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Rottnest, the Island of a Thousand Stories and Ten Thousand Quokkas!

Sitting only 19 km off the coast of Perth is a beautiful little Island and protected nature reserve called Rottnest Island (known as ‘Rotto’ to locals) which earned its strange name in 1696 when Dutch explorer, William de Vlamingh thought that the resident marsupials, now known as Quokkas, were rats. The name Rottnest literally translates as ‘rats nest’.

Have you ever visited Rottnest Island? We’d love to hear what your experiences were and what you would suggest visitors ensure they see and do in the comments below.

Why Visit Rottnest in Winter?

If you have ever tried to book a summer holiday on this popular sun-soaked island, you’ll soon find that you need to save hard and book well in advance. With prices for a self-contained two-bedroom unit costing around $253 per night at the peak of summer, and no way to get caravan nor car onto the island if you wish to stay there, then you’ll need to expect these kinds of prices.

But if you’re looking for a long winter retreat and are willing to book for 8 weeks between June 5th and September 18th(2019), then you can secure one of these lovely units for just $75 per night. Perfect for those who can take the time away.

Getting to Rottnest Island

Ferries depart regularly from Perth’s Barrack Street Jetty, Fremantle and Hillarys Boat Harbour, or there is the option to get there by air with a seaplane, air taxi or helicopter. 

As cars are few and far between, the transport of choice once you are there are bicycles. You can either bring your own or hire them on arrival. The terrain is pretty flat, so it is an easy ride but, if you feel you’re not up to cycling or getting around on a Segway, there is excellent option to be had in the form of a hop-on, hop-off bus that runs daily.

Quokka Cuteness Overload

Rottness Island hosts what is undeniably the cutest and most photogenic animal in the world, the quokka. There is a small colony on the mainland, but they are found nowhere else on the planet.

Quokkas are tiny animals and are related to wallabies. They have no fear of humans so they will often come right up to you, but you must remember, as with any wildlife, you should not touch or feed them. Human food quickly makes these little guys malnourished.

You should keep a respectful distance and if you want to get a selfie, the best way to go about it is to use a selfie-stick. 

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