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“A Pricy holiday.......but relaxing” 3 of 5 stars
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Rottnest Island Authority
Visitor Center, Cockburn, Rottnest Island, Western Australia 6959, Australia   |  
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“A Pricy holiday.......but relaxing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012

We had two cottages at Bathurst with our daughters together with my wifes brother and his daughters and their children. Accommodation is very basic and highly priced for what you get but then you are at Rottnest. Was reasonably clean but definetly could have been better and the two units could do with some maintenence to spruce up a little.
Its great to have fun with the family and not worry about having to drive, together with the beach and unique character of Rottnest.......but from a price point its getting out of reach.....cheaper to go to Bali

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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2011

I have been going to Rottnest for many years with my family and it has always been a highlight of our year.We have just returned from a 6 night stay and have to say that the Rottnest Island Authority has made it just too expensive for most to stay there.We booked a year in advance(as you used to have to to get accomodation).The accomodation had to be paid for on booking.It cost us $1100.00 for 6 nights in a 4 bed Villa in Bathurst.The Island now charges you $20 per person as part of the ferry booking just to get on the Island.So the Ferry fees were $304.00 for 2 adults & two concessions.The units are well decked out with bedding and towels and a small round soap for each person.You need to supply all toilet paper and the dishwashing supply lasted 4 days.The accomodation is clean but basic.Newish utensils and a decent sized fridge.The General Store has everything you need for your stay but be prepared to pay more on the Island for your shopping.They will deliver to your unit.
The Island is still wonderful with an abundance of wildlife.We saw
sharks,whales,stingrays,lizards & quokkas everywhere and the beaches were lovely and clean.Still a wonderful place to take your kids of any age but I do warn you that on school holidays the nights & beaches are overun with teenagers and the police chasing them up.Harmless fun but might change your mind about what time of the year you go.If you are a tourist wanting to go to Rotto, do the day trip on the early boat.You can do the whole Island in a day and save on the expense of an overnight stay.The Bayseeker bus is a must and give yourself a couple of hours to jump on and off at each of the beaches.A bike is only $14 to take on the Ferry and would be a brilliant option as even a novice cyclist can do the trip around.Cant fault the island for all it has to offer but when will the price increases end.Soon only the rich will be able to afford to make the trip.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Rottnest Island Authority

Address: Visitor Center, Cockburn, Rottnest Island, Western Australia 6959, Australia
Location: Australia > Western Australia > Greater Perth > Cockburn > Rottnest Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Specialty lodging in Rottnest Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sit back relax and take in the Island charm. With all the essential amenities supplied, the self contained accommodation is one of the most popular types of lodging on the Island. With its own kitchen, bathroom and separate bedrooms and linen and bath towels included our self contained accommodation gives you peace of mind and time to relax with the comforts of home. Self Contained Accommodation: Superior View Cottages: Imagine waking up to an uninterrupted ocean view from your Superior cottage. With only a handful of Superior View Cottages on the Island located within Thomson Bay, Bathurst Point and Kingstown, they are a treasured piece of Rottnest history. Cottages are defined as heritage and have been refurbished within the constraints of the heritage regulations. Cottages come in the configurations of four bed, six bed and eight bed. Heritage View Cottages: What better way to discover about Rottnest Island and its history than to stay in one of our cherished Heritage Cottages. Like the Superior View Cottages they offer marvelous views and are situated within Thomson Bay offering a fascinating insight to Rottnest history. Cottages are defined as heritage and have been refurbished. Cottages come in the configurations of four bed, six bed and eight bed.Premium View Villas: With beautiful views over the tranquil bays on Rottnest Island, Villas are the most popular type of accommodation on the Island. Having all been refurbished in the past five years, Villas are located in Thomson Bay, Bathurst, Longreach Bay, Fays Bay and Geordie Bay. Villas come in configurations of four bed, six bed and eight bed.Premium Units: With a cosy and relaxing atmosphere Units are situated back from the beach and are a very similar layout to Villas. Units can be found in Thomson Bay, Bathurst, Fays Bay along with one Unit in Longreach Bay and Geordie Bay. Having all been refurbished in the past five years Units come with the configurations of four bed, six bed and eight beds.Basic Accommodation: Looking for a more budget style of accommodation but still wanting some home comforts? Our basic accommodation options are a great choice. Bungalows and Cabins are situated within the Thomson Bay area. Basic accommodation comes without linen, bath towels or TVs and Caroline Thomson Cabins have no Microwaves. All these items are available for hire by contacting Central Reservations at least 24 hours prior to your arrival. Bungalows: Built in the 1920’s, the Bungalows provide a wonderful experience of Rottnest Island. Bungalows were one of the first types of holiday accommodation on the Island and have a relaxed atmosphere. The bungalows have been refurbished but have retained their important heritage charm. Bungalows now come with private bathrooms and newly refurbished kitchen, Bungalows come in configurations of four bed and six bed only. Caroline Thomson Cabins: These comfortable cabins are located within the Thomson Bay area next to the Allison Camping Ground. The cedar-clad cabins were opened in January 2002, were refurbished in 2008 and offer cosy budget style accommodation. The one room cabins contain a kitchenette, two sets of bunks and a double bed with a separate bathroom attached. The cabins can sleep up to six guests. Camping on Rottnest Island: Rottnest Island is an ‘A’ Class Nature Reserve and there is only one designated camping area on the Island located within the Thomson Bay area. Guests found camping outside of the Camping Ground are at risk of receiving an infringement from the Rottnest Island Rangers. The Camping Ground is located within the Thomson Bay area just behind the Caroline Thomson Cabins. The partly shaded camping grounds must be booked and guests are obliged to provide their own tent. The sites are unpowered and open fires or generators are not permitted. Each site is allocated 50sqm. The Camping Ground offers basic camping facilities with BBQs, lighting and water tap as well as a nearby ablution block. Camp sites are limited to a maximum of six people per site and a maximum of 1 large or 2 small tents. Please note: No alcohol will be delivered to the Camping Ground. ... more   less 
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