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Western Australia: Rottnest Island (Day 7)

posted by Martin Rubli at 13:59

Concluding our Australia trip was an excursion to Rottnest Island, about a half hour away by boat from Fremantle where we stayed for the last two nights of our trip.

On the island the major means of transportation is the bicycle, so you get a free workout while exploring it. The reason why Rottnest Island is so popular with animal loving tourists is a tiny kind of marsupial called quokka (think mini-kangaroo). They roam freely around the island and they're not the least bit shy.

Besides quokkas there are lots of nice beaches, lighthouses, salt lakes, as well as two overpriced super markets and an even more overpriced bakery. It's therefore best to just pack your own lunch. But even if you don't you can still get decent food on the island.

We had almost another full day to walk around Fremantle but not many good photos to show, so this is the last installment of this Western Australia series. I hope you enjoyed the photos as much as we did our trip!


The Rottnest Express that we took from Fremantle to Rottnest Island (or Rotto, as people call it).

The Rottnest Express that we took from Fremantle to Rottnest Island (or Rotto, as people call it).

The view from Rottnest Island.

The view from Rottnest Island.

[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bathurst_Lighthouse Bathurst Lighthouse], the smaller one of two lighthouses on the island.

Bathurst Lighthouse, the smaller one of two lighthouses on the island.

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The first [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quokka quokka] that we came across on the island and the main reason why we visited to begin with.

The first quokka that we came across on the island and the main reason why we visited to begin with.

A quokka mother with its joey in the pouch.

A quokka mother with its joey in the pouch.

The little animals aren't shy at all because they have no natural enemies on the island (apart from the side effects of human civilization, that is).

The little animals aren't shy at all because they have no natural enemies on the island (apart from the side effects of human civilization, that is).

The view back to Bathurst Lighthouse with the Perth skyline in the background.

The view back to Bathurst Lighthouse with the Perth skyline in the background.

One of the many bays around the island. In the background is Longreach Bay.

One of the many bays around the island. In the background is Longreach Bay.

The island contains a number of salt lakes. This one is Lake Baghdad.

The island contains a number of salt lakes. This one is Lake Baghdad.

Lake Baghdad with [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wadjemup_Lighthouse Wadjemup Lighthouse] in the background.

Lake Baghdad with Wadjemup Lighthouse in the background.

Biking is the most common form of transportation because, apart from public transport, no motor vehicles are available on the island.

Biking is the most common form of transportation because, apart from public transport, no motor vehicles are available on the island.

The remains of a quokka.

The remains of a quokka.

The beautiful beach in Parakeet Bay.

The beautiful beach in Parakeet Bay.

The City of York Bay.

The City of York Bay.

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Pearse Lakes, one of the salt lakes at the center of the island.

Pearse Lakes, one of the salt lakes at the center of the island.

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I was originally worried we'd be eating too many burgers on our trip. But it turned out the food was one of the highlights of the trip. We had a lot of good food and good hamburgers like this just never get boring.

I was originally worried we'd be eating too many burgers on our trip. But it turned out the food was one of the highlights of the trip. We had a lot of good food and good hamburgers like this just never get boring.

Apart from the fact that you'll have a hard time reading 8 km/h on a speedometer this is an island pretty much without cars!

Apart from the fact that you'll have a hard time reading 8 km/h on a speedometer this is an island pretty much without cars!

Rainbow Lorikeets sitting in a palm tree back in Perth.

Rainbow Lorikeets sitting in a palm tree back in Perth.


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