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There are 2 ways to get from Great Barrier Reef to Rottnest Island by ferry, plane, bus or train

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Ferry, fly  •  11h 55m

  1. Take the ferry from Great Barrier Reef Green Island to Cairns
  2. Fly from Cairns (CNS) to Perth (PER) CNS - PER
  3. Take the ferry from Fremantle to Rottnest Island

$434 - $1,093

1 alternative option

Ferry, bus, train  •  5 days 3h

  1. Take the ferry from Great Barrier Reef Green Island to Cairns
  2. Take the bus from Cairns to Brisbane
  3. Take the bus from Brisbane to Sydney
  4. Take the train from Central Station to Perth
  5. Take the ferry from Fremantle to Rottnest Island

$1,358 - $3,066

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The cheapest way to get from Great Barrier Reef to Rottnest Island is to ferry and fly which costs $430 - $1,100 and takes 11h 55m.

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The quickest way to get from Great Barrier Reef to Rottnest Island is to ferry and fly which costs $430 - $1,100 and takes 11h 55m.

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The distance between Great Barrier Reef and Rottnest Island is 3502 km.

The best way to get from Great Barrier Reef to Rottnest Island without a car is to ferry and bus and train which takes 5 days 3h and costs $1,300 - $3,100.

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It takes approximately 11h 55m to get from Great Barrier Reef to Rottnest Island, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Cairns Airport to Perth Airport is the direct flight which takes 5h 5m.

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Qantas and Jetstar offer flights from Cairns Airport to Perth Airport.

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There are 133+ hotels available in Rottnest Island. Prices start at $150 AUD per night.

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Map of how to get from Great Barrier Reef to Rottnest Island.
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  • Distance: 3502.3 km
  • Duration: 11h 55m

What companies run services between Great Barrier Reef, Australia and Rottnest Island, WA, Australia?

There is no direct connection from Great Barrier Reef to Rottnest Island. However, you can take the walk to Great Barrier Reef Green Island, take the ferry to Cairns, take the walk to Cairns, take the shuttle to Cairns Airport, take the walk to Cairns airport, fly to Perth, take the walk to Snook Rd Before Ross Dr, take the line 40 bus to Elizabeth Quay Bus Stn Stand D6, take the walk to Elizabeth Quay Stn Platform 1, take the train to Perth Underground Stn Platform 1, take the walk to Perth Stn Platform 7, take the train to Fremantle Stn Platform 2, take the walk to Fremantle, then take the ferry to Rottnest Island. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Great Barrier Reef to Rottnest Island via Great Barrier Reef Green Island, Cairns, Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney, Central Station, Perth, Perth Busport Stands 1-4, Fremantle Stn Stand 1, and Fremantle in around 5 days 3h.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Cairns to Perth
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $800
Flights from Cairns to Perth via Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
10h 10m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $800
Flights from Cairns to Perth via Sydney
Ave. Duration
10h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$440 - $950
Flights from Cairns to Perth via Darwin
Ave. Duration
8h 35m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$440 - $950
Flights from Cairns to Perth via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
9h 32m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$440 - $950
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Cairns to Perth
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $800
Flights from Cairns to Perth via Adelaide
Ave. Duration
7h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $800
Flights from Cairns to Perth via Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
10h 10m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $800
Flights from Cairns to Perth via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
11h 10m
When
Friday
Estimated price
$250 - $800
Flights from Cairns to Perth via Sydney
Ave. Duration
10h
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$440 - $950
Train operators
Great Southern Rail - Indian Pacific
Phone
1800 703 357
Email
sales.enquiries@gsr.com.au
Website
greatsouthernrail.com.au
Train from Central Station to Perth
Ave. Duration
3 days 2h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$900 - $2,300
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Great Southern Rail
Everyday Daynighter Seat
$943
Advanced Gold Single Cabin
$1,600 - $2,100
Low Gold Single Cabin
$1,700 - $2,300
Everyday Gold Single Cabin
$2,000 - $2,700
Bus operators
Greyhound Australia

Greyhound Australia is the country’s only long-distance bus operator running services in all states and territories. Greyhound Australia has been operating for 110 years and is the leading bus company in Australia. The extensive network now covers most of the Australian mainland, although service is limited in Western Australia with just a single route to Broome. Buses are equipped for long journeys, with free WiFi, air-conditioning, full disability access, USB chargers, reclining seats and an onboard bathroom.

Contact Details
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Cairns to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
28h 25m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$230 - $400
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Early Bird
$230 - $290
Premium
$290 - $400
Advantage
$310 - $370
Bus from Brisbane to Sydney
Ave. Duration
14h 15m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$120 - $210
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Early Bird
$120 - $160
Premium
$150 - $210
Advantage
$160 - $190
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61 2 4423 5233
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Brisbane to Sydney
Ave. Duration
17h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $110
Website
Premier Motor Service
Ferry operators
Green Island Adventures
Phone
(61) 7 4044 9944
Email
central_ga@quicksilvergroup.com.au
Website
green-island.com.au
Ferry from Great Barrier Reef Green Island to Cairns
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$96
Schedules at
green-island.com.au
Rottnest Express
Phone
+61 1300 467 688
Email
bookings@rottnestexpress.com.au
Website
rottnestexpress.com.au
Ferry from Fremantle to Rottnest Island
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$51
Schedules at
rottnestexpress.com.au

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