Rottnest Island

Not just a vacation

"National Dirty Day" we called it as my cousin Blake and I rolled around in dirt and mud. A cool ocean breeze blew through as my mom opened the front door to the cottage that Aunty Iggy was renting. Her face read only pure shock and horror for seconds before she threw her head back and cackled a long shriek of laughter. Memories came by the dozen at Rottnest Island. So did smiles it seemed.

You could never tire of the endless, pristine, cobalt blue ocean. Although, you might become slightly exhausted from biking everywhere. Yes, that's right, everywhere. No one (aside from some exceptions such as deliveries) uses cars here, and the only way to get to the island is by ferry. At the Island you can go scuba diving or snorkeling. But, if you aren't quite up to that, you can take one of their glass bottom boat trips and see the shipwrecks, tropical fish, and vibrant coral that way.

But the ocean isn't the only attraction. The wildlife on Rottnest is diverse, including kangaroos, numbats, wombats, koalas, and of course, the quokka. The island boasts a population of 8-12,000 of these macropods. Described as a kind of rat as big as a household cat, the island was named after these friendly creatures. Rats Nest, the original name of the island, was created by William de Vlamingh because of the quokka' rodent-like appearance. However, if you aren't that fussed about mammals and marsupials, the island is home to many types of birds and holds an abundance of diverse marine life in it's surrounding seas.

Rottnest Island is truly a memory in itself. There's lots of stuff to do, wether you go with family or alone. The Dome Café is available if you're in need of some breakfast and a cup of coffee, or if you just want a tasty pastry for brunch you can head to the local bakery. Of course, there's a supermarket if you'd prefer to cook for yourself. There is a pub if you'd like to go out for drinks with some friends and finally, if you run out of things to do (not likely) there is an arcade on the island. There's truly something for everyone.

Rottnest is fun for people of all ages, genders, and sizes, your whole family; wether that be kids or dogs will enjoy their stay at Rottnest Island. The white sand, gorgeous, clear ocean, and and amazing weather will have you wishing that you stayed longer. There's no place like home.... except for Rottnest Island.

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A travel article by Ellie Hudson