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Spend An Evening On Island, Rotto’s Slinging Late-Night Return Ferries From Just $35

By Claire Logan – who worked in Perth delis, cafes and restaurants for over 10 years before pouring her passion into writing

Rottnest Island sunset

If your days at work are spent lusting after sun soaked days by the beach, you're in luck. Rottnest After Dark is making it super easy to get out for an afternoon quickie.

From now til April, you can jump on a 2pm ferry for as little as $35 per person and spend an evening exploring Perth’s favourite island. And with so much to see and do, it might just be the perfect excuse to cancel that meeting and take the afternoon off. 

Get your quokka selfie out of the way and ride directly to one of Rottnest’s tranquil bays for an afternoon swim, make tracks to the recently reopened Wadjemup Museum and learn more about the history of the island, or jump aboard a sunset sailing cruise and try your hand at fishing for your dinner. It’s really up to you.

If you’re looking for a drink, pull into Frankie’s for cocktail hour then head to Hotel Rottnest or Pinky’s Beach Club for some live music and a few pints. For dinner, you could tuck into an epic seafood platter at Thomsons, enjoy sophisticated share plates at Lontara (part of the new Samphire Hotel) or indulge in a three course farm to table feast at Riva’s. Just don’t forget to swing past Simmos for a late night ice cream cone before you depart.

Plus, keep an eye out as all summer long there’ll be plenty of different late-night events popping up on the island. And on Fridays there’s even a ferry departing at 6:30pm so you could go straight after work. Pretty good, right?

Rottnest After Dark’s late-night return fares are available now through til April so round up your crew and get booking.

The Details

What: Rottnest Island After Dark—cheap late night return ferry fares to Rottnest Island
When: Now til April
Cost: From $35 per person
More information available

Need more inspo? Here's how to explore Rottnest like never before.

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