The Rottnest Carnivale 2017 is one of the more popular events in the Perth Region. It is the one time of the year where you can enjoy the Rottnest Experience at an affordable price.
Last year, I took the family over to see the island. I forgot to purchase ferry tickets ahead of time, and as a result ended up leaving late morning which meant that we missed out on some amazing experience.
So if you are planning to see the festival this year, here is a quick guide to help you have a more enjoyable experience:
Ferry tickets to this event book quickly. So make sure you book now. For only $29.00 return from Fremantle, this is one event you do not want to leave to the last minute.
2. Take Motion Sickness Pills
Motion Sickness does not impact me, however it impacted a LOT of people on the ferry. If you are prone to motion sickness, make sure you have something before you board.
3. Plan for Snacks.
Yes, you can take a picnic basket with you. However, make sure you pack foods that won’t perish in the day. Furthermore, make sure you ‘picnic basket’ is a backpack. Carrying a basket/bag around all day is a real mood killer.
4. Bus or Bike?
There are very few cars on Rottnest Island. Transport is either Bus or Bike! Of course, you can walk it but it may take you longer than a day. So here is the in’s and out’s about transport!
There is a logistic fee if you plan to take your bicycle. This ranges about $15.00 return fair.
You can also hire a bike from Rottnest Ferries or on Rottnest Island. However, here is the small print many people forget to read. There is a bicycle deposit of about $50.00. Then there is also a hire fee for the hour, half day or full day. Many people think that they can budget on the hire fee only, assuming they will get their deposit back. However, if you abandon your bicycle at any point on the island, you lose your deposit.
Furthermore, your bus home will probably cost about $20.00. So, while the thought of cycling is entertaining, I would urge you to think carefully about this option if you are on a budget. We saw many people abandon their bicycles
After considering options of riding a bicycle and taking a bus, we opted for the latter. The bus ticket for 4 cost us $50.00, with a bus departing from the town center every hour.
Buses stop at major points, which means this gives you time to see parts of the island without ‘huffing and puffing’ up hills. If you are feeling extremely energetic, you can walk to the next bus point while enjoying the native scenery.
There are many photos of Rottnest Island with people wearing a singlet and shorts. However, this event is planned for October, so make sure that you also have something warm and something that will keep you dry. (Who knew it would rain on our ‘day out’)
Also, don’t forget to wear the correct shoes. You can expect to walk A LOT!
Rottnest Island is a beautiful island with many amazing things to see and locals love photos. Unfortunately, my battery ran flat halfway through the day. Luckily I had a charger with me. So I would suggest spare batteries or charger.
7. Expect a Long Day
This is a festival which means there will be a lot of fun things happening. The Rottnest Carnival has two programs. The first is the day program filled with a lot of fun things for kids and families to do. The second part is the evening program which everyone has a chance to dress up for trick or treat. If you stay for this session, remember to take an outfit. It is not necessary but it is a lot of fun seeing everyone dress up.
There are some amazing little cafes and convenient stores on the island. Take a coffee break at Dome was a life safer, especially after a chilly morning. It also helped with charging my phone and camera.
9. Map Your Route
The bus arrives at each bus point every hour. The last bus is scheduled at about 4 pm. If you plan to stay longer at one particular place, make sure you account for enough time to catch the ride home. Also, do a little homework on the different locations. I have written about a few locations on Rottnest Island which include Cathedral Rocks and Quokka on the Island.
This is one that is often missed by many travelers. If you leave you car at the Ferries, make sure you purchase a day parking ticket. This parking area is owned by another corporations and parking fines can reach up to about $70.00. Tickets can be purchased at machines stationed around the parking area. Day Parking costs about $10.00 and I suggest you take change for a quick transaction. The eftpos system was down at the time we were there.
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