Rottnest Escape (5 Nights)
Fremantle - Rottnest Island - Fremantle
Escape the madness and soak-up the atmosphere of Perth’s much-loved island getaway – Rottnest Island. Discover more than 60 spectacular beaches and bays, each one has its own special charm and you will be certain to find one that is just right for you! See a different side of the island in the TRUE NORTH’s adventure boats – fish for tasty herring and delectable whiting, snorkel and dive the canyons and caves at ‘Crystal Palace’, perhaps marvel at stunning aerial views or simply take a wander around WA’s much-loved island resort. The TRUE NORTH’s revered cuisine will be the perfect accompaniment to five nights of stylish family adventure.
This is a sample itinerary only. Prevailing conditions, local arrangements and indeed, what we discover on the day, may cause variation. Helicopter flights can be purchased additional to the indicated tariff as a package or individually.
A short drive from the inner city of Perth, following the Swan River, will take you to the Port of Fremantle. Fremantle has a thriving arts and culinary scene and is recognised for its well preserved Victorian and Edwardian streetscapes and convict-era heritage. Embarkation is at 1700 – time for a cocktail with your fellow adventurers before we introduce you to the delights of our renowned galley!
Awake this morning at WA’s favourite island getaway, Rottnest Island! A protected nature reserve, it’s home to the quokka, a small wallaby-like marsupial often famed for posing in ‘selfies’ with celebrity visitors! There will be plenty of opportunities for beach combing, relaxed snorkelling in waist deep water or perhaps spend some quality time in search of the catch of the day! The SCUBA divers will revel in the warm waters of the Leeuwin Current and explore pristine reefs which feature a variety of corals and fish, unique swim throughs and hidden caves. The ship’s helicopter will provide a different perspective of the island showcasing stunning views of turquoise bays, pink salt lakes and historic lighthouses.
When you’re not on excursion, relax onboard TRUE NORTH and enjoy our revered cuisine in air-conditioned comfort. The alfresco bar will definitely be the spot to witness your first ‘Rotto Sunset’.
Join your fellow adventurers for a morning sightseeing cruise in one of our comfortable adventure boats – take in the beauty of the north-eastern side of the island as we cruise around Bathurst Point, Pinky Beach and The Basin, perhaps pull up to the beach for a swim or wander up to the island bakery! Join-in the fun as we ‘drop some pots’ in search of the famed western rock lobster. Alternatively, take a bus or bike your way around the island at your leisure.
The delights of the reef are just a fin kick away this afternoon as our divers and snorkelers discover Parker Point – in swimming pool like conditions you will be astounded by the colours of corals and fish alike. Don’t forget your underwater camera! Or perhaps you’d like to visit Oliver Hill - located in the centre of the island it features military remnants from World War II. Explore this nationally significant heritage site on a tour with our private island guide.
The helicopter will take to the sky’s today for a VIP experience like no other! Take in views of the Swan River and the City of Perth before landing amongst the vineyards for a private tour and tasting at our feature winery. Finish the day with a cocktail before another unforgettable evening meal!
TRUE NORTH will shift anchorages today and move to the south western side of the island. Fishing is a favourite pastime for many visitors to Rottnest Island with opportunities for anglers of every skill level. Just a few kilometres off West End the continental shelf drops away rapidly and the adventure boats will troll in search of dolphin fish, samson fish, yellowtail kingfish and mackerel.
The divers and snorkelers will also be away again – the diversity of fish, coral species and shipwrecks in the waters around Rottnest Island are truly remarkable given such close proximity to a capital city. Rottnest always proves to be relaxed and fun-filled no matter which activity you choose! Finish the day with sunset beach drinks – indulge in the chef’s seafood delights together with a glass of champagne as the sun sets on a blazing West Coast! Then it’s back to the ultimate comfort of TRUE NORTH!
This morning we continue our exploration of the southern side of the island. The naturalist will lead a sightseeing expedition around Fish Hook Bay, hopefully the lobster pots will produce and, there will be more not to be missed fishing opportunities.
A short cruise this afternoon will take us to our anchorage at secluded Carnac Island. The island is home to Australian sea lions, New Zealand fur seals, bottlenose dolphins and an abundance of bird life. Explore the underwater world on a dive or snorkel, enjoy a swim in the crystal-clear waters or relax under the shade of our colourful umbrellas! Take a standup board for a paddle or explore the coastline in one of our twin kayaks. The fishing boats will depart in search of herring, tailor and whiting or venture further to target pink snapper and dhufish!
Helicopter flights will also be on offer today – enjoy a magnificent aerial perspective of Fremantle boat harbour, iconic Cottesloe beach, the Swan River and the Perth City skyline! After another action-packed day, join the crew in the bar lounge and reflect on shared adventure as we re-live what is guaranteed to be an experience of a lifetime.
Early morning arrival in Fremantle in time to disembark at 0800.
Maiden Voyage in 2020!