A recreational island in Western Australia spread around 19 square kilometers of the land.
Multiplicity Recreation in Rottnest Island
Considered as one of the most popular swimming locations on the northwest side of Rottnest Island, The Basin is a refreshing ocean contained with crystal-clear water and soft white sand. Situated between Pinky Beach and Longreach Bay, the water in The Basin is the only knee to waste-deep. You are encouraged to walk further out to the edge of the reef and dive straight into the water to feel its coolness. Despite having the smallest beach on its west side, you will feel comfortable enough to sunbathe. On the other hand, the east side of The Basin has the bigger beach yet less busy crowd, making it as the perfect spot you can feel the peacefulness of the island.
Are you looking for the exciting sport on Rottnest Island? The Skydive Geronimo may be the answer as you can enjoy the 20-minute mesmerizing flight that begins as soon as you jump from the aircraft, falling at 124-mph (200km/h) for up to 66 seconds. Don't worry about knowing anything about this sport since there is the instructor who will guide you about the flight, deploy your parachute while you catch the breath and take in the scenery. It must be noted that bookings are essential, the flights are subject to weather condition, the wheelchair user is able to do the flight, and that minimum age of 12 years old is required in order to do the flight with parents consent. Moreover, the higher your flight, the more expensive of the package that you will pay for the skydive. Even so, the price is totally worth it as there are professional video and photo packages that record your thrilling experience.
Frankie's on Rotto
Famous as the latest restaurant in the island, Frankie's on Rotto offer a versatile menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner which suits the casual and friendly vibe. The food in the restaurant such as Pizza, Pasta, and Salads are available to be delivered to your hotel room or the beaches as well, making Frankie's on Rotto as the first island restaurant with delivery service that can be ordered through its official website or simply called by the phone. In addition, Frankie's on Rotto is situated opposite the park where the kids can play whereas the parents can dine out along with the glass of wine.
Rottnest Island Shipwrecks
It may be expected that as an island in Western Australia, Rottnest Island is flooded with numerous shipwreck debris. In every street and road of the island, you may spot the remains such as wooden schooner, wooden cutter, and wooden barque which were found from 1842 to 1878 sourced from Transit, Gem, and Lady Elizabeth's ships, as well as the three-masted wooden schooners from Janet and Uribes' ships and the 26 ton ketch from Anitra II's ship. In addition, Plaques have been located next to the wrecks and onshore to signify their wreckage locations.
Rottnest Channel Swim
Lastly, the event that you should not miss when you come to Rottnest Island is none other than the Rottnest Channel Swim, an annual open water swimming event held in every February which takes place from Cottesloe Beach through Gage Roads to Rottnest Island, off the coast of the west side of Australia near Perth. The distance that the participants have to go through is roughly 20 kilometers, making it one of the largest open water swimming events in the world. The highest record of partakers must be in the 2015 event with 2400 swimmers competed against each other. As for the requirement of the match, the participant is either a solo or a team consist of two or four persons.
How to Get Tickets?
Entrance fee is applied to enter Rottnest Island based on the age and how long you stay in the island. For more information, you are advised to visit the official website of the island.
How To Get Around?
Everyone is able to explore Rottnest Island comfortably, including people who have the walking impairment, disability, and wheelchair user as the island provides the wide pathways, easy to read signage, and ramp, as well as lots of outdoor seating and numerous toilet facilities. Moreover, there are wheelchairs, electric scooters (gophers) and beach wheelchairs that available to hire and wheelchair compatible shuttle bus for access to and from the ferries. Recreational vehicles such as kayaks, paddleboards, and fishing rods are able to be transferred from the Main Jetty to accommodation units for an additional charge per item each way without booking as you can bring the article to the end off the jetty opposite the 'welcome' sign and drop into the Visitor Centre to pay.
What Should I Wear?
It is best to wear comfortable outfits such as the shirt, cardigan, and pants along with your choices of footwear, be it sneakers or sandals along with the camera to capture the moment and landscape in the island. Don't forget to bring the raincoat and umbrella during the rainy season and swimsuit and trunk when you want to swim in the ocean.
Best Time to Visit
You can visit Rottnest Island from Saturday to Thursday from 7.15 am to 5.30 pm and Friday from 7.15 am to 8 pm.
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Will I Need a Guide?
No, you do not necessarily need a guide as you can explore the island on your own by walking, taking a bus, or riding a bike.
How To Get There?
You can reach Rottnest Island by taking ferries (Express, Rottnest Fast Ferries, or SeaLink Rottnest Island) from Fremantle, Hillarys Boat Harbour, or Perth's Barrack Street Jetty which takes from 25 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes to arrive in the island. You also can ride airplane (Air Taxi, Ozwest Aviation, Rotorvation Helicopters, Swan River Seaplanes) from Perth's airport.