There’s never been a better time to jump across to Rottnest, the island paradise away from the city and enjoy the last few months of golden summer by the sea.

Rottnest has been seeing a huge growth in visitors hunting for the perfect summer experience which has just got easier! Offering more availability in their ferry schedule than ever, SeaLink’s fleet has a new Quokka 3 boat and added more late-night returns for guests.

Think you’ve seen all Rottnest has to offer? The island has seen multi-million-dollar enhancements in its overnight options and cultural sights creating new opportunities for fun. For example: Discovery Park has Pinky’s Beach Club’s resort expanding their family accommodation to house larger families visiting, now you can bring all the kids. We also love the new cultural experience allowing you to take time to learn about Koora-Yeye-Boordawan-Kalyakoorl (Past-Present-Future-Forever), a nine-metre sculpture of a Noongar warrior and whale.

 Koora Yeye Boordawan Kalyakoorl sculpture at Rottnest Island 
Credit – Rottnest Island Authority

Is the water more your vibe? There’s a new underwater trail open for snorkelers to explore in the calm waters of Little Salmon Bay. Great for the family and easily accessible along the bus route. Once you’re in the water, just follow the colourful limestone reef and the trail of yellow buoys as markers – and see what shy species of fish you can spot. Dive a little deeper and learn more of the history and sea-life from the little placards underwater. Popular with all, keep your towel on the beach or hop into the surf a little distance away to catch a wave!

Two people snorkel at the New Rottnest Island snorkle trail
Credit – Rottnest Island Authority

Golfers dying for a getaway from Perth’s golf course choices will love the new ‘Ferry and Golf Package’ offered by Rottnest Cruises. A relaxed nine holes to enjoy with a variety of well-maintained fairways and flora to wander through, new golfers and veterans alike will have plenty to be challenged by. Just a skip away from the ocean, visitors truly enjoy the summer breeze while putting away. The package includes club hire, drinks voucher and an easy return trip to Perth so you can sneak away for a day.    

Looking across the water at Thomson Bay towards Isola Bar e Cibo at sunset
Credit- Rottnest Island Authority

What Rottnest update is without a culinary delight! A classy dining spot with views of Thompson’s Bay, Isola Bar e Cibo, has transformed under new Prendiville management. Fresh, delicious, and flavours straight from Italy, Isola Bar e Cibo has an upgraded menu and a comprehensive wine list to offer, with patrons raving about the cocktails. It’s clear that Chef Blaikie and his team have been working hard since the changeover and results have paid off. You’ll be delighted over their choices – crab pasta, generous prime steak, and more. But the restaurant’s best dinner spots can be booked out for months in advance so reserve your table early.  We also love their new gelato bar – Caletta Kiosk, or “Little Bay” translated, a taste of the Mediterranean Sea close to home. Perfect to take for a walk!   

Whether staying for the day, or starry overnight, it’s the perfect time to visit Rottnest – just make sure to book in advance!

 Head to the Rottnest Island Authority for more information. 

By Paddy Then