05.11.2014 - 05.11.2014 80 °F
Today my AirBnb host Susanne and I headed off for Rottnest Island, a popular tourist destination about 20 miles off the coast near Perth.
More about the history of the island later. We took Rottnest Fast Ferries and rented bikes from them as well. After a smooth 45 minute ride we arrived at the island. We headed down the road.
The coastline is quite nice, with rolling hills and lots of small bays. It was pretty breezy as well.
Here's Susanne and me (the lopsided one)
The island was called Rottnest by the Dutch but it isn't inhabited by rats, but rather by a cool little critter, the quogga
and here are two - they are very used to people (and being fed, I bet) and these guys were hanging out by a picnic table; obviously highly intelligent animals - Yogi Bear class!
We also ran across an osprey nest on a rock just offshore and later saw the osprey on the wing.
Our goal was Green Island, a wildlife sanctuary with an offshore island to provide a bit of shelter.
We had brought snorkel gear and although the water was in the 'you'll get used to it' category, we had a very pleasant swim. Underwater it was mostly seagrass and some nice sized fish. Quite pretty, but I decided not to pack my gopro this trip. I figured I would miss it maybe once or twice and this is definitely one of those times. Just one of those tough calls to try and keep the luggage under control.
After a swim we warmed up on the beach - unfortunately we spent a bit too much time so we were at some risk of missing the last ferry off the island. We started heading back and I suggested we take a shortcut across the island. Miracle of miracles, it actually turned out to be an excellent guess and we made it back with a bit of time to spare. Off on the boat back to Perth and another mighty fine day.