Rottnest Island is located 18 km off the coast of Western Australia. The only way to get there is by boat or plane, and there are a number of ferries which drive back and forth all day long. Private vessels are also allowed to drive there, but it’s advisable to have a boat that is reasonable sized, and to check the weather. In stormy conditions, the water can be extremely rough and dangerous for smaller boats. Rottnest Island is known throughout the world for the little creatures that run around everywhere, known as Quokka’s.
As you will see very quickly, the most common transport on the island is the humble push bike. There are only a few buses, and even less cars that are used on the island, so basically you either ride or catch the bus. Riding around the whole island can be done in about half a day, but be aware there are a lot of hills to climb up! If you have your own bike, you can put it on the ferry. Alternatively, you can hire a bike at the island, but they only have one gear and tend to be worse than most people’s bikes at home! If you do take your bike, make sure you give it a good wash when you get home because they will often get very salty. If you leave it for a few weeks, rust will start to occur on your bike!
You can also hire a person to ride you around Rottnest Island, but it’s extremely expensive and only for those who really can’t be bothered! Personally, being someone who likes to take rods and snorkeling gear along, I love the bus. Sometimes it is crowded, but it beats struggling along on a bike with half a tonne of gear with you.
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