Whether you’re travelling with young children or teens, Wadjemup / Rottnest Island is the perfect place to relax and reconnect with your family. Here are our top tips for making treasured memories on a perfect family holiday on Wadjemup.
There are three operators running ferries to and from the island – Rottnest Express, Rottnest Fast Ferries and SeaLink – so find the departure point and timetable that suits you best. The ferry companies also offer free travel for children, so you can visit the island for less (conditions apply - check with your preferred ferry operator for details).
There are so many places to stay on the island, from budget-friendly cabins to self-catered holiday homes. Or enjoy a luxury stay at Samphire Rottnest and glamping at Discovery Rottnest Island eco-tents on the doorstep of Pinky Beach.
Cycling is the best way to explore the island at your own pace. Cruise through open spaces, surrounded by vibrant green bush and panoramic coastal views, with birdlife soaring overhead.
Every corner reveals a new, sparkling blue ocean vista – guaranteed to put a smile on every family member’s face. You can bring your own bikes or hire them from Pedal & Flipper Hire on the island. You’ll also find bike trailers, e-bikes, mobility assistance options, infant bike seats and children’s bikes, so the whole family can head off on adventures together.
If you don’t fancy cycling, have a pram, or older family members travelling with you, take the Quokka Coaches Island Explorer. This bus service circumnavigates the whole island, allowing you to hop off whenever you see something that takes your fancy and discover the further reaches of the island. Kids will love the journey, marvelling at the amazing scenery along the way.
Rottnest Island has an impressive 63 beaches and 20 bays with sparkling blue water, surrounded by protected coral reefs. The Basin, Little Salmon Bay, Parakeet Bay, Longreach Bay and Pinky Beach are perfect for children, with calm shallow water to play, swim or snorkel in. It’s also a good idea to chat with the team at the Rottnest Volunteer Guides Information Booth and the Visitor Centre to get advice on the best options for the day’s weather conditions.
Let the little ones roam free at one of the playgrounds while you enjoy a coffee. There are playgrounds on the waterfront of Thomson Bay, in South Thomson Bay behind Samphire Rottnest and at the Geordie Bay Café. Alternatively, visit the Rottnest Movies & Mini Golf where the kids (and adults) can enjoy a round of putt putt or play some classic arcade games.
In the evenings, head to the heritage Picture Hall to watch the latest family blockbuster. Relax in retro deck chairs and visit the candy bar for fresh popcorn and homemade choc bombs.
No visit to Rottnest Island is complete without watching the resident quokkas as they roam in the wild. You'll spot them across the island, and can find our suggested locations here.
The island offers a range of activities and tours that get kids out exploring and learning about Wadjemup’s natural environment and important history. The Rottnest Volunteer Guides holiday activity programs are published online before the start of a new school break, so check out what’s on before planning your trip or sign up to our newsletter below to stay up to date.
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