A day in Rottnest Island
Have you heard of the quokkas? They are known for being the happiest animals!
The quokkas are small marsupials the size of a domestic cat, they are found in some small island off the coast of Western Australia. The most known Island where they inhabit is Rottnest, just off Perth. This Island was called “nest of rats” by the Dutch, due to a dutch marine mistaking the quokkas for giant rats.
A few weeks ago we went to Perth for a few days and, obviously, we couldn’t miss out on meeting the quokkas. So we took the 9:30 ferry to Rottnest. The Island is an A-Class Reserve, all animals and plants are protected by law, and they encourage you to observe the wildlife from a reasonable distance. On the ferry they have screen TVs where they show you videos of the quokkas and they give you instructions on how to take a “quokkaselfie” without disturbing the animals.
The island doesn’t allow motorized vehicles so one of the first things you can do when you get off the boat is to rent a bicycle for the day. The beaches are beautiful, you can find white sand ones or rocky ones, the water is crystal blue all around the Island. You can cycle around the Island stopping to go for a swim as well as spotting the quokkas that wander around.
All in all it is a great place to spend the day at!