A Day on The Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island is a popular Holiday Island in Western Australia. 18km off the coast of Perth, this island framed by the azure waters of the Indian Ocean is a ferry ride away.

Separated from the mainland around 7000 years ago, it is famous for its secluded bays, pristine beaches & crystal clear waters.

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An A Class Nature Reserve, it is home to a range of rare and remarkable species of plant, marine & wild life. Its extensive Seagrass Beds provide shelter & nutrients in the shallow marine environment.

The population of Quokkas – who have lately become popular as the World’s Happiest Animal – led the Dutch seaman Willem de Vlamingh to name this island, their island, the Ratte nest (rat’s nest); which eventually became Rottnest.

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I was in Sydney last year & travelled to Perth for my birthday weekend. That is how I spent one sunny Saturday on the Rottnest Island.

The first thing we did as we got to the island was to find a map & hire a bike.

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Bikes are the transportation of choice on this island! (As you can see from the picture above :D)

But, you can choose to hop on & off the bus or book one of the tours including a historic train ride, which bring to life the colonial heritage of the island.

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What else do you do besides enjoying the sweeping ocean views, scenic salt lakes & moors and the sights of trees shaped by years of oceanic winds?

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Eat at waterfront restaurants with a view like this.

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Swim, dive, snorkel, fish, sail.. laze on the beach!

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Discover shipwrecks.

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There are a number great trails to follow & brilliant sights to explore, I came away feeling a day is just not enough!

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PS: Google Maps are just as fun, though not so pretty!