We have heard we are currently experiencing the worst winter in Perth in a number of years, so we counted ourselves lucky to be able to get out to Rottnest Island on one of the few sunny pleasant days.

Quokka Selfie
After a very successful tourism campaign, the most popular activity on Rottnest Island is getting a selfie with one of the resident quokkas.

Other than a few isolated areas in Western Australia, and a few islands off the WA coast, you will not find quokkas anywhere else in the world. Due to unique geological events these cute little marsupials are an oddity to this region and Rottnest Island is the motherlode of them. In fact the name Rottnest was derived from an earlier explorer landing there and upon seeing the thousands of quokkas announced that the island was a “rats nest” and sailed on.

Bobtail Lizard
This Bobtail Lizard, or skink is one of several different reptiles found on Rottnest Island.
Other than a breed of bat and humans, these quokkas are the only mammals you will find on Rottnest.
Hop on Hop off
Rottnest Island is just a little too big to cover on foot. That leaves you with either the bus ($20 for an all day pass) or renting a bicycle ($30 for the day). Both are great choices. Due to the wind I was glad we opted for the bus during our visit. Another bonus is the informative commentary the drivers deliver as they drive.
Crocodile Rock
As we followed the Ngank Wen Bidi trail at the west end of the island, we came to Mabel Bay. The thing to look for here was Crocodile Rock.
Marjorie Bay
Enjoying a short beach walk along Marjorie Bay, part of the Ngank Wen Bidi trail.
Pesky Birds
Watching a crow peck at this Quokka’s tail as it tried to eat was the comic relief for the day.
Wind Power
The island is powered by 5 diesel generators, solar panels and this single wind turbine. What I found impressive was in quiet times this turbine provides up to 30% of the power for the island.
Ferry Service
You have a choice of three ferry services to Rottnest. We paid $67.50 per person for Fast Ferry and they were very good. Their boat is the one on the left.
No matter the weather or what range of interests you may have, a trip to Rottnest Island is worth it just to take the time to sit and watch these little fellows go about their business.

Welcome to our travel blog. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to say, "I'm out of here?" Well we did, and in 2013 we made it a reality. We sold or gave away all of our possessions other than what fit in our luggage and we set off on an endless adventure. Part of our goal is to share our experiences with others and hopefully provide some information, motivation, or just a moments escape. The general idea was to look for a place that would be ideal to settle down in. However in the meantime it is about experiencing life in different countries amongst different cultures and learning how to understand and appreciate each other. A large part of our time is spent housesitting which provides an excellent opportunity to experience more of the "normal" neighbourhoods as opposed to the tourist locales. Though we make sure to enjoy those as well. So through plenty of photographs and a running commentary come and share with us our life on the road.

3 comments on “Rottnest Island

  1. Bryce Sherman

    Great read.


  2. Bryce Sherman

    Your starting to write like Jason Edwards from Nat Geo


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