Accessibility at Rottnest

Rottnest Island provides an access and facility-friendly holiday destination for all visitors. With wide pathways, easy to read signage and ramps to most facilities Rottnest Island is easily accessible. There is also plenty of outdoor seating and numerous toilet facilities.

The Rottnest Island Authority also offers a number of specially designed chalets to help make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. There are also wheelchairs and electric scooters (gophers) available for hire and the Island has a wheelchair compatible shuttle bus for access to and from the ferries.

Rottnest Island also has a fully accredited Changing Place facility for visitors with accessibility issues. It is located at the Henderson Avenue ablution block – near the Holy Trinity Catholic Church. The location of the Changing Place is shown in this map. MLAK users are already be able to access the facility. Keys can also be requested from the Visitor Centre.

For more information, please visit the Changing Places website. 

Getting Here

Rottnest Island ferry companies provide transfers to the Island from Perth City, North Fremantle (Rous Head), Fremantle (Victoria Quay) and Hillarys Boat Harbour in Perth’s north. 

Ferries to Rottnest Island take approximately 25 minutes from Fremantle, 45 minutes from Hillarys Boat Harbour, and 90 minutes from Perth's Barrack Street Jetty.

Rottnest Express 

The Star Flyte Express is equipped to enable easy access for wheelchairs and passengers travelling in wheelchairs are asked to ensure that tickets are booked on this vessel only. Star Flyte departs from Perth (Barrack Street) and North Fremantle (Rous Head) terminals.

Phone:  1300 467 688 (1300 GO ROTTO)


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Rottnest Fast Ferries

The MV Seaflyte vessel departs from Hillarys Boat Harbour and is fully wheelchair and pram accessible.

Phone:  +61 8 9246 1039


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SeaLink Rottnest Island

The SeaLink Rottnest Island vessel is wheelchair and disabled access friendly. To assist with passenger comfort and safety, any passengers travelling in a wheelchair or bringing a pram (stowed or taken onboard) will be given priority boarding.

Please inform staff at the time of booking if a passenger will be travelling in a wheelchair as there are limited spaces onboard.

Phone: 1300 QUOKKA or +61 (0)8 9325 9352

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Alternatively, smaller groups may wish to travel by air.

Getting Around

There are several options available to make getting around a breeze on Rottnest Island.

Wheelchairs and Mobility Assistance Options

Wheelchairs and Walkers are available to borrow (with a small bond payable) from the Visitor Centre.

The Sandcruiser All-Terrain Beach Wheelchair travels over sand, grass/turf, mud, gravel, and small rocks due to its special balloon wheels facilitating use on trails and beaches allowing easier access into the water 

Sandcruiser specifications:

• Seat width 460mm, to suit up to 450mm hip width
• Seat height approx. 500mm
• Length overall 1200 mm including footrest
• Maximum width 980mm
• Height from ground to top handles 1020mm
• Weight assembled 25kg (approximately)

The Beach Walker-All-Terrain Walker Rollator is specifically designed to navigate soft beach sand for easier access to the water plus mud, gravel, grass, rocks, road and concrete surfaces. 

Beach Walker Rollator specifications:

• Weight 11.7 kg
• Maximum Payload 120kg
• Seat Height 55cm
• Seat Dimensions 41cm x 28cm
• Handle Height 86cm –95cm from the floor
• Length 91.2cm
• Width 90cm

Pedal & Flipper provide the following specialty equipment for guests requiring mobility assistance:

  • Electric scooters (Gophers) 
  • Accessible Bikes
  • Rehatri Handcycle Recumbent Trike
  • WIKE Special Needs Trailer - Large
Please note that a security bond applies. 

Accessible Buggy

Rottnest Island offers a petrol-powered golf cart for island visitors permanently confined to a wheelchair in the company of a carer. Please note that the cart is not fitted with hand controls.

The cart is offered to provide an independent experience out on the island reserve and is not for use within the Settlement area or for overnight use.

The buggy must be booked at least one week in advance of your visit to allow time for your carer to apply for a permit to drive on Rottnest Island.

Please contact Pedal & Flipper for bookings and additional information.

Guide and Assistance Dogs

Guide and assistance dogs are of course welcome on Rottnest Island Island. For further information, please contact the Rottnest Island Rangers on +61 8 9372 9788.  

Bus and Train Tours

If you use a wheelchair and would like to go on one of our bus tours, or travel to one of the outer bays, please contact ADAMS on +61 8 6270 6007 in advance to confirm the availability of the bus with wheelchair lift. The train to Oliver Hill Gun Battery is accessible for people in wheelchairs, but the tunnels below the guns have many stairs in a narrow stairway. The beautiful view from the top of Oliver Hill can still be enjoyed.

Accessible Accommodation

There are several wheelchair compatible accommodation options available on Rottnest Island:

Rottnest Island Authority

Rottnest Island Authority offer eight units that have been renovated for ease of access for people with mobility impairment. These are located in Central Thomson Bay (2 units), Geordie Bay (1 unit), Longreach Bay (3 units), Bathurst (1 unit) and Thomson Bay South (1 unit). Full details of facilities in these units can be sent to you upon request. Please contact Rottnest Island Reservations on 1800 111 111 or email your enquiry.

Further accommodation is available at Kingstown Environmental Education Centre. Please call +61 8 9372 9780 for more information. 

Access to Facilities

Within the Thomson Bay settlement there is ramp access to the Visitor Centre. Wheelchair accessible toilets are located behind Digby Drive near the shopping precinct, on Henderson Street, and also close to Dome Café and Hotel Rottnest on Bedford Avenue.

Restaurants, cafes and bars

The Dome Cafe, situated in Thomson Bay with beautiful views back to Fremantle and Perth, cater for people with a mobility impairment. Access to Dome Café is at the same level as the footpath and the Dome Cafe is accessed by a ramp from the footpath. The Hotel Rottnest beer garden is on street level, making it accessible for everyone. There is an access ramp to the Main Bar when entering through the main gates, Bedford Avenue.

Beach access and hire equipment

There is ocean access via a ramp into the water at Thomson Bay, north of the Visitor Centre. At Geordie and Longreach Bay there are steps leading down to the beach and no ramp. Beach access in general is difficult for people with mobility impairment, however Rottnest Island Authority is continually implementing planned improvements over time.

Disabled access printable information

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