We caught a bus just across from our hotel to take us to the ferry dock. And we had a lovely ride down the Swan River to Freemantle and them
N a short ride to the island.
Rottnest Island (known as Wadjemup to the local Noongar people, and otherwise colloquially known as Rotto) is an island off the coast of Western Australia, located 18 kilometres (11 mi) west of Fremantle. The island covers 19 square kilometres
Along with several other islands, Rottnest was separated from the mainland around 7,000 years ago, when sea levels rose. Human artefacts have been found on the island dating back at least 30,000 years, and the island is called Wadjemup by the Noongar people. Dutch sailors landed there on several occasions during the 17th century, by which time it was uninhabited. The island was named by Willem de Vlamingh in 1696, who called it Rotte nest ("rat's nest") after the quokka population.
They looked like rats to me, except they hop like kangaroos!
Going to Rotness, was like going back in time! There are no motorized vehicles allowed on the island- only bicycles, scooters, skateboards. There us one bus that does tours around the island. It is a popular holiday spot. The Friday we went was a long weekend for the school kids and the ferry was packed with families and bikes.
We thought we had signed up for the bus tour around the island! Oh, no! It was a wild adventure ride on a boat the rides into the waves and supposedly a nature sight seeing tour. Ok, right! They handed out spray jackets to put on once we got going. All right, a ride around the island in a boat, not a bus! The colour of the water! And so clear!
There is a light house on the island.
Yes, we saw seals sunning.
An osprey sitting on its nest.
And now we are under a winter storm watch! After looking at these wonderful beach photos!
It has been raining most of the day, which is very much needed. And maybe snow in the morning, we shall see! The mountains for sure will be getting snow!