Rottnest Island

Picture this, a small little island off the coast of Perth with soft sand beaches, crystal clear blue waters, famous locals who can’t stop smiling, and a laid back carefree vibe that can only be found when everything runs on "island time".

Rottnest Island is just that! Located 18 kilometers off the coast of Perth this little oasis awaits. With over 60 beaches on the island that is only 19 kilometers squared you will be sure to find a special little oasis made just for you. You will also be able to meet a local critter native to the island that is famous for its very positive outlook on life. These experiences alongside opportunities for activities such as skydiving, snorkeling, whale watching, bike riding, wining and dining, shopping, and boating make Rottnest the perfect destination for everyone.

If it is a beach day you are after Rottnest will deliver. There are 63 beaches, bays, and coves to be found as you explore your way around the island. You can sit with your feet in the white squeaky sand as the salt breeze blows through your hand and crystal clear blue waters lap at your toes on a hot summer's day. Many beach activities can be found on the island ranging from free snorkeling trails, to an aqua park complete with a climbing wall and obstacle course to keep the little ones busy.

Aside from its stunning beaches, Rottnest is most famous for its local marsupial resident, the quokka. This little animal has arguably made Rottnest Island a globally renowned as it is home to what is said to be the cutest and most photogenic animal in the world. These tiny animals are related to wallabies and native to Rottnest Island. They are only found in a few other places on the mainland making Rottnest Island an essential habitat for their species survival. You will no doubt run into many quokkas on your visit to Rottnest and if you are lucky you will even get to take a selfie with the happiest animal on earth due to the fact that they will always appear to be smiling in pictures. But be sure not to get too close and never touch or feed the wildlife.

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Getting around Rottnest Island is also part of the adventure. There are no cars on the island and most visitors opt to explore by cruising around on bicycles. There are no shortage of bikes available for hire on the island or you can simply pay to bring your own bike across on the ferry. This adds to the casual beach atmosphere of the island where you will undoubtedly have the opportunity to slow down and enjoy all the wonders the island has to offer. However, if biking is not your thing there are other options available such as a local bus that circulates through all the various stops around the island allowing you to simply hop on and hop off as you please.

Some other notable attractions for the island would be going to visit the seals at Cathedral Rock. With a stunning viewpoint of this rock which is home to a large seal colony you will be able to stay and watch the seal playfully glide through the water, sunbake on the rock and even argue with one another. If you aren’t bored yet of watching marine life you can then head over to the West End Boardwalk and in the right season you will be able to see the humpback and southern right whales as they pass by the island on their long journey between Antarctica and the Indian Ocean.

And after a long day of exploring, you can head into town for a nice cold beverage and a tasty meal before retiring to your hotel room or your ferry terminal so you can rest up and do it all over again tomorrow. With so many stunning beaches to discover, cute animals to meet and observe, as well as bars and restaurants to indulge in, Rottnest Island is a little island oasis waiting for you to discover.