On our way back from Thailand we stopped at Perth to visit our friends again. This time however, we decided to go spend a couple of days on Rottnest Island so we can see the ever adorable quokkas! It was so beautiful and home to the cutest little animals on earth! Quokkas are marsupials, just like kangaroos, but they only populate a few areas in Western Australia, primarily Rottnest Island.
But there’s more to this island than just the quokkas (even though that’s a big reason why this place is awesome!). There’s a lot of history on the island to discover and plenty of outdoor activities. I recommend renting a bike and seeing all the nooks and crannies of this place! However, we managed to catch a hop on-hop off bus for $20 and you can also see much of the island! The only problem with it is that there’s only one bus going around the island at one time so you have to wait an hour for the bus to come around again.
Most of the quokkas hang around “The Settlement” area which, like the name suggests, has more people and therefore more food for the little guys. The rest of the island boasts a lot of areas for fishing, whale watching, bird watching, breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean. It’s the type of place you go to relax and enjoy the purity of the island.
We stayed at Rottnest Lodge for the weekend because they had a promotion that included a room for one night, return ferry tickets, and a full buffet breakfast. After a long journey back from Thailand we were happy to have a place to stay and relax for a few days to play with the quokkas as much as possible. It was nice to have a place to stay but what we didn’t realize was that pretty much everything on the Island closes at 4 when the last ferry leaves.
We did get to catch a beautiful sunset and walk around the island a bit before it got dark.
Most of what we did on the island involved walking on a few trails and checking out the wildlife.
I definitely recommend heading to the island, even if just for the day, if headed out to the Perth area. It’s a really beautiful island to visit and you have to see how adorable the quokkas are! But here’s a little taste: