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From Perth or Fremantle: Rottnest Island Ferry and Bus Tour

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 30-minute journey to Rottnest Island. Meet your tour guide at Rottnest Island Settlement Main Bus Station 15 minutes prior to the tour start time. Hop on the bus tour and 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 & Bike Trip

From Perth: Rottnest Island Ferry & Bike Trip

Experience Rottnest Island at your leisure on a day trip with round-trip fast ferry transfers and bike hire from Perth. Admire the stunning views as you cycle the 11km long island. Depart from Perth and enjoy a scenic 1-hour ferry ride with live commentary along the Swan River to Fremantle before heading to the island. Disembark at Rottnest Island and explore independently as you cycle from the jetty. Take in the views along secluded bays and beaches and breathe the fresh air as you cycle 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 southwest in the afternoon.

Swan River: Round-Trip Cruise from Perth or Fremantle

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.

From Perth: Rottnest Island Ferry & Bus Tour

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 a 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 about 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 Perth or Fremantle: Swan River One-Way or Return Cruise

From Perth or Fremantle: Swan River One-Way or Return Cruise

Embark on a scenic cruise along the picturesque Swan River! The perfect way to travel between Perth and Fremantle.  Enjoy a relaxing ride with unlimited tea and coffee accompanied by stunning views and commentary. Sit in air-conditioned comfort or take a stroll out on the spacious open decks. Savour complimentary wine tastings on selected departures from Fremantle. Admire the waterfront scenery from Perth’s downtown skyline, upscale suburbs and yacht clubs, to the beautiful cliff faces of Black Wall Reach, the famous Point Walter "Spit" and Perth's iconic ‘Blue Boat House’ (Crawley Edge Boatshed).  Disembark in Perth or Fremantle and explore the city at your leisure. 

Swan River Lunch Cruise from Perth

Swan River Lunch Cruise from 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.

From Fremantle: Rottnest Island Ferry & Bus Day Tour

From Fremantle: Rottnest Island Ferry & Bus Day Tour

Enjoy a full-day adventure to Rottnest Island with ferry transfers from Fremantle, a 1.5-hour discovery bus tour, and free time to explore.  Join the ferry at Fremantle for a 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 about 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 Fremantle.

Perth: Swan River Dinner Cruise with Beverages

Perth: Swan River Dinner Cruise with Beverages

Join an evening dinner cruise on the Swan River to see the impressive Perth city skyline after sunset. Your evening begins in Central Perth, where you’ll board your boat for your journey down the Swan River. Enjoy a glass of wine, beer or soft drink provided throughout your cruise, and marvel at the twilight views of the city. Dinner includes a buffet of hot and cold dishes. Salads, bread, dessert, coffee and tea accompany your meal. Enjoy live entertainment on board the boat. Surprise entertainment may also be in store! Cocktails can be purchased from the full bar. After a delightful evening experience, the cruise returns you to Perth at 10:00 PM. Sample menu  (subject to change):   Turkish bread with olive oil  Cold dishes  • King prawns with cocktail sauce  • Selection of gourmet salads with side dressings  • Leg ham and continental meat selection served with assorted chutneys and mustards  • Assorted fresh dinner rolls  Hot dishes  • Rosemary and garlic-infused roast beef with red wine jus  • Thai-style chicken curry with steamed jasmine rice  • Baked vegetarian lasagna  • Roasted herb potatoes served with sour cream  • Medley of vegetables  Dessert  • Sliced seasonal fruit  • Assorted gateaux

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

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. STRICTLY 18 AND OVER 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.

Rottnest Island Day Trip by Ferry & Adventure Boat Tour

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.

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What people are saying about Swan River

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4.6
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recommend 11:15 tour so that you can enjoy the points you did not see from the tour during the free time :)

Food was delicious, good variety. Great choice in drinks, very well organized.

Absolutely amazing trip guide on bus tour was great highly recommend this trip

The lunch cruise was was relaxing and we enjoyed cruising the Swan River

Great food, great entertainment, had a lovely night