The Quokkas of Rottnest

We’d set up camp in Rockingham at an Air BNB run by the lovely Ann, an expat who had set up home in this small coastal town about 45 minutes south of Perth.  Having had a great nights sleep we decided that our day would be best spent visiting the Island of Rottnest – a small island of beaches and wildlife about 20km off the coast.

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We opted for the ferry from Fremantle, parked up, loaded up with coffee and boarded the boat.  The island is about 11km by 4 km and is a pedestrianised piece of loveliness with small coves all round the island which can be got to either by walking or by bike.  It’s a really popular summer location for the people of Perth and it is possible to stay on the island in small bungalows, and there is even a general store that delivers all the provisions you need to your apartment.

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We decided to do one of the smaller walks and headed north to the Bathurst Lighthouse, before stopping for lunch on the completely stunning Basin beach.  Think crystal blue waters in a white sandy bay, with only a few other people dotted along the beach!  The bay is fringed with limestone rocks and the reef is almost to the beach – a completely stunning spot to stop for a sandwich.

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After lunch and a bit of a swim we did the rest of the Ride 1 walk via Longreach Bay, stopping to chat to the friendly quokkas – a small marsupial about 40cm high – and trying to take the famous Quokka Selfie… they were more interested in any food we had in our bags, than posing like professionals but i think you’ll agree, they have good selfie-game and an adorable grin!


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Finishing our walk back at the main port we bought huge ice creams, and changed our return ferry for the last ferry – you can’t rush away from this place!  and returned to the Basin for another swim and potter on the beach passing more Quokkas and huge pelicans sunning themselves on the shore.  I totally see why the Perth couple weren’t blown away by the beach in Myanmar when this is on their doorstep!

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