Discover Another Side Of Rottnest This Summer With New Experiences

Aerial of The Basin redevelopment
Explore familiar favourites and new additions in Rottnest this summer.

Discover Another Side Of Rottnest This Summer With New Experiences

Explore familiar favourites and new additions in Rottnest this summer.
Aerial of The Basin redevelopment
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Explore familiar favourites and new additions in Rottnest this summer.

Summertime in Perth calls for a visit to our favourite idyllic island; however, this season, there are a few new treats in store. 

While we were all inside staying away from the wild Perth winter weather last year, Rottnest Island underwent some changes. 

Popular favourites have been revamped with updates to Little Salmon Bay Snorkel Trail, a striking new Rottnest Island Sculpture welcoming arrivals as they hop off the ferry, and much more.

Grab your snorkels, slap on your sunscreen, and get ready for a new summer adventure to remember, as there’s now more to explore than ever before on Rottnest Island. 

Brand New Summer Experiences

Koora-Yeye-Boordawan-Kalyakoorl (Past-Present-Future-Forever) – Rottnest Isalnd sculpture

What’s new on Rottnest Island this summer? Quite a lot, actually. 

Get the most out of your stay with a revitalised dining scene and new marine adventures.

Here’s the lowdown: 

Rottnest Snorkel

All aboard Rottnest Snorkel’s boat for three hours of guided snorkelling fun. 

Perfect for the whole family to enjoy, in-water guides will help you discover hundreds of colourful species, shipwreck sites, and coral reefs – because where better to get your snorkel on than the crystal clear bays of Rotto? 

Quokka Hopper

On-demand golf-buggy transport – yes, please.

Get to and from restaurants, accommodation, and island facilities in the main settlements and surrounds with ease using this on-demand private transfer – perfect for a comfortable journey when you’ve got a few bags.

With 12 convenient stop locations for pick up and drop off, you will be sure to find a nearby spot. 

Getting around the island has never been easier. 

Isola Bar e Cibo

Previously Thomson’s restaurant, Isola Bar e Cibo is a taste of the Amalfi Coast.

It’s a fresh take on classic Italian with stunning bar views and dining right on the beach. They balance the simplicity of quality WA produce with a sophisticated Italianate drinks list and classic spritz.

You’d find it very hard to find a better seat on Rottnest than at Isola Bar e Cibo.

Capture The Light Photography Tours

Learn how to snap the perfect image on a photographic tour of one of the world’s most photogenic islands. 

Whether you’re a complete beginner or a professional photographer will guide you on a photography workshop as you learn to capture the essence of Wadjemup.

You can even go up a level with their three-day workshop with an included scenic flight.

New Luxe Cruise

Having lunch while looking out over the turquoise waters of Rottnest is one thing, having lunch while cruising on the turquoise waters is another.

Rottnest Cruises has launched the Luxe Island Seafood Cruise – a floating degustation experience, hosted over four hours onboard a premium 69-ft charter boat.

Guests can expect a pairing that is uniquely Western Australia when onboard.

Enjoy the Island’s famous views with a seven-course seafood lunch prepared by a private chef, all the while sipping on cocktails, premium WA wines, and craft beers. 

And there’s more

Island favourite, Segway Tours WA, is also taking it up a notch this summer including offering sunset tours and changing its departure point to the Settlement precinct.

New Faces To Familiar Places

Settlement Mall redevelopment

But it’s not just the brand new that is different at Rottnest.

Settlement Mall

The mall has been refreshed in the off season just in time for your essential visit to Rottnest Bakery.

The $4.5 million redevelopment has been invested to revitalise the Settlement Mall and surrounds by improving services, accessibility, and family-friendly amenities.

Visitors can expect freshly paved walkways as you stroll between the shops and relax under the trees on the main strips in what feels like an open-plan cafe terrace.

The Basin

If you thought The Basin couldn’t get any better…

Rottnest Island’s popular swimming and snorkel spot, the Basin, has received a $2 million upgrade with new decking and grass areas, shade shelters, BBQ facilities, a new play space for the little ones (coming soon) and upgrades to the toilet and beach showers. 

The Basin - Rottnest Island Upgrade
The Basin redevelopment

Discovery Rottnest Island Beach Club

Discovery Parks Rottnest Island has also had a touch up with a $1 million renovation of Pinky’s Beach Club and its new alfresco lawn space.

Enjoy a newly developed alfresco lawn space, with added areas of shade, a new outdoor Grab and Go food outlet, and a deck area boasting epic views of Pinky’s Bay and the iconic Pinky’s sunsets.

Large family guests will also welcome an upgraded accommodation option with the Deluxe Duplex Family Tent, showcasing a large shared deck and outdoor kitchen and shower.

Stay Later

Who says the fun has to stop?

Stay longer and enjoy even more island offerings with late return ferries throughout summer so that you can catch the sunset and extend that day trip even further. 

See more for less with discounted day return ferries from 12noon. 

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Snorkel Trail

Snorkel trail at Little Salmon Bay

Things are also changing under the water with changes to the Little Salmon Bay Snorkel Trail.

Suit up with your snorkel and flippers and dive down to discover one of Wadjemup’s most extensive coral reefs at Parker Point Marine Sanctuary Zone, home to an incredible diversity of marine life.

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