mardi 21 février 2012

Rottnest Island excursion

12/02/12 : Rottnest Island

On Sunday I booked a trip to go visit Rottnest Island.

I went with some friends I had made at the backpackers we were staying at.
It is a small Island not far off the coast from Perth. 
Rottnest Island is a nature reserve, a region of natural beauty and wonder with unspoilt beaches, spectacular flora and abundant marine life and wildlife.
Public vehicles are not permitted on the Island, therefore, the only real way to explore the island is on bike.
I hadn’t ridden a bike for about 2 years, so was a bit worried I wouldn’t manage to cycle, or that I would fall off and make a fool of myself, or not keep up with the guys, but it actually all went well !
The tour we did by bike
The ferry trip to Rottnest is about 45 minutes. The ferry was a fast one. Really fast ! The sea was a bit rough going over, and the ferry would literally ‘take-off’ when it hit a wave !
The island was magnificent.
White sandy beaches and creeks. I had never seen a sea with so many different tints of blue!
The views were breath-taking.
After having cycled for a while, we stopped to have a break on a beach and go snorkelling. It was so nice to cool off in the water. Plus snorkelling was really fun !

After our break we headed off to explore the centre off the island.
This is where we met the Quokkas.
Quokkas are funny little animals. Rottnest Island is the only place in Australia where they live.
They look like a cross between a rat and a kangaroo !
They are also rather tame. 
With one of the guys we stopped on the side of the road to wait for the others, and suddenly these littles quokkas came out of the bush !! They came right up to us and let us pet them. So cute !
After a while we said goodbye to the Quokkas and headed back to the ferry.
Funny 'no quokkas' sign on a shop door
We also got to met these enormous spiders! There were loads of them in the bushes on the island!

It was a great outing. A bit of fresh air and change of scenery from the city life we had been living for the last week.

Can't wait to see more beautiful places like this!
PS: loads of these photos I nicked from the guys! ;)

Le carnet de voyage (en français)
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