Rottnest is a family friendly and relaxing island situated off the coast of Western Australia. You can expect to see abundant marine life, soft sand beaches, and meet the happiest animal in the world, the Quokka, in the island. Families usually make their weekend trips to Rottnest to escape the busy atmosphere of the city to have a swim in the and calm and clear waters. Rottenest is affectionately known as “Rotto” by the locals. The island is car-free and if you are looking to get around on the island, the best way is by bicycle.
Getting to “Rotto”
“Rotto” is just 8 km off the coast of Western Australia. It is a 45-minute ride from the Hilary Boat Harbor, 25 minutes by ferry from Fremantle, and 90 minutes by ferry from Barrack Street Jetty.
Relax and have fun in the beaches
Rottnest is an ideal place for watersports that include surfing, diving, fishing, swimming, and snorkeling. Rottnest has 63 beaches and kids can have fun in the Just 4 fun Aquapark which is located in Thomason bay which also has rock climbing walls, inflatable floating rides, obstacle courses, and paddle boats that can be hired. You can get to know more information about the cultural and historical heritage and the fauna and flora of the island while you are there.
Watch the giants in action
The island is the ideal place to watch southern right whales and humpback whales as they make their annual migration along to coast of Western Australia. One of the best places for whale watching is the West End Boardwalk which can be accessed by the Island Explorer bus or a bike.
Quokka, the happiest animal in the world
Rottnest is the home of the most photogenic and cutest animal in the world, known as the quokka. These small animal are found in abundance on the island. They do not fear humans and may come up to a visitor.