Rottnest Island

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Parakeet bay

We booked the ferry to Rottnest Island from our campsite in Freo, which included a free return transfer from the campsite to the ferry dock. We also booked the package that included bike hire so that we wre all ready to go with a set of wheels on arrival. Snorkel gear was an option too but we had purchased our own by then!

The passenger ferry loaded up and left at 1030am. The crossing took about an hour and then we waited for the bikes to be unloaded. Once we had found our bikes, we set off for a spin around the island. It is pretty easy to bike around the island, the paved roads are the way to go and at any crossroads or turn-offs, there are handy signposts. We stopped at various points along the way to stare in awe at the beautiful waters and beaches, really was stunning.

A quokka
Our first snorkel stop was Porpoise Bay, a beautiful stetch of water of the most incredible colour. Snorkel masks on, we eagerly went to the water to be shocked by how cold it was. The water looked so warm with the sandy bottom and clear blue but was absolutley freezing. It took forever to get in and snorkelling didn't really happen so was more of a refreshing swim.

Back on the bikes, we took in the beauty of the island and enjoyed the peace and quiet. The beaches we passed by are some of the more beautiful I have ever seen. We stopped off at another beach for a swim at Parakeet Bay on the north of the island. The sand was so white and soft, the water amazingly clear. Still shockingly cold but a great refreshing swim all the same.

As we approcahed the settlement town, we biked past several lakes and had the lighthouse in view most of the time. We biked up the hill off the main road to the viewpoint (not very well signed) and at the top came across 2 black lizards that liked to make a dash for my toes. It was scary. We were also very lucky to see a quokka, the small fluffy marsupial that is nocturnal apparently, native to southwest WA and Rottnest Island.

Back in the town of Thompson Bay Settlement, we made for the pub for a pint and a bowl of chips and enjoyed the views across the water until it was time to catch the 4pm ferry back to Freo.

A super place and well worth the effort.

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Parakeet bay
Parakeet bay
A quokka
A quokka
Porpoise bay
Porpoise bay
Porpoise bay
Porpoise bay
Porpoise bay
Porpoise bay
On yer bike
On yer bike
Inland lakes
Inland lakes
The chapel of Thompson Bay settlem…
The chapel of Thompson Bay settle…
Rottnest Island
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