Rottnest Island Travel Diary
I’ve finally managed to sit my butt down and begin this blog post on Rottnest Island. I’ve had a heap of questions about the island, so I thought I’d settle down and give you the goss on Rotto as the locals call it. I live in Perth, Western Australia and we are pretty isolated from the rest of the world and even the rest of Australia. We’re in fact 2,600km away from the closest city (Adelaide) and it’s a quicker trip for us to get to Bali than Sydney. Australia sure is big. (Smart statement of the day).
I think that’s one of the reasons Perthians love Rotto so much. It’s only a 45 minute ferry ride from Perth, but you feel like you’re in an entirely different place. It’s definitely got that chilled island vibe feeling, there’s no high rises or fancy restaurants, the island is affordable and kid-friendly. It feels like a small country town, where everyone says g’day as they ride into town to grab a jam donut from the bakery. Mmm jam donuts.
Getting a little off topic, but what's a holiday without food? The food on Rotto is affordable and delicious. My favourite place to eat is Geordie's which is located about 30 minutes walk from town, in Geordie Bay, but worth it for the eggs benny. Now would be the time for me to share said photo but I made a total blogger faux pas and didn't take any photos of my food. By the time I remembered I had already gobbled down half of it. So soz about that.
One thing I did take plently of photos of was the beaches. They are pristine, white sand, clear blue water and if you go during the week and avoid school holidays, they're also basically deserted. I've been in other years and seen dolphins and pods of seals, it's truly magical being surrounded by so much wildlife.
And then there are the quokkas. They are really god damn cute, and I still get excited when I see one. Especially the babies. Especially when you see one in mumma’s pouch. Cue squealing from my sister and I.
On an island of only 19 km² there are between 8,000 to 12,000 quokka inhabitants, and they are definitely not shy! As the island has no predators for the quokka (bar a few snakes) the quokka population has thrived. You’re not encouraged to feed them as they can get sick but they are super friendly and will come up to you if they think they can get some food off you. They can also be caught sneaking into the Rottnest Island Hotel to steal food off the floor, I never realised how fast they were until I saw a waitress running after one with a broom!
My sister and I had such a fun time traipsing around the island and even when the the weather made a turn for the worse we just bunkered down in our chalet with some wagon wheels, chocolate covered liquorice logs and Coke 0. You thought this was a health and fitness blog right? Haha, it's still okay to enjoy yourself, and I'm never one to totally restrict myself. When on holiday, I definitely know how to enjoy myself!