11 days in Rottnest Island & Melbourne Itinerary

11 days in Rottnest Island & Melbourne Itinerary

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11 days in Rottnest Island & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Drive + ferry:  8​h 30​min
1
Rottnest Island
— 2 nights
ferry + Drive:  8​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 7 nights
End: Melbourne

2
nights
Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island ©
Rottnest Island is an island off the coast of Western Australia, located 18km west of Fremantle. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Rottnest Island Museum, kick back and relax at The Basin, and then explore the activities along Rottnest Island Salt Lakes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Salmon Bay, enjoy the sea views from Wadjemup Lighthouse, and then kick back and relax at Parakeet Bay.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Rottnest Island trip maker site .

Melbourne to Rottnest Island is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and ferry. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Australian Western Standard Time is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Rottnest Island: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Rottnest Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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The Basin ©
The Basin
Parakeet Bay ©
Parakeet Bay
Wadjemup Lighthouse ©
Wadjemup Lighthouse

7
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Escape the urban bustle at St. Kilda Beach and Sandridge Beach. Do your shopping at Melbourne Central and Lightning Ridge Opal Mines. Change things up with a short trip to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay (about 1h 40 min away). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Half Moon Bay, browse the different shops at Bourke Street Mall, hunt for treasures at South Melbourne Market, and take a stroll through Collins St/Swanston St.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip builder .

Traveling by combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Rottnest Island to Melbourne takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Rottnest Island to Melbourne is 2 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Rottnest Island in December; daily highs in Melbourne reach 30°C and lows reach 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

St. Kilda Beach, The Great Ocean Road
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St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Balloon Rides

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