Rottnest Island Australia
Just off the coast of Perth, in the midst of the Indian Ocean, is Rottnest Island, Australia. The island is home to a small marsupial named the quokka, looking a lot like a miniature kangaroo, which gives the island its name. Back when Dutch explorers visited the island, they thought the quokka was an unusually large rodent, so they named the island Rottnest, which means rat's nest. Locals now refer to the island as Rotto.
Rottnest Island, Australia is also home to over 60 pristine beaches. Take a short 30-60 minute ferry ride from Perth and discover secluded beaches where one can snorkel and scuba dive. No cars are allowed on the island. The most popular means of traveling around is by bicycle. Bus charters and tours are available for those who don't want to bicycle or walk.
For the avid diver, Rottnest Island, Australia is surrounded by coral reefs which hosts a myriad of sea life and exotic fishes. Dolphins and sea turtles are frequently spotted in the waters. A 100 year old shipwreck off the shores offers an opportunity to hunt for hidden treasures. Sailing is also a popular way to see Rotto and boats can be hired from the island. Rotto also has an airport where scenic flights tour the island from above.
Rotto is an A Class Nature Reserve. Besides the quokka, visitors can witness a variety of birds that are attracted to the island due to the brine shrimp that lives in the salt lakes. There are also 22 varieties of reptiles and amphibians that reside on the island.
The moderate climate makes Rottnest Island, Australia a year round travel destination with a multitude of accommodations and local restaurant and shops to satisfy everyone.