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Rottnest Island Day Trip by Ferry & Adventure Boat Tour

1. 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. Your tour will take you on a complete circumnavigation of Rottnest Island, weather permitting. The experience will be an unforgettable, entertaining, and informative one. 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, 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.

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Mandurah: Murray River Cruise with Lunch

2. Mandurah: Murray River Cruise with Lunch

Embark on a relaxing half-day cruise of Mandurah’s serene Murray River and get to know the region's wildlife, learn about its history, and enjoy lunch on board as your knowledgeable tour guide and captain provides live commentary throughout. Departing from the Mandurah City Center, cruise through the picturesque waterways, past the wetlands and islands, and across the vast Peel Inlet. Bring your own cup and help yourself to tea/coffee and biscuits for morning tea. Stop at Cooleenup Island for a guided walking tour and visit the Cooper’s Mill heritage site. Back on board, cruise along the winding Murray River as you enjoy a buffet lunch aboard with beverages available for purchase from the bar. Cruise as far as the Forest Highway before the return journey to Mandurah. Throughout the tour admire the region's incredible flora and fauna, including diverse water birds and surfing resident dolphins (not guaranteed). Lunch Menu Cheeses, salami, zucchini pickle, dill pickles, dried fruits. Roast chicken, ham, asparagus and eggs, parsley garnish. Prawns with lemon wedges, parsley garnish, and seafood dressing (on the side). Potato salad with spring onion garnish. Garden salad with dressing (on the side). Bread rolls, butter, and other condiments – tomato chutney and pickle chutney. Selection of freshly made cakes – Fudgy Chocolate & Hazelnut Brownies with strawberries and double cream and carrot cake.

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From Perth or Fremantle: Rottnest Island Ferry and Bus Tour

3. 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. During the 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, you will have free time to explore the island at your own leisure, before boarding your return ferry.

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From Perth: Swan Valley Cruise, Winery, Cheese & Lunch

4. From Perth: Swan Valley Cruise, Winery, Cheese & Lunch

Take a seat and revel in the beautiful Swan River on the only cruise in Australia that departs from a capital city and delivers you to the doorstep of an award-winning wine region. On your upstream journey along the Swan River, enjoy complimentary tea and coffee with freshly baked muffins, accompanied by a guided premium Western Australian wine tasting and cheese board selection. Upon arrival, enjoy lunch at the winery of your choice accompanied by a glass of wine, beer, or soft drink. On the return, delicious cake and all-inclusive wines are waiting for you on board, live entertainment follows as you cruise the beautiful upper reaches of the Swan River back to Perth.

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Swan River Lunch Cruise from Fremantle or Perth

5. Swan River Lunch Cruise from Fremantle or Perth

Combine a delicious buffet lunch with a premium cruise on the magnificent Swan River with the Fremantle Lunch Cruise. This unique cruise features a menu which reflects Western Australia’s abundant seasonal fresh produce. Upon boarding, you are shown to your reserved table. During the cruise downstream, your captain will give a detailed tour commentary on the sights along the river as you progress to Fremantle. As you cruise the calm waters, you are invited to enjoy a seasonal buffet selection and dessert, which offers a mixed variety of gourmet salads, mixed continental meats with chutneys and mustards. A brace of tempting hot dishes such as mild Indian curry and deep pan vegetarian lasagne complement the salads, all followed by a refreshing fruit platter. With a fully stocked bar on-board, you can enhance your light lunch with a cold beer, or a glass of wine.

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Swan River Twilight Cruise from Perth

6. Swan River Twilight Cruise from Perth

Enjoy your time in Perth with an early evening cruise along the majestic Swan River. The cruise departs from Barrack Street Jetty, a short stroll from Perth’s central business district.  Take in the beautiful city skyline and panoramic views as you slowly cruise the local waters of Perth and its surroundings. Relax and enjoy a complimentary drink from the bar. See Perth’s iconic sights including Elizabeth Quay, Kings Park, the Old Swan Brewery, the Burswood Peninsula, and Claisebrook Cove.

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Swan River: Round-Trip Cruise from Perth or Fremantle

7. Swan River: Round-Trip Cruise from Perth or Fremantle

Discover the delights of the Swan River by coming aboard a 2.5 hour round-trip cruise between Perth and Fremantle. Your Captain will point out all the key sights along the river, such as Perth’s impressive Bell Tower, the restored Swan Brewery, Kings Park, Royal Perth Yacht Club, the magnificent homes overlooking the river and Fremantle’s busy inner harbor.

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Perth: Full Day Swan Valley Cruise & Wine Tasting With Lunch

8. Perth: Full Day Swan Valley Cruise & Wine Tasting With Lunch

Indulge yourself on a full-day exploration of the Swan Valley in Western Australia. Located at the upper reaches of the Swan River, the region is a wine lover’s paradise, full of boutique wineries. It was the birthplace of viticulture during the early days of settlement in Western Australia. You will enjoy a leisurely river cruise from Perth along the calm Swan River, to the celebrated fertile Swan Valley. You will be welcomed on board with a morning tea, then wine tastings with a selection of cheese and biscuits.   Your boat will be the airline style, fully air-conditioned River Lady with an open bow area. Enjoy the Captain’s commentary and learn the art of wine tasting with wine, selected from one of Western Australia’s notable wineries while you relax and enjoy the scenery. Upon completion of your cruise you will be met by your coach driver and will embark on a driving tour of the Valley with visits to 2 boutique wineries and 2 breweries. Western Australia’s oldest wine region, the area is also rich with artisan food producers, including nougat and chocolate makers. You will visit an assortment of traditional and modern wineries, sampling the best the Swan Valley has to offer as you go. Stop off at a microbrewery for a refreshing ale with wedges. The entire trip is a food and wine lover’s dream ticket, combining wine, cheese, beer and chocolate tasting in a relaxed and informal setting. You will be served a scrumptious set lunch at Homestead Brewery, complete with a complimentary glass of wine, beer or cider. Move on to a chocolate tasting and truffle tasting at the boutique Margaret River Chocolate Company. The 8-hour tour with an English-speaking guide will tantalize your taste buds and tickle your palette. On the return coach journey you can take advantage of free drop-offs in Perth, Burswood or historic Guildford.

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Rottnest Island Ferry & Bike Trip from Perth or Fremantle

9. Rottnest Island Ferry & Bike Trip from Perth or Fremantle

Experience Rottnest Island at your leisure on a day trip with roundtrip fast ferry transfers and bike hire from Perth or Fremantle all included.  When booking, select your ferry departure location, either Perth or Fremantle. Depart from Perth at 8:30 am and enjoy a scenic 1-hour ferry ride 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. When you arrive at Rottnest Island, explore independently as you cycle from the jetty. You’ll see the breathtaking views going past secluded bays and beaches. Feel the breeze in your hair as you cycle around the 11km long by 4km wide island.  Visit the bays on the south to avoid the easterly winds and make your way to the Basin, Parakeet Bay and Little Armstrong Bay on the south west in the afternoon. It takes approximately 3.5 hours to ride around the island and there is no drinking water or food available outside the Thomson Bay and Geordie Bay settlement areas so pack up your supplies – water, lunch, sun cream, swimsuit, towel and camera, and off you go on a journey to paradise! Return ferry from Rottnest departs at 4:25 pm and stops at B Shed Fremantle and continues to Barrack Street Perth. 

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Wild Dolphin Swim & Cruise Day Trip from Perth

10. Wild Dolphin Swim & Cruise Day Trip from Perth

Swim with wild dolphins at Rockingham for a memorable adventure! Rockingham is a 45-minute drive south of Perth. Self-drive or benefit from optional round-trip coach transfers from Perth. In Rockingham, climb aboard the custom-built dolphin swim boat designed to make accessing the water easy. Cruise Rockingham’s sheltered bays and islands in search of any of over 200 local dolphins. The friendly crew will conduct introductory snorkelling lessons. Then it'll be time to get in the water to make the most of your wild dolphin encounter!  After your experience, enjoy refreshments on board the boat before returning to Rockingham, where your day finishes with the drive back to Perth. 

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What people are saying about Perth

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 433 reviews

We had a brilliant day at Rottnest Island. Little problems were easily solved with a quick what's app conversation. Next time I would get a bus tour as it's a long way around on a bike but still enjoyable. Quokkas are gorgeous and lovable. I loved every minute of our day.

Amazing trip to a spectacular island by ferry and had a nice adventure tour by a fast boat around the island, visiting dolphins and seals. Recommended.

Was a fabulous day, because there was hardly any swell or wind we got into a lot of the beautiful sanctuaries. Definitely recommend. Great hosts.

A nice relaxing tour on the beautiful Swan River where the guide is telling you a little about the history along the way.

Was wonderful trip with my husband and friends.. enjoyed and relaxed… breathtaking landscapes,