Rottnest Express

Ferries - North Fremantle, WA

The smoothest and fastest ferry to Rottnest Island.

Northport Ferry Terminal, 1 Emma Place, Rous Head,, North Fremantle WA 6159

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About Us

About Rottnest Express

  • High quality tourism experiences
  • Exceptional service
  • Disability assistance
  • Three conveniently located terminals
  • Fare to suit your travel needs
To grow a sustainable tourism business, where people love to travel and our staff love to work.
The vision of Rottnest Express is to be the number one ferry operator servicing Rottnest Island by providing the best possible experience to local, interstate and international visitors. We are the island's largest and most experienced cruise company, operating daily year-round services from Perth and Fremantle.

Rottnest Express is Rottnest Island's (located in Western Australia) largest and most experienced cruise company, operating daily year-round services from Perth and Fremantle. We offer an extensive range of both fully-escorted and self-guided day tour packages including complimentary morning transfers from hotels in Perth and Fremantle, guided introductory walking tour, a variety of on-island activities followed by an array of sumptuous lunch options.

Rottnest Island has so many unique and diverse experiences, where family fun, wildlife encounters, or time to relax awaits you. Located just 19km off the mainland, Rottnest Island offers endless possibilities. Rottnest Island is an 'A' Class Nature Reserve and is widely regarded as one of WA's "best kept secrets".

Rottnest Express currently departs from three conveniently located terminals.B-Shed offers a convenient departure point for Rottnest, it's an easy stroll from Fremantle train station. Northport has over 400 secure car parking bays, passengers can enjoy the convenience of driving right up to the terminal! Barrack Street Jetty departures enjoy a picturesque cruise along the Swan River with commentary from our experienced hosts as you travel to Fremantle for your departure to Rottnest.

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Also trades as
Rottnest Express
Also listed under
Boat Hire

Products and Services


Bicycles, Buses, Cars, Trailers


Rottnest Island

Hours of Operation

Open Monday - Friday, Open Saturdays, Open Sundays

Service Option

Reservations Accepted, Scheduled Services




Harbour Cruises, Private Parties





Payment Concern

Concession Discounts, Rentals


Accredited, Licensed



Additional Locations

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  • If a member of a group wants to change their departure/return time, Can tickets be split?

    Tickets can only be split prior to departure from Perth or Fremantle. Once on the island, tickets cannot be split by phone. If someone wishes to come back earlier than those on the tickets, someone will have to come down to the boat with that individual. The crew will manually remove the individual from that ticket, allow them on, and give the ticket back to the passengers returning later. To avoid this situation please book separate tickets for those returning at different times.

  • Do we need to book?

    Bookings are essential to guarantee a seat on our boats. Each of our vessels is licensed to carry a certain number of passengers. Pre-Booking ensures that a seat is reserved for you on the departure of your choice. We will still sell available tickets on the day prior to departure, but these are subject to availability.

  • Can departure times be changed?

    Tickets can be changed at any point by calling our reservations line on 1300 467 688. There is no cost involved, however it is subject to availability. If changes are made prior to departure for Rottnest, tickets will need to be exchanged at the counter at the departure terminal to show the correct times.

  • How easily can lost tickets be replaced?

    Unfortunately, due to the nature of the tickets we cannot replace them once they have been issued. Please ensure that tickets are kept safe until your return journey or additional charges will apply.

  • What happens if Labels are damaged or missing when I pack up for my return?

    The Island Visitor Centre at the foot of the ferry jetty has labels for return available. It is strongly recommended that you attach the original labels in a manner to ensure they can be utilised for your return, as replacement labels require you to fill out your details manually.

  • How early do we need to get to the terminal?

    We advise that all passengers arrive at the terminal 30 minutes prior to departure. This allows enough time to park vehicles, label & load luggage/bikes, and collect your ferry tickets. Final Boarding call is 5 minutes prior to departure. A vessel cannot wait for passengers that are not ready to go.

  • How does bike hire work? Where do we collect the bikes from?

    Bike hire can be booked directly with any of our reservations team or online when making a booking. Bikes that are booked are loaded onto our boats at Northport and taken across to the island. When bikes have been booked a voucher will be issued (either over the counter or as an E-Ticket printout). Our crew on Rottnest will then exchange that voucher for the bikes on the jetty. You can simply ride them away, and then drop them back off to the boat you are departing on.

  • What luggage won't be delivered?

    Items such as surfboards, surf-skis, fishing rods, bicycles, dive tanks, craypots and golf bags are not able to be delivered and must be collected and transported by the owner from the main jetty upon arrival at Rottnest.