Rottnest is only a 25 minute ferry ride from Perth and it's one of the main attractions of the city. Also known as "Rotto", the island is a protected natural reserve and is renowned for its gorgeous small white sandy beaches and pristine waters. There are over 60 beaches on the island, 20 secluded bays and spectacular reefs for diving and snorkelling.
We spent the day visiting the beaches on the north-east side of the island:
Little Armstrong Bay
SeaLink kindly got us to Rottnest and the crossing went well - approx 25 minutes. An adult ticket costs $67 return (including the $18 Government admission fee to Rottnest Island). We took the first ferry there from Fremantale at 7am and took the last one back at 8pm to have the full day experience.
The little quokkas are also a popular attraction as these marsupials can only be found on Rottnest Island and they're really cute - I find they're a mix between a rat and a kangaroo... There are also colonies of sea lions and fur seals. The whale watching season runs from September to December so we didn't see any.
The island is car-free so the main options to get around are either by foot or by bike. The latter is my preferred choice as you can go a bit further and I find it's easier to cycle and get the fresh breeze rather than walking under the hot sun... There are several bike rides to choose from depending on how motivated you are to cycle. To get to Ricey Beach from the Pedal and Flipper bike hire it took us around 30 mins (bike rental- $30/day). There's also a small bus that goes around the island but I'm not sure how frequent it is.
For more information on accommodation, tours, daily activities, etc. visit Rottnest Island website.
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