Most who visit the island find it hard to leave. So, we suggest extending your island holiday by staying overnight – or longer. In other parts of the world, island stays can hit the back pocket, but on Rottnest Island there are accommodation options to suit any budget. Here are the best budget-friendly accommodation picks on Rotto.
1. Caroline Thomson Cabins Spotting
After spending the day exploring the island’s many bays and beaches, the Caroline Thomson Cabins have all you need for a restful night’s sleep. Located in the Main Settlement of Rottnest Island and surrounded by pine trees, these self-contained, super-cosy cabins have a rustic feel. Each of the cabins accommodates a maximum of six people and they’re ideal for families or a small group of friends.
Along with a kitchenette within each cedar-clad cabin, if you’re looking to grill some snags in classic Aussie style, the communal BBQs are a great option, giving you the opportunity to meet your neighbours and watch the landscape evolve as the sun sinks. You might even be lucky enough to have a visit from a curious quokka.
If you’ve come to Rottnest Island to immerse yourself in its natural beauty, camping is the way to go. Wild camping isn’t permitted as most of the Island is nature protected, so avoid a fine and stick with the Camping Ground close to the Main Settlement. The campground is close to cafes and shops, and the famous Basin beach is just a short walk away.
There are 43 non-powered sites nestled amongst the dunes, each accommodating a maximum of six people with two tents or four single swags. In true camping style, there are shared facilities, with showers and toilets that are wheelchair accessible. You’ll find an upgraded communal camp kitchen with clean cooking facilities on the grounds, which includes four BBQ plates and washing troughs. If they’re all in use, there are a further two separate free-standing BBQs within the grounds.
3. Governors Circle
Rottnest Island is an ideal getaway for groups seeking a weekend escape full of fun and adventure with so much to see and do. The Governors Circle accommodates groups of all sizes, with nine self-contained cottages with a mix of 9,13, or 18-bed bunks. The larger cottage is also access friendly, with a wheelchair ramp leading up to the door.
Initially built for soldiers in WWII, Governor’s Circle is a former military hospital and Seargent’s Mess. Don’t let that deter you though – the 1940’s architecture gives it a home-style feel, and it’s ideal for congregating over a meal to reminisce about the day that’s been and plan the day to come.
4. Rottnest Hostel
If you’re planning on spending your days out exploring the island and simply need a place to rest your head when the sun has well and truly set, the Kingston Barracks Hostel is an affordable backpacker option. The hostel is a great place to meet fellow travelers as it houses 50 beds, split over 17 rooms. Some rooms are typical hostel-style dormitories, while others are smaller 2-4 person rooms, suitable for families.
Kingston Kafe is on site for buffet-style breakfasts and dinners or whip up a meal in the fully equipped kitchen. In typical hostel style, there are communal bathrooms and a shared lounge. There is also additional outside seating for those using the communal kitchen and BBQ areas.
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