Remnants of Rottnest’s military past are scattered across the Island. With heavy involvement in both World War I and II, Rottnest Island’s history includes a lengthy chapter on prisoners of war, artillery guns and secret plotting rooms. For a historic moment, Rottnest was not a holiday paradise but a critical base for the Australian army to defend its naval port across the water at Fremantle.
Now is the perfect time to plan your family holiday to everyone’s favourite adventure island. Featuring homely cedarwood cabins and historic refashioned barracks, there are plenty of options for holiday accommodation across Rottnest Island that the whole family can get excited about. Rottnest is notorious for booking out quickly, so make sure you get in early to secure your spot, and explore our top picks for family-friendly accommodation on Rottnest.
After a big day of sun, sand and sea, there’s no better way to unwind than with a hearty meal at one of Rottnest’s first-rate restaurants. Blessed by its abundant surroundings, Rottnest is well-supplied with the freshest seafood and local produce from across the water. Whether it’s crispy fish and chips or freshly baked sourdough pizza that you are craving, the chefs on the island have you covered. Our top picks all include a special menu for the kids, so you’ll be sure to have happy campers at the table.
It is no secret that Rottnest Island boasts some of the most enchanting snorkelling locations this side of the country. Protected by limestone reefs, the turquoise bays scattered along Rottnest’s coastline provide for excellent snorkelling conditions and are suitable for underwater adventurers of all ages and abilities. We have the Scoop on where you can find colourful coral formations and swaying seagrass meadows on your next trip to Rottnest.
Where else can you stroll along one of 63 secluded beaches (during peak season), take a quokka selfie, receive a massage from a Balinese masseuse that has worked on professional athletes and retire to a beach-front restaurant with cocktail in hand, all in one day?
They’re famous for their friendly nature and shameless selfie smiles, come to Rottnest to catch a glimpse of these adorable little marsupials in one of the very few places you can see them in the world.