Rottnest Island, home of the quokka!
Rottnest Island Travel Blog› entry 35 of 59 › view all entries
February 28th, 2009 – by: sshaunaa
I hopped off the train in Freo and somehow managed to find the ferry terminal. That's where I met my tour guide for the day. The 30 minute, 11:30am ferry ride was nice as we were able to sit out on the back deck and enjoy the sunshine. It's about 20km from the coast and not too rocky of a boat ride.
Arriving at the jetty, I was surprised at what the main food / bar / store / accomodation area looked like. I was expected more higher end accomodations but from what I'm told, the look on the island is supposed to be quasi rustic.
After hopping off the ferry and a quick stop at the bakery for some goodies, we set off for a bike ride around the island. The island itself is about 10km long but following the coast, we must have biked about 25km. It was a beautiful day with the temperature somewhere between 25 - 30 degrees.
Our first stop was at an inlet where people were snorkelling. We decided not to snorkel there but it's where I saw my first quokka. They look like half rat, half tiny kangaroo and they hop around like a kangaroo as well. The first one I met was very tame and I was able to pat it while it sniffed at my bike. A short ride later, we arrived at a small beach where we decided to go snorkelling.
After that it was more biking and more biking and lots of coast line. The west side of the island (the farthest point from where the ferry drops you off) is call the "West End". As you can tell, they are very creative with their names here. The name Rottnest Island is named after a "rats nest" named after the cute, little quokkas. There's my trivia for this blog entry.
So after a bit more biking, we made a stopover at a beach. I think there are something like 20 beaches in total on the island.
After we made it back to the "town" I bought a stuffed quokka in the gift shop and then we went over the restaurant / bar to wait for the ferry at 6pm. Just as we were leaving there was a band setting up. I wanted to stay there so bad. The view is amazing and the outdoor bar in 25 degree heat would be a great way to spend a Saturday night. Oh yeah and the whole sunset on an island wouldn't be too bad either :)
Unfortunately it was on the ferry and back over to Freo.
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