Rottnest Island, Perth
You can't miss this well-conserved Island. What a spectacular view! First impression when I arrived there. We took a round island bus and dropped off at Point. The water was clear and blue, we did observe some big transparent jellyfish floating to the beach. The sand was fine and smooth, a walk on the beach was relaxing. You can also meet the Quokka on the Island.
Here is advice to find the way to Vlamingh Lookout on Rottnest Island. A charming little walk, it is not marked on the maps they give you, nor is it signposted. To get there from the Thompson Bay Settlement, walk on Digby Drive till you come to the European cemetery. Turn left and take the sealed path just before the cemetery, which goes steeply uphill for a couple of minutes and then along a ridge until you come to the pavilion and viewpoint. It takes only 5 minutes from the cemetery. From the top you can't see the whole island, but you get a good view of the salt lakes, some of them pink with algae. Continue onward on the same path to go downhill and return via the lakes for a loop return. The lakes smell bad but are interesting.
Just a short ferry ride from Perth or Fremantle, Rottnest Island is a lovely place to while away a day or two. With white sand beaches, azure waters, and a laid back atmosphere, the island is best visited during the week when the crowds are comparatively thinner. While on the island, be sure to look for quokka, unique rat-like marsupials that still thrive here due to the lack of introduced predators.
Rottness island is one of these places which is so natural that you can't help but love especially if you love nature just like me. We hired bikes, bought a pic nic and off we went stopping at various places for munching, taking pictures or just checking out all the Quoka's which were everywhere and looked so adorable. My friend Linda who lives in Perth, said that they are unique to Rottness. They are small kangeroo/rat type animals but look so adorable. Be careful though they love to get food and will climb onto picnic tables to grab ur food.... , and you're not allowed to feed them.
Rottnest Island is just a short boat ride off the Fremantle coast. It has beautiful beaches and is a perfect place for swimming, snorkelling and sunbathing.
Until 1920 Rottnest island served as a prison for Aboriginal people. Some of the prison cells are now hotel rooms.
You will certainly come along the cute little quokkas, which inhabit Rottnest Island (and gave it its name as the first European thought of them as rats, Rottnest= rat's nest) in bigger numbers.
Rottnest Island was discovered in 1696 by Willem de Vlamingh, a Dutch explorer, who named the island Rats' Nest due to the many large rats that he found on the island. Actually they are Quokkas which are a small wallaby and are very approachable.
Although Rottnest Island started out as a prison and also hosted a large military stronghold during World War II, it soon became a perfect escape from the busy city life in Perth and is a wonderful place to visit.
There are plenty of other things to do on Rottnest Island, and a number of activities to get involved in. Cycling is popular on the island and is a great way to get around and see everything. Also popular are fishing, snorkelling and diving. There is some beautiful coral around the island which you can see from various points, as well as a number of shipwrecks.
The beaches are fabulous and the colour of the water bright turquoise or dark blue depending on depth.
If you don't like getting wet there is a cheesy but interesting "submarine" tour of the reef. Its the southernmost reef in the word. interesting but hardly the Great Barrier Reef.
You can also visit the interesting Rottnest Island Museum, or by following one of the Rottnest Voluntary Guide Tours around various historical sites. You can also visit the Oliver Hill Gun Emplacement which is a site from World War II, which you can get to by train from Thomson Bay.
There are a couple of tours which you can join still allowing you to see the island. There is a tour bus from the visitor centre in Thomson Bay, The Bayseeker also travels around the island, stopping at many of the bays and beaches along the way. Alternatively you can just relax on one of the many beaches, or admire the fabulous views from Vlamingh Lookout, or picnic around the salt lakes with the many Quokkas.
There are a number of places to stay around Thomson Bay, as well as several good restaurants and cafes. You can get to the island from both Fremantle and Perth by boat. A flight is also available from Perth.
Quokkas were one of the first Australian mammals seen by Europeans. In 1658 Dutch mariner Samuel Volckertzoon wrote of sighting "a wild cat" on Rottnest Island. De Vlamingh thought they were a kind of rat and hence named the island "Rottenest" (Dutch for "rat nest") in 1696.
Qoukkas are friendly little fellas that are marsupials and live out in the bush. They hang around under bushes for most of the day and don't seem to be the less bit bothered when you approach them.
Quokkas on Rottnest have a well-developed pecking order. The males defend individual spaces and the older a male is the more authority he has. The males dominate the females and younger quokkas. Defined groups of 25 to 150 adults occupy shared territories, which they rarely leave. They breed once a year, and produce a single joey. Their low numbers on the mainland, compared with relatively large numbers in less than optimum habitat on fox-free Rottnest Island, suggest that mainland populations are heavily predated by foxes.
Rottnest is the Island right in front of Perth.
There are different Ferries that can take you there - just check the prices out at the harbour.
Some Ferries drive over Freemantle, where you can also go shopping.
Rottnest Island itself isn?t very big. There are two possibilities to get around (no cars on the island).
One is the bus (around 5.50 AUS), where you can get out and in at different stops. The bus drives every full hour.
The other possibility is by bike.
Since the island is quite flat, the road good and you can stop and drive on whenever and wherever you want, I think it is the nicer option.
Also you can really enjoy the views and have a look at the beaches and wonderful spots you come along.
The drive around the island (just one main road) is about 15 km, but you can extend it at the west end (out a one-way road 4 km and back) and at a little loop in the south (1.5km).
Any way it isn?t too much stress to drive around the island in that one day and enjoy all the viewpoints and have something to eat at a beach and have a good look at the Quokkas (those rat-like big animals the island has it?s name from), they are actually quite cute.
Back on the ferry at 4.45 pm, and back in Perth at around 7 p.m.
I was in Oz in December, so it was in the middle of summer, and one thing that stood out about 'Rotto' was the flies! MAN, there were flies for flies out there, if you head out, then a flynet is a MUST.
However, there could have been a million billion flies around, but it couldn't take away the pure beauty of the place, quite possibly the clearest water I've ever seen, and its also home to the 'Kwaka' which is indiginous to Rottnest island and Rottnest island only, there is an island a little bit further away with similar creatures on, but these are both unique in the world.
I ended up taking the ferry form Perth, so I got to cruise down the river, but, if memory serves me correctly, you can take the ferry from next to the maritime museum too.
A trip to Rottnest Island is a fun day out. You can get to Rottnest by ferry from either Perth or Fremantle. Once you're on Rottnest Island, drop into the vistors information centre to check out what there is to do on the island. There are usually a number of free guided tours. One of these, which I went on, was a guided tour to find quokkas. These are marsupials and look like rats but very cute in my opinion. I was told by the guide that there are only 2 habitats in the world where quokkas are found, but it is only on Rottnest Island that the public can see them.
The island is a great place for bike riding, there is a bicycle hire shop on the island, or you can hire a bike as part of a package with some of the ferry companies.
I never regretted taking this boat trip to Rottnest Island, it is a beautiful little island and great for relaxing.... unfortunately I did not see any of the little critters in the wild, I guess they are scared of all the tourists by now.
Instead I had some mean encounters with seagulls who fought with me for my french fries while I was sitting a at restaurant at the pier waiting for the ferry back to Perth.
You can rent bicycles and go around the island which is possible in a short time someone told me... I took the challenge by foot but did not really go far as I was to lazy...
Folks visiting Perth should not miss Rottnest Island. It is a really beautiful place especially for the dudes and gals who loves the beach, the sun and the sea. Take the chance to meet the friendly local inhibitants - the Quokkas - rat-like looking marsupials, related to the kangaroos. It is a great place to do some serious cycling...what with the ocean serenading you as you go round-island. Great place for a romantic getaway too.
Tips about the island would be featured separately on my IMPREXXION: ROTTNEST ISLAND page.
Flew to the island via chartered tour in a Cessna 4-seater on Kookaburra Air and then took a 2-hours round island tour. The chartered flight cost A$150 (circa Jan 2006) per pax.
Been to Rottnest many many times....always love it. The ferry from Barrack St. is good but takes longer and costs more. Otherwise go from Rouse Head, Fremantle (30mins). Once there sit back and chill out. Have a swim at one of the many beaches all around the island, get a bike and cycle around. Then go get something to eat and drink then snooze on the beach for a while. If you aren't that fit and stuck for time, catch the bus around the island, otherwise get a bike. If you can, stay overnight as the island is absolutely at its best when all the 'day tourists' have gone, then its so quiet and peaceful. The sunsets over the ocean are great and the pub serves great beer with an ocean view for about $2 each. Can't beat that!! Anywhere else in the world, the view would cost you a fortune.
At Parker Point - Rottnest island the Rottnest Island authority has created a snorkelling trial that allows swimmers to follow plaques on the sea bed and read about the flora and fish life in the area....just fantastic.
It is an island off Perth that must be included into your plans. The only place where you will see Quokkas. Accomadation varies and book in very early. resturants and food places are on the island as well as boat cruises, scubdiving, bike hire, golf course, world war tour and more. Go there for a day trip or spend the week there. people go there for the sun, surf, beaches and as a summer holiday. There are no cars on the island. Transport is by bike. The island is basically untouched, bike tracks will take you all over the island to the secluded beach spots. If your a beach person this holiday is for you. Crystal blue waters. You just have to go less then 5 metres off shore and you can snorkel. The basin is a popular beach.