Rottnest Island is an island 18km off the coast of Western Australia. If you’re short on open-water marathon swimming skills, fear not! Ferries go back and forth to Rottnest all day. There’s always hitching a ride over on a mate’s boat if you can swing it, too!
There’s two different ferry services operating that we recommend for Castaway. Southsiders, it’s best for you to catch the ferry that leaves from Fremantle. Northies, best to go the ferry that leaves from Hillarys Boat Harbour.
Buying Your Ferry Ticket
When you purchase your ticket for Castaway, you’ll automatically get directed to purchase a discounted ferry ticket.
Otherwise, hit up the sites directly:
Rottnest Express : https://www.rottnestexpress.com.au
Use this special Castaway code for discounted ferry ticket at check-out: CASTAWAYTB16
Rottnest Fast Ferries https://www.rottnestfastferries.com.au/
(no discount on tickets)
Gates open at 12pm.
Festival finishes at 6.15pm.
Make sure you check your ticket details carefully so you don’t end up at the wrong terminal and miss your boat!
FREMANTLE FERRY – ROTTNEST EXPRESS
B Shed, Victoria Quay, Fremantle – An easy stroll from Freo train station.
HILLARY’S FERRY – FAST FERRIES
Hillarys Boat Harbour, end of Hepburn Ave. Free parking at Hillarys Boat Harbour. Or catch the 456 bus from Greenwood Train station (Joondalup Line)