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Why Does Everyone Love Rotto?

Australia Perth
Posted: February 7, 2012

Why does everyone lot Rotto?

The “Love My Rotto” is a marketing campaign to promote Rottnest island with the flexi fares.  Having been to Rottnest I can see the appeal.

Love My Rotto

Here are some of my tips on what to do at Rottnest island.

1) Take the ferry early.

I suggest get the 7:30 ferry from Fremantle over to Rottnest. This way you get to see a lot of the island before the crowds come and before the heat intensifies.  It costs as little as $24 to go on the 30 minute ferry to Rottnest.  There are two ferry companies that can take you over the to island, the Rottnest Express and Rottnest Fast Ferries.  You can book up to 3 months and 6 days in advance and for big events such as the Rottnest swim, you should book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

2) Bike around the island

You can either bring your own bikes or hire them in advance. You can hire them from the Rottnest bike shop on the island either calling them or online or you can hire the bikes through the ferry company. You will then collect the bikes from the boat as you disembark.  It costs from $27 to hire a bike for the day.

3) Explore the beaches

There are 63 different bays all round the island.  You can hire snorkles, surfobards, paddleboards and bodyboards  from the hire shop on the island. Snorkling is a great way to see all the coral and the fish in the bays.   You can email all this equipment by emailing or give them a call on 08 9292 5105.  They also hire out wetsuits and life jackets.

4) Chill out

Going to “Rotto” as the Aussies call it is all about chilling out.  It is a small and safe island and many families spend a few weeks over summer there.  There is a little shop, café, a few restaurants, BBQs to use a post office, school, residential housing (yes people live on the island all year round)

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