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Our most recommended Fremantle Outdoor Activities

From Perth or Fremantle: Rottnest Island Ferry and Bus Tour

1. From Perth or Fremantle: Rottnest Island Ferry and Bus Tour

Explore the stunning beauty of Rottnest Island on a day trip with return ferry transfers from Fremantle or Perth. While there, enjoy an included 1-hour 45-minute bus tour in air-conditioned comfort and listen to live commentary as you discover the island's flora, fauna, and must-see locations. When booking, select your departure location from either Perth or Fremantle. If you depart from Perth, enjoy a Swan River scenic cruise past Fremantle and onward to Rottnest Island. Alternatively, board the ferry in Fremantle and enjoy the 35-minute journey to Rottnest Island. Upon arrival on the island, hop on board your bus tour. Take in Rottnest's amazing flora and fauna, including beaches, woodlands, and salt lakes. Learn about the island's colonial and maritime history from the live commentary, too. The bus tour covers all of Rottnest’s must-see locations, including the Wadjemup Lighthouse, Henrietta Rocks, the majestic lookout point at the rugged Cathedral Rocks, and Cape Vlamingh. Afterward, have free time to explore the island at your own leisure, before boarding your return ferry.

From Perth: Rottnest Island Ferry & Bus Tour

2. From Perth: Rottnest Island Ferry & Bus Tour

Enjoy a full-day adventure to Rottnest Island with ferry transfers from Perth or Fremantle, a 1.5-hour discovery bus tour, and free time to explore.  When booking, select your ferry departure location, either Perth or Fremantle. From Perth, you’ll enjoy a scenic 1-hour cruise with live commentary along the Swan River to Fremantle before heading to the island. Alternatively, join the ferry at Fremantle for just the 25-minute ride to Rottnest Island.  Then embark on a 1.5-hour discovery bus tour where you will circumnavigate the whole Island and see all of its great sites and views. Relax on the air conditioned bus and enjoy the beauty and splendor of Rottnest Island's natural landscape. The passionate and knowledgeable guides will share with you all the best stories of the Island. It has a rich cultural and social history and you will get their expert interpretation.  After your tour, you have free time on the island to explore independently. You could perhaps rent a bike (at your own cost) or go swimming off one of the white-sand beaches before catching the return ferry back to Perth or Fremantle.

From Fremantle: Rottnest Island Ferry, Snorkel and Bike Hire

3. From Fremantle: Rottnest Island Ferry, Snorkel and Bike Hire

Hop on the ferry to Rottnest Island. Ride by bike around the island's car-free environment, and enjoy snorkeling on one of its many sandy beaches. Arrive on the island and enjoy the freedom to explore Rottnest at your leisure. There’s plenty to see, do, and discover on the island, including over 63 beaches and 20 bays. Make the most of your bike and snorkel hire for the day by getting stuck into everything that the island has to offer. Set out on a cycling adventure across the island to discover some of the very best beaches in Western Australia. Spend some time relaxing on the white sandy beaches, or cool off with a refreshing dip in the sea. Grab your snorkel and set out in search of colorful sea life as you swim in the crystal-clear waters of the island. At the end of an action-packed day, head back to the ferry for your return trip.

Fremantle: Whale-Watching Cruise

4. Fremantle: Whale-Watching Cruise

Enjoy whale watching aboard a state-of-the-art catamaran and reach Fremantle's whale grounds in air-conditioned comfort. Experience the thrill of coming face to face with the majestic humpback whales on their annual migration along the Western Australian coastline. Every year, from August to the end of November/ start of December, spot these gentle giants at play frolicking in the waters off Hillarys Boat Harbour. Enjoy the best possible view of the majestic whales from one of the catamaran's 3 viewing areas – take advantage of the large open deck space to capture spectacular close-up photographs. Relax knowing that whale sighting is 100% guaranteed and enjoy a drink or bite to eat at the onboard licensed bar. Benefit from the knowledge of a certified marine biologist from AQWA, The Aquarium of Western Australia, who will provide a running commentary during the cruise.

Rottnest Island Day Trip by Ferry & Adventure Boat Tour

5. Rottnest Island Day Trip by Ferry & Adventure Boat Tour

Enjoy a full-day adventure to Rottnest Island from Perth or Fremantle with ferry transfers, a 1.5-hour adventure boat tour, and free time to explore.  When booking, select your ferry departure location, either Perth or Fremantle. From Perth, you’ll enjoy a scenic 1-hour cruise with live commentary along the Swan River to Fremantle before heading to the island.  Alternatively, join the ferry at Fremantle for just the 25-minute ride to Rottnest Island. Then embark on a 1.5-hour wildlife thrill ride aboard a purpose-built, high-powered vessel for the adventure of a lifetime.  This is the ultimate natural Rottnest adventure, with adaptive real-time commentary. Your guides are motivated and passionate about the island and feel privileged to be able to showcase this side of Rottnest. Circumnavigate Rottnest Island, weather permitting.  Experience an unforgettable, entertaining, and informative tour. The waters off Rottnest Island are teeming with wildlife, including majestic humpback whales who visit the area from September-November. Watch the delightful antics of the New Zealand fur seal colony out at Cathedral Rocks.  After your tour, have free time on the island to explore independently. You could perhaps rent a bike (at your own cost) or go swimming off one of the white-sand beaches before catching the return ferry back to Perth or Fremantle.

Rottnest Grand Island Package with Ferry, Tour & Light Lunch

6. Rottnest Grand Island Package with Ferry, Tour & Light Lunch

The Rottnest grand island tour is the most comprehensive guided tour of the island allowing you to explore the stunning beauty of this A-class nature reserve. This tour includes a guided bus and train tour, taking in the amazing fauna and flora of the island, stunning beaches, woodlands, and incredible salt lakes. This 4-hour all-inclusive island tour with lunch takes in all of Rottnest’s must-see locations. Featuring the Wadjemup Lighthouse, Henrietta Rocks, Oliver Hill Gun Fortification and Tunnels and the majestic look-out point at the rugged Cathedral Rocks and Cape Vlamingh. All major habitats are covered on this amazing tour, including Rottnest’s cultural and historical heritage ranging from maritime and military history right up to future developments. When booking, you can select your departure location from either Perth or Fremantle. Depart from Perth at 8:30 AM and enjoy a scenic cruise past Fremantle and onwards to Rottnest Island. Alternatively, you can board the ferry in Fremantle and enjoy the 35-minute journey to Rottnest Island.

From Perth or Fremantle: Rottnest Explorer Segway Tour

7. From Perth or Fremantle: Rottnest Explorer Segway Tour

The experience includes your ferry transfer from either Perth or Fremantle, depending on the option chosen. Arrive at Rottnest Island and immediately feel immersed in the relaxed, holiday vibe of this idyllic location. Meet your friendly guide and get kitted out with the necessary gear for your Segway tour, then embark on a 1-hour island adventure. Glide along the spectacular Thomson Bay, admiring the boats and bathers, before reaching the iconic Rottnest Pub. Listen to stories about the island’s Colonial settlement, which dates back to the early 1800s. Leave the settlement and follow the coastal path, visiting popular bays and beaches along the way. The tour concludes at Kingstown Barracks, after which you can spend the rest of the day exploring on your own. Why not cool off from the heat and dive into the pristine island waters, or go in search of cute quokkas.

Rottnest Fortress Adventure Segway Package

8. Rottnest Fortress Adventure Segway Package

Enjoy a unique journey through Rottnest Fortress on this 1.5-hour Segway tour. Go off road and explore Rottnest Island’s most spectacular bays, beaches and attractions on a Segway built for adventure.  Delve into the fascinating military history of Rottnest Island and visit the Bickley Battery gun emplacements and Jubilee lookout. View the natural habitat of the island as well as the pristine beaches and secluded bays, where there is plenty of stunning photo locations to stop at. The tour concludes back at Kingstown Barracks where you will have free time to do as you please.

From Perth or Fremantle: Rottnest Island Seafood Cruise

9. From Perth or Fremantle: Rottnest Island Seafood Cruise

After a ferry ride to Rottnest Island, begin your adventure by boarding a luxury vessel, where you’ll be served a tasty selection of local seafood and drinks. The ‘thrill of the catch’ will be yours to remember forever, as you pull up pots of Western Rock lobster (or ‘crayfish’, as it's commonly known in Australia).  Learn more about this unique and delicious ocean delicacy from your crew, then sit back and enjoy watching an exquisite seafood feast prepared right before your eyes. Hot off the barbecue, your lobster will be served alongside other fresh seafood delights such as sashimi salmon, freshly shucked oysters, Blue Swimmer crabs, prawns, and an array of delicious accompaniments. Enjoy it all paired with unlimited Western Australian wine, beer and soft drinks, served as you cruise.

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What people are saying about Fremantle

This was the very first time trying a Segway and my wife was very nervous. We didn't have to worry about anything because our guide AMY was absolutely wonderful. She was so friendly and kind and encouraging for the whole hour of our tour. She had the patience of a saint.... we especially loved how every step of the way and when we went up and down hills and so forth that she kept checking on us and reminding us on what to do.We highly recommend this activity and next time we do it we will be taking the longer tour as an hour was not enough.It was so much fun, we didn't want to get off.

Boarding process was smooth and every staff member was excellent. Took the morning bus tour which gave ample time to explore the island before the return ferry. Damian made the bus tour very enjoyable and he was knowledgeable about Rottnest. Would highly recommend!

We happened to choose a great weather day, thankfully. We had bikes but got pretty sore riding the entire island. Reflecting I’d probably upgrade next time to an ebike or an escooter but we enjoyed the day immensely. No regrets

A fantastic experience! Though I would recommend bringing your own lunch and water bottle.

Even though it was raining the whole time it was an awesome tour!