A short trip away from Perth lies Rottnest Island, a jewel off the coastline of Western Australia. The island is accessible by boat or by air and is home to yet more fabulous antipodean wildlife, and has some historical importance too.
AT A GLANCE
Rottnest Island is home to many habitats. Sandy beaches lead to salt lakes and swamps and the island is surrounded by coral reefs. The island was home to a colonial settlement as the country was formed and has been a tourist destination from as early as the 1900s.
WHAT TO SEE
There are plenty of activities to partake in across the island, from surfing and fishing to hiking. However one simply must not miss the opportunity to see Rottnest Island’s most famous inhabitant – the quokka. Take one of the many walking tours into the marsupials’ natural habitat to learn more about this iconic animal.
WHY WE LIKE IT
We love the rugged beauty of Rottnest Island, and its casual laid-back charm. With plenty of activities and spas to enjoy and indulge yourself, it may be worth spending a night or two off the mainland.