requests for one additional zipped king bed in the second bedroom need to be received at least 7 days prior to arrival. Booking instructions are on the Hire Items Booking Form.

Please use one of the below forms based on your planned stay on the island:

Stays from 1 July 2022 Hire Item Booking Form (PDF 32.6KB)

Inventory Inclusions

Rottnest Island Authority Accommodation Inventory and Inclusions:

4 Bed Heritage Inclusions PDF 
6 Bed Heritage Inclusions
8 Bed Heritage Inclusions PDF
Commander's Cottages PDF
Standard, Premium & Premium View PDF
Ocean View Inclusions PDF
Governor's Circle Inclusions PDF
Bungalow, Chalet & Cabin PDF

Luggage Information

Luggage by Ferry

Transfers across to Rottnest Island can be booked through one of the three ferry operators. The ferry operators will provide luggage labels that will include both your onward and return information.

Your chosen ferry operator will produce your luggage labels with all your accommodation and travel details printed on them for both your travel to and from the Island. Your specific unit number must be hand written on any luggage labels with a permanent marker prior to loading at the ferry terminal to enable delivery to your accommodation.

If any change is made to your ferry departure time or date a new luggage label must be collected from the Visitor Centre on the Island and old labels removed to avoid confusion. 

On your departure from the Island your luggage will be collected from outside your gate (or the communal luggage points at Caroline Thomson, Governors Circle, Kingstown Barracks and the Camping Ground) at 8am. Guests staying on the Camping Ground or in the Hostel/Kingstown Barracks will have their luggage collected at 9am from the communal luggage points. For those departing on a ferry leaving before 10.00am please contact the Visitor Centre 24 hours in advance to arrange for an early luggage pick-up at 7am.

Luggage Label and Ferry Enquiries

For more information regarding luggage or if you need to reschedule your ticket due to a change in circumstances, please contact your ferry operator directly:

Rottnest Express
Phone:  1300 467 688 (1300 GO ROTTO)

Rottnest Fast Ferries
Phone:  +61 8 9246 1039

SeaLink Rottnest Island 
Phone 1300 QUOKKA or +61 (0)8 9325 9352

Luggage Weight Restrictions

Please be aware that to comply with health and safety regulations size and weight restrictions apply to your luggage.
  • Each bag with handles - maximum 22 kilograms
  • Each cardboard box - maximum 10 kilograms
  • Each luggage item must not exceed 500mm x 800mm in dimension
  • No 'piggy-backing' of baggage items is allowed, for example, attaching a sleeping bag to a suitcase.

Hand Luggage

  • Hand luggage should be carried aboard the ferry as luggage placed in crates is transported to a sorting yard and is not accessible to the public.
  • Medication and fragile items should be carried in hand luggage. Please be aware that once luggage is removed from the ferry you will not be able to access it until it has been sorted and delivered to your accommodation.

Delivery of Luggage

To ensure the smooth delivery of your luggage it is essential that it be correctly labelled with the ferry operator supplied tags. We are only able to deliver luggage up to a maximum weight of 22kg per piece.
  • We aim to deliver all correctly labelled luggage within three hours of your arrival on Rottnest.
  • A further three-hour delay may be experienced if unlabelled luggage is placed into crates as it will need to be identified and then scheduled for subsequent delivery to your accommodation.  
  • Items such as surfboards, kayaks and golf bags will not be delivered as standard items. These non-standard luggage Items can be delivered for a fee of $12.50 each way which can be arranged and paid for at the Visitor Centre on arrival. These items must be picked up by passengers from the ferry after disembarkation and placed on the marked bench at the end of the jetty. A non-standard luggage label obtainable from the Visitor Centre must be placed on the luggage to enable delivery to the accommodation.  
  • Adult bicycles, craypots, unfolded trolleys, fishing rods (unless in tubes), dive cylinders and gas cylinders will not be delivered and must be picked up from the ferry on disembarking.
  • Alcohol will not be delivered to Kingstown hostel, dormitories or the camping ground.
  • Luggage Frequently Asked Questions