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Rottnest Island Carnivale proudly supporting Telethon!

Rottnest Island Carnivale is back again with a full day and night of festivities raising funds for our very important charity partner, Telethon.

Come over with your family and friends for an exciting island-wide celebration with loads of free entertainment and activities, outdoor cinema, live performances and a Halloween themed Food Village!

Take a look at this year's Event Program.

If you enjoyed Carnivale this year, why not enjoy next year’s event and take a longer break at the same time. The special offer below is only available for a limited time.

The next Carnivale is scheduled for Saturday 28 October 2017 and to capitalise on the popularity of the event we will be offering a 20% discount on select unit types with the following T&C’s:

• Min 4 night stay that must include Saturday 28 October 2017
• Booking must be confirmed by 30 December 2016
• New bookings only
• Not available online
• Guest must quote Carnivale16 at time of booking
• All unit types excluding GVC, Hostel, Dorms and Camping Ground.

Phone our friendly reservations team on 08 9432 9111 or 1800 111 111 (WA Country Callers) to book NOW! 

SPECIAL ferry tickets with part proceeds to Telethon - return tickets from $29!
  • $29 same-day return from Fremantle (BShed & Northport) with Rottnest Express
  • $39 same-day return from Hillarys Boat Harbour with Rottnest Fast Ferries
  • $49 same-day return from Perth (Barrack St) with Rottnest Express
  • $59 extended-stay return from Fremantle (BShed & Northport) with Rottnest Express
  • $59 extended-stay return from Hillarys Boat Harbour with Rottnest Fast Ferries

Heavily reduced boating admission fees  

  • $5 (per person) admission fees available when paid at the Visitors Centre between 8.30am and 4.30pm, on Saturday 29 October 2016 

Carnivale By Day (10am - 4pm) - A spectacular day of fun for families

From 10 - 4pm, the Island will be teaming with devious pirates, majestic mermaids, Telethon Adventurers and much, much more.  Various event zones will be dotted around the Island with bundles of entertainment and activities for families and friends to enjoy.

Discount Bike Hire (Rottnest Island Pedal & Flipper)

Half day bike hire for just $10! There are two session times you can hire between:

8:30am - 12:30pm OR 12:30pm - 4:30pm.

Bike hire is on a first come, first serve basis so make sure you head straight to Pedal & Flipper to check availability as you come off your ferry.

Hotel Rottnest Activities

Entertainment such as Alley Games will be running from 1.00pm - 5.00pm.

A range of food options will be on offer, including a Bistro Menu between 12.00pm - 9.00pm and Spooky Pop Up - Halloween Inspired Food options from 3.00pm.

Activities at The Lodge (Karma Rottnest)

There are a range of treats on offer this year including Karma Spa between 10.00am and 4.00pm at The Basin, Poolside DJ and Tapas, $10 Cocktails with part proceeds going to Telethon and wicked Wine Tasting.

Quokka & Crafts / Environment Team (Dome Grassed Area)
  • Quokka mask making
  • Yarns for youngsters
  • Face painting
  • Kite making
  • Sustainability activities
  • Food theatre by The Forever Project
  • Giant bubble blowing
  • WA Birds of Prey display
Mermaid Zone (North Thomson)
  • Bubble soccer
  • Pirate Pete shows
  • Rottnest Island mermaids
  • Just 4 Fun Aqua Park
Rottnest Circus and Entertainment Zone
  • Zumba
  • Dancing
  • Pirate Shows
  • Circus performances
  • Doorum dancers
  • Fire truck display
Kids Zone with Telethon Adventurers (Sports Oval)
  • Archery Tag
  • Mini Segway tours
  • Pirate ship bouncy castle
  • Spider mountain
  • Obstacle course
  • Zorb balls
  • KZ Café
Health and Lifestyle Zone (Basin)
  • SUP board activity
  • Yoga
  • Bootcamp
  • Swimming & snorkelling – self guided activity
  • Massage station
  • Dunk tank
Roving Entertainment
  • WASamba
  • Tractor train
  • Stilt walkers
  • Kite display
World Wide Fund (WWF) Zone

Come and learn about Quokkas and WWF’s other threatened species programs in south west WA.
  • Visit Pirate Panda
  • Black-flanked rock-wallaby & joey photo board
  • Panda and rock-wallaby face mask making

Pirate Treasure Hunt Competition

Pick up a Pirate Treasure Map upon arrival so that you can collect special stamps when exploring each zone. Collect ALL SIX zone stamps and tell us about your favourite zone for a chance to WIN an Instax instant camera & Rottnest Prize Pack!*

Hint: Download the Rottnest Island app and then look for the Rottnest Carnivale tour for help finding each zone. Also look out for the BONUS Carnivale Tour for those staying for the night festivities.

Entry Barrel will be located outside of the Visitor Centre. 


Carnivale By Night (5pm - late) - A fine evening of food and entertainment

From 5pm til late, watch as the Island transforms into a fine evening of food and entertainment. Put on your spookiest outfit and join us on a Trick or Treat tour, take part in a "best dressed competition" or relax under the stars at the outdoor cinema. Various venues throughout the island will also be hosting festivities.

Trick or Treat Zone
  • Dancing and music
  • Trick or treat crafts and bag making
  • Trick or treat tour with all businesses offering lollies
  • Best dressed Halloween competition
  • Halloween Face Painting
  • Roving Halloween games and activities
  • Evening walks and tours - lighthouse, wildlife, Ghosts and Mysteries Tour
  • Halloween Carnivale photobooth

Zombie Silent Disco Zone

What's the matter? Cat got your tongue? Join the other zombies at a silent disco where music takes over your mind and control of your body!

Halloween Food Village Zone in the Settlement Mall
  • Halloween themed food village from 5pm
  • Halloween themed long table dinner

Outdoor Cinema Zone at Heritage Common Lawn

Grab some snacks from the Settlement Food Village and bring your picnic blanket for a charming evening under the stars. This year the Outdoor Cinema will featuring a scary classic (PG) the whole family can enjoy.

Hotel Rottnest Zone

A range of drinks will be on offer on the night thanks to some spooky Specialty Bars and a spell-binding DJ will be hitting the decks between 8.00pm - 11.00pm.

Other Food & Beverage Zones be announced soon!

Getting There

Rottnest Express:

Return ferry fares from Fremantle (BShed & Northport terminals). Rottnest Express is offering same day return ferries departing regularly throughout the whole day. Book now for an exciting day of family fun at or call the friendly sales team on 1300 GO ROTTO (1300 467 688).

Fremantle Parking Options

Available at both Fremantle Terminals; with secure day parking at the Northport Terminal from just $12 and public parking at the B Shed Terminal in Victoria Quay from $10 per day. BShed Terminal is also easily accessible by public transport.

Rottnest Fast Ferries

Return ferries available from Hillarys Boat Harbour. Travel to the Island for just $39 from Hillarys Boat Harbour and enjoy free parking at the ferry terminal. For details, visit or call the helpful reservation team on (08) 9246 1039. View the Rottnest Fast Ferries timetable.

Hillarys Parking Options:

Enjoy free all-day parking at Hillarys Boat Harbour.

Proudly sponsored by  Proudly supported by
  • Hotel Rottnest
  • Rottnest Lodge
  • Aristos Waterfront Restaurant
  • Geordie Bay Café
  • The Lane Café
  • Rottnest Island Country Club
  • Segway Tours WA
  • Rottnest Bakery & Café
  • Rottnest Island Pedal & Flipper
  • Rottnest Voluntary Guides Association
  • Pelagic Operations
  • Dome Rottnest
  • Rottnest Air Taxi
  • Simmos Icecream
  • Quokka Joes
  • Programmed Facility Management