Rottnest Island accommodation is not what it used to be. Once upon a time there were small units and cabins and a couple of hotels to choose from, but now there’s a brand spanking new, luxurious glamping option.

The new Rottnest accommodation attracted celebrities recently, notably Chris Hemsworth and family, with the Hollywood star adding to the list of stars to snap a #quokkaselfie.

Rottnest Island Accommodation.

Discovery – Rottnest Island

The new accommodation destination Discovery – Rottnest Island is a brand new glamping retreat that opened just two weeks ago, and Chris Hemsworth was among the first guests to experience the 83-tent resort, staying in a Superior Family tent.

Complete with king-sized bed, bunk bed annexe, ensuite, kitchenette and private deck, the tents make a great base for any family holiday. 

Discovery – Rottnest Island General Manager Andy Cleverley said that it’s been a star-studded opening for the resort with visits from both Sir Bob Geldof, Chris Hemsworth and Matt Damon in the past week.

Chris Hemsworth and Andy Cleverley - Rottnest Island Accommodation
Chris Hemsworth with Discovery – Rottnest Island General Manager Andy Cleverley

“Just two weeks from opening, it was a huge privilege to host Chris, Elsa and the kids at the resort,” said Andy.

“The Hemsworth family were able to soak up the sand and sun from one of the most spectacular coastal locations in WA – Pinky Beach.”

“They enjoyed local WA flavours from Pinky’s Beach Club and experienced a true Australian holiday from the luxury of one of our beautifully appointed eco-tents,” said Andy.

Andy Cleverley

Chris was snapped at Rottnest Island with the island’s resident friendly marsupial – the quokka. In recent years the quokka has become a social media star, thanks partly to some famous friends capturing their own #quokkaselfie, including Hugh Jackman, Roger Federer, Margot Robbie and now Chris Hemsworth.

Chris and his family arrived in Western Australia last week with their entourage, including Hollywood heavyweight Matt Damon. The famous families spent the week surfing, fishing and relaxing at Red Bluff on Australia’s spectacular Coral Coast and at Rottnest Island, just 25 minutes from Perth. Matt Damon visited Rottnest Island for the day, joining Chris and his family who stayed overnight at the resort.

Rottnest Island Things to Do

When Dave and I first visited Rottnest Island we bought a combined Ferry and Bicycle tour. It was all inclusive from Perth, but you can choose to go from Fremantle too.

  • We really enjoyed the roundtrip ferry transfer from Perth.
  • Experienced Rottnest Island with the freedom of cycling
  • Enjoyed a relaxing day exploring the peaceful beaches and clear waters of the island.

Ferry and Bike Tour

Buy your ferry and bike tours Here at a great price.

Tours of Rottnest Island

For more great tours to Rottnest and on Rottnest – check out a selection of Tours here.

Rottnest Island by Jo Castro
Visit an island near Perth. Rottnest Island

Where to stay on Rottnest

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Why Visit Rottnest?

Take a selfie with a Quokka. You haven’t lived if you haven’t taken a selfie with a Quokka. These superbly cute marsupials are about the size of a domestic cat and mostly nocturnal. There are about 10,000 adorable Quokkas on Rottnest.

The island is 11km in length and 4.5kms at its widest part. There are no cars allowed on Rottnest so bicycling is a great way to discover the island. There are 3 separate bike routes you could follow, ranging from 4kms to 22kms and around 50 kilometres of roads in total.

Dive or snorkel around the reefs and shipwrecks.

Rottnest has a fascinating history and cultural heritage to discover. Find out about the history of the settlement, learn bout the Island’s aboriginal and colonial heritage, climb the lighthouse for panoramic views, learn about the reefs, wrecks and sailors of old.

Ride the Captain uses train to view a maze of tunnels beneath the WW11 Gun on Oliver Hill.

Hop on an eco-friendly Segway adventure.

Skydive over Rottnest Island.

Skydive Rottnest

There are over 63 sandy beaches and 20 tucked away bays. They are supremely photogenic – think white sandy beaches and turquoise blue seas.

At the West End you’ll find a boardwalk taking you to blowholes and caves, burrows where the muttonbirds live, and you can visit the Cathedral Rocks viewing platform to see the New Zealand Fur Seal Colony.

As an A Class Nature Reserve you can expect unique flora, fauna and history. For walkers you’ll find around 45 kms of trails – check out the Wadjemup Bidi walking trails.

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You might like to read a local Perth girl’s Guide to Rottnest. Miss Mon Bon gives some great tips on her blog Here.

With thanks to Janine Pittaway from Bright Communications for news and information.

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