Our Rottnest Island Trip in Pictures

Some photos of our mini holiday to Rottnest Island on Saturday 27th December 2014:

image
The ferry carries hundreds of hire bikes. The only vehicles allowed on Rottnest Island are utility vehicles for the upkeep and maintenance of the island. And buses to bring tourists around.

image
One of the Rottnest Express ferries, seen from our ferry.

image
Full past capacity on the ferry. The journey takes 30 minutes from Fremantle to Rottnest Island. Distance is 20km.

image
My first smiling Quokka. They are known as the Happiest Animal On Earth. Yes, they really have a sweet smile and an inquisitive, friendly nature.

image
Inside one of the main provisions stores on The Settlement. Make sure you load up on water (extremely important as drinking taps are far and few between, and it’s very, very warm out on the tarmac) and other essentials such as sunscreen, insect repellant, sunglasses. And buy a packed lunch before you set off on your bikes, as there are no other shops on other parts of the island.

image
Adult Australian Raven in a tree. I’m going to research and write about Ravens next year…especially the difference between ravens and crows.

image
The waters are really that clear, and really that gorgeous colour.

image
Standing in the cool water. Ahhh bliss!

image
Me and the Kid in the water. There were loads of boats moored around us. And this was just one of many coves on the island.

image
Another cove, and more boats.

image
Panorama of a dried up lake showing crystalline salt deposits.

image
Close up of salt crystals on Pink Lake.

image
Board explaining how pink salt is formed.

image
Pink Lake.

image
We will not let this hill defeat us. We will not let this hill…oh what the heck, let’s just get off our bikes and push them instead! On the way to Oliver Hill Gun Battery.

image
All that way just for a big gun!

image
And tunnels. I love tunnels.

image
The Lighthouse, which we didn’t quite get to…on account of it being on a hill. And our hire bikes only had 3 gears, 2 of which didn’t work. Maybe next time…when we get electric bikes!

image
Back to the Settlement for more water and food. This is the island’s resident peacock on his perambulations. Fearless of humans, unless they’re children chasing after it.

image
Here’s Mr Peacock again, in a better light.

image
The Kid standing next to our hire bikes.

image
Round Two after lunch. Heading clockwise this time. Henrietta Rocks. She really does.

image
Panorama of Henrietta Rocks.

image

The Shark shipwreck on Henrietta Rocks.

image
Jack aka The Kid in the hole. Henrietta Rocks. You can see the Shark shipwreck sticking up out of the water behind him.

image

An unprecedented first. A Selfie! I never knew my new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (hubby’s early Xmas present to me) was capable of taking great selfies without the need to become a contortionist 😄.

image
Another Selfie! The whole family together.

image
The Kid and hubby on the rocks. Henrietta Rocks, to be precise. Shame we didn’t have our bathers, the waters looked so inviting.

image
Board explaining Henrietta Rocks and the Shark shipwreck. When we were there someone was actually snorkelling around the shipwreck.

image
Next stop, Parker Point. Here I got waylaid by a very cute and handsome Quokka, who led me into the trees where 2 of his mates were waiting. Okay, it’s not what you think…

image
This is what my Quokka boyfriend needed. A good drink of fresh water. There were several of these cut-off bottoms of plastic bottles lying around, so I filled one up with water. And 2 quokkas came to get their fill.
It was a blisteringly hot day, even the bitumen was melting under my shoes, these poor guys would have been really suffering.

image
My 2 quokka friends sharing the same water bowl.

image
Steps down to Parker Point. By this time we were all so knackered we decided to forego the pleasure of a step workout. So instead, we cycled back to The Settlement in readiness to go home. Boy was it a long ride back! Up, down, up, down…definitely electric bikes next time!

image
So here we are at Aristo’s Bar & Restaurant, cooling our feet until the 1825 ferry back to mainland Australia. Well no, once again we’ve been upstaged by yet another super cute Quokka.

image
Joke: A Quokka walks into a bar…

image
Oh, he got ejected soon after. A waiter picked him up by his thick rat’s tail, dropped him outside the bar and closed the door. Poor lil quokka. All he wanted was a drink.

image
Our ship has come in. All in all, it was a good day. Tiring, hot and sweaty, lots of flies, lots of exercise, litres of terribly expensive but totally essential and all-important bottled WATER. But I’m in love with Quokkas now and looking forward to another trip to Rotto next year.

2 thoughts on “Our Rottnest Island Trip in Pictures

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s