If you have a few days in Perth I can recommend a day out to Rottnest Island and a great way to get there is by the Rotness Express ferry. We went on New Year's Day and the services were very busy. As a result we sailed from Barrack St in Perth and back into Fremantle though that isn't much of a hardship as the train back to Perth is near the ferry terminal. The ferry runs slowly in the Swan River, during which free coffee and tea are available, but once out on the ocean it speeds up and can be quite bumpy so those of you who suffer motion sickness beware. Fares are not particularly cheap but they include the entrance fee to the island. You can buy a package which includes bike hire, scuba hire and other activities as well but these are also available to hire on the island. We hired bikes and did the circuit of the island. We saw a few Quokkas on the way round, one of which bit my daughter's finger, but there were more of them scavenging in the small settlement around the port. They are very cute but beware of those sharp teeth! The ferry times are 40 minutes from Fremantle and about two hours from Barrack St.
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