Bicycles are the only way to get around Rottnest and swarms of surfers pedal straight to Strickland Bay, the most consistent break. Superb lefts up to 12ft (4m) over a shallow reef ledge that has a lock-in end tube section. There are decent rights on smaller swells.
One of the reasons it is often crowded is that Strickland is not as intense as other reefs and less assured surfers can access the line-up through the defined channels and pick off a few. Saying that, it is no place for new surfers and the sharp reef is easier to negotiate in booties.