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The Basin

Bring your swimwear and dive into the pristine waters or just sit back and relax at this picture-perfect beach.

The Basin is a very popular swimming and snorkeling spot on Perth’s Rottnest Island. The picture-perfect beach, with shallow reefs and gentle swells, is sheltered from rougher surf by two rocky outcrops. Enjoy the calm and shallow waters closer to shore and deeper waters full of fish and coral further out.

Grab your towel, swimwear and snorkel mask and hit the beach. The sandy stretch is only 650 feet (200 meters) long and quite narrow in parts, but there’s plenty of space to relax up on the grass behind the beach.

Visit during summer and while the tide is out for the best swimming conditions. The waves will be small, the water warm and the weather perfect. If it gets too busy for your taste, wander eastwards over the small bluff to find a more secluded spot.

Spend some time lying on the sand with a good book before you jump in the water to cool off. Kids can play safely in the shallows near the sand while strong swimmers will find deep waters only a short way off shore. Take it easy and wade out over the sand or walk along the edge of the reef and dive straight in.

Put on your snorkeling mask to see dozens of species of fish and coral. The Basin is a perfect place for novices to learn, and there are some great spots along the deeper reefs for more experienced snorkelers.

Pack a picnic and enjoy your lunch as you look out over the Indian Ocean. Consider bringing a beach umbrella, because there is little shade. There’s a shelter near the lawns at the western end, but it can get crowded.

The Basin is just over half a mile (about one kilometer) from Rottnest Island’s main settlement at Thomson Bay. The only way to get there is on foot or by bike, as shuttle buses don’t service the area. You’ll find change rooms and toilets across the small road behind the beach.


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Discovery Rottnest Island CA $266
Discovery Rottnest Island

Discovery Rottnest Island

Strue Road, Rottnest Island, WA
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Rottnest Island, this beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Basin, Longreach Bay, and Rottnest Island Salt Lakes. Thomson Bay and Geordie Bay are also within 1 mile (2 km). Settlement Station is 13 minutes by foot.

    Karma Rottnest CA $243
    Karma Rottnest

    Karma Rottnest

    Kitson Street, Rottnest Island, WA
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated by the ocean, this spa lodge is within a 5-minute walk of Rottnest Island Salt Lakes and Thomson Bay. The Basin and Longreach Bay are also within 15 minutes. Settlement Station is 6 minutes by foot.

      Rottnest Island Authority
      Rottnest Island Authority

      Rottnest Island Authority

      Vlamingh Way, Thompson Bay, Rottnest Island, WA
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Offering direct access to the beach, this Rottnest Island resort is next to a golf course and within a 10-minute walk of Rottnest Island Salt Lakes and Thomson Bay. The Basin and Longreach Bay are also within 1 mile (2 km). Settlement Station is only a 3-minute walk.

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        Hotel Rottnest

        Hotel Rottnest

        1 Bedford Avenue, Rottnest Island, WA
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Rottnest Island, this beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rottnest Island Salt Lakes and Thomson Bay. The Basin and Longreach Bay are also within 1 mile (2 km). Settlement Station is only a 3-minute walk.

          Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough CA $125
          Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough

          Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough

          148 The Esplanade, Scarborough, WA
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Offering direct access to the beach, this Scarborough resort is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Scarborough Beach and within 6 mi (10 km) of Aquarium of Western Australia and HBF Stadium. Claremont Showgrounds and RAC Arena are also within 9 mi (15 km).

            Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges CA $132
            Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges

            Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges

            Cnr Marine Terrace and Essex St, Fremantle, WA
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in the historical district, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Fremantle Markets and University of Notre Dame Australia. Fremantle Prison and Fremantle Passenger Terminal are also within 1 mi (2 km). Fremantle Station is 9 minutes by foot.

              Ocean Beach Hotel CA $81
              Ocean Beach Hotel

              Ocean Beach Hotel

              Cnr Marine Parade & Eric St Cottesloe, Cottesloe, WA
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Cottesloe, this beach hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Cottesloe Beach and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Claremont Showgrounds. City Beach and Kings Park and Botanic Garden are also within 6 mi (10 km). Cottesloe Grant Street Station is 17 minutes by foot and Cottesloe Station is 22 minutes.

                Quest Fremantle CA $137
                Quest Fremantle

                Quest Fremantle

                8 Pakenham Street, Fremantle, WA
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Fremantle, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Kings Square and University of Notre Dame Australia. Round House is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) away. Fremantle Station is only a 3-minute walk.