Rottnest Island is southwest of Perth in the Indian Ocean and only 11 miles off the Australian coast. There are express boats that leave daily from Perth and Fremantle. I’ve been on the Island once before in 2012 when I was single. It was great walking around, swimming and I even got to take a whale watching tour: A Beach and Animal Day. So yesterday, since I have a little break before classes begin full-time and we also needed an adventure for Flat Stanley, Ryan and I figured that a trip out to Rottnest to meet quokkas was in order.
These little guys live only a couple other places besides Rottnest (named “Rats Nest” because the Dutch that named the Island thought the quokkas were really large rats). And they are curious, gentle and pretty cute. They hop around, hang out and will drink water from your hand.
Besides hanging out with the quokkas, we also biked around the island (which was not my favorite part of the trip). But the bikes did allow us to get out and see more than I had before. It’s beautiful here and this was our view as we ate lunch in between snorkeling adventures. Snorkeling was a highlight. I loved being in the water. The weather was perfect, not too hot or too cold so we lost track of time chasing fish and taking videos. The first place we went in the water was ok but the second place (right below where we ate lunch), had a ton of fish and more bright colors. I even found a place where I could swim under and through a coral tunnel. This picture is for Beverly, although it’s not the official pink lake (we didn’t have time to ride by that one). Rottnest does have a few lakes with high salt content and I’m sure some other mineral that cause them to be pink! While biking by this one, it seemed to have a bright salmon, almost orange color that didn’t show up as bright in the picture.Ryan and I had a great day at Rottnest Island. If you come visit us, Rottnest is on the list of places you could enjoy too! And we’ll supply the SPF50 sunscreen. We applied 3 times and managed to escape only a little singed. Well worth it for the fun adventure of a day.