If you're looking for an intimate oasis for a beachy gateway, you won't find a place better than Rottnest Island. Rottnest Island is situated nineteen kilometers off the coast of Perth and is renowned for its raw, untamed beauty, breathtaking landscapes, striking coastal views, and natural rock formations. The island has six major habitats: salt lakes, coastal, woodlands, heath, brackish swamps, and settled areas. The limestone coral reef grew approximately 100,000 years ago and is home to Rottnest's exotic marine life. It also boasts a vibrant culture, rich history, world-class gastronomy, and a lively local music scene. The island was once used as a military base, but it has now been transformed into a pocket of remote wonderland waiting to be discovered.
With sixty-three of the prettiest beaches, twenty beautiful bays, and stunning coral reefs and wrecks, Rottnest Island is a coastal paradise where you can enjoy the sand, surf, and sun. You can explore the spectacular swimming spots, sample the unusual traditional local fare and attend the live comedy and music festivals. You can also sign up for whale-watching tours and get up close with southern right whales and humpback whales.
The island is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts, and you can spot here some of the unique species like the marsupial Quokka. If you're looking for a surfing break, you can head to The Rotto Box, Strickland Bay, or The Basins Ledge. Surfing competitions are also held here during the winter leading to a rise in Rottnest Island tourism. The island also has challenging hiking tracks and biking tracks to satiate the thrill-seeking soul of adventure enthusiasts.
You can opt for Segway tours to have an eco-friendly adventure and explore the breathtaking scenery of Rottnest Island. To learn about the island's rich history, you can sign up for an Aboriginal walking tour.
Rottnest Island experiences a Mediterranean-style climate with mild cool winters and dry and warm summers. February is the hottest month, with an average maximum temperature ranging around 27.2°C and June and September are the coldest months, with average temperatures ranging between 19 degrees to 7 degrees Celsius.