With its 63 secluded white sandy beaches and 20 bays, it’s easy to see why the people of Perth proudly declare Rottnest Island (or “Rotto”) their very own island paradise.
Located just a short 30-minute ferry ride from Perth, Fremantle or Hillarys – Rottnest Island has shot to international fame in recent years largely in part to its native inhabitant – the quokka.
The small, furry and very cute marsupial became an internet sensation after an online news source declared it the ‘world’s happiest animal’ – amplifying the social media trend, the #quokkaselfie.
And it’s easy to see why the quokkas are so happy – they live in paradise. Classified as an ‘A’ Class Reserve, Rottnest Island has an abundance of natural assets including some of Western Australia’s best swimming, snorkelling and surfing beaches.
One of the unique elements of Rottnest Island is that it’s a car free zone, with the most popular mode of transport being the bicycle. Many of the island’s tourism offerings and practices reflect the focus on delivering sustainable and inspirational products with minimal environmental impact.
In keeping with the environmentally sustainable ethos of the Island – it was recently announced that an ecologically sensitive, world-class eco retreat was on its way Rottnest Island with an expected opening date of summer 2016.
A new short-stay, eco-style tent accommodation and food and beverage facility is being built at Pinky’s Beach as a leading sustainable development, catering for tourists and families.
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Check out the video below: “I managed to get a quokka selfie at Rottnest Island.”
Where is Rottnest Island? Just 19 kilometres off the coast of Western Australia, you can reach this car-free island by hopping on a ferry from Perth’s CBD, Fremantle and Hillarys Marina. Spend your day cycling from one pristine beach to another, snorkelling in the crystal clear waters and meeting the happiest animal on Earth, the quokka.