More Than Just A Ferry Service: Why You Should Book With Rottnest Express For Your Next Island Getaway
When you think of getting to Rottnest Island (Wadjemup) there’s a reason Rottnest Express is synonymous with the ferry service everyone uses. After humble beginnings back in the 1950s on a 42ft wooden hulled launch called ‘The Temeraire’, the ‘70s saw the launch of the 700-person ferry ‘Temeraire II’, opening up the island to the hundreds of thousands of visitors it now sees each year.
Now Rottnest Express departs from Perth via three different locations, running multiple services per day back and forth from as early as 7am until sometimes as late as 9pm in peak season. With boats specifically designed to travel to Rottnest, here’s a few simple reasons why you should do so with Rottnest Express.
“More departures, more often.”
That is the Rottnest Express promise to customers, and with an array of departure times across Barrack Street, B Shed and Northport over the course of the day, it’s hard to argue. The earliest ferry departs from B Shed at 7.30am, while in peak season ferries leave as late as 9pm, with even later services for the Rottnest Channel Swim on February 26. Northport also has ample parking options, with a gated, secure car park only costing $12 a day, perfect if you’re staying on the island for a few days.
Book bikes, snorkels and epic tours through Rottnest Express
More than just a ferry company, Rottnest Express has an extensive experience hub where you can book a variety of different tours to partake on the island. Along with setting up simple bike and snorkel hires through Rottnest Express, you can also jump on their Eco Express Adventure Boat, ride the Discovery Bus on land or get a cheeky Premium Upgrade if you’re coming from Barrack St, including free drinks and nibbles.
Save $$$ with their Quokka Club and Red Rider Annual Passes
If you have kids or just love getting over to Rottnest Island, Rottnest Express has a couple of great options to help you save a few dollars along the waves. Their Quokka Club allows WA kids aged 12 and under to travel for free (island admission fee still payable)! Plus, new members will receive a complimentary drink and snack on their first journey, Quokka Club Passport, stamp rewards and other member discounts. Older kids can grab themselves a Red Rider pass, allowing up to 10 return trips to Rottnest over a 12 month period for $149, plus a host of member discounts around the island.
Riding with Rottnest Express means you’re travelling with a Tourism Council WA-accredited business, assuring you’re with professional, ethical and reliable operators. In addition, they’ve received Ecotourism certification for their various tours, assuring a commitment to sustainable practices, high quality nature-based experiences and contributions to environmental conservation and the local community.
Head to the Rottnest Express Website now to start planning your next trip to Rottnest Island.