COME SEE Rottnest Island, Western Australia
COME SEE ROTTNEST ISLAND, WESTERN AUSTRALIA.
|BEST TIME TO VISIT|
Spring – Autumn | Avoid days over 25 degrees.
half – full day
Anywhere from 2 – 5 hrs to cycle the whole island.
Rottnest Island is highly underrated. If you’re visiting Perth, we defo recommend it! If you enjoy discovering small, secluded bays and beaches and don’t mind swimming in some of the clearest, most turquoise water in AUS.
Envisioning what we assumed to be a small, touristy island close to Perth CBD, we definitely didn’t have my hopes up for this adventure. But we should never assume because what we were graced with was crystal clear, turquoise water and a long strip of soft, white sand all to our selves… boy were we wrong.
There is a 35 minute Rottnest Express Ferry that takes you from Fremantle’s Victoria Quay over to this magical place. The sail over was fairly smooth thanks to the perfect weather!
Now is maybe when we should mention that the only way to get around Rottnest Island is via bicycle or foot. So when you book your ferry tickets you can also book some bikes with the same company. Once we arrived, we claimed our bikes from the ferry company and stopped passed the info center for a map.
First stop, The Rottnest BAKERY! Cheers to our Uber driver for the recommendation. Golden flakey puff pastry with free tomato sauce for Zade and Jackie even got real pieces of steak and mushrooms in her pie! We always have room for dessert, so a Vanilla Slice it was! 10/10.
With our tummies full, drone, camera and bags squished onto the back of our bikes… we mapped where we wanted to go and just like that we were off with the wind! Well, I wish there was more wind. A cool breeze would’ve been perfect because it was starting to get really warm.
We took off towards Geordie Bay in search of a heart shaped water hole which was our first stop to send the drone up in the air. Being high tide we sent her up and weren’t having much luck seeing the heart. All of a sudden we hear “IS THAT YOUR DRONE”. We look up and see a very angry lady approaching. She then began to tell us we werent allowed to fly it above her family on the beach as she has small children and she also thinks the sound of them are horrific. So back on our bikes we went to the next stop.
Peddling away we came across our first big hill, which wasn’t the easiest but, also wasn’t the hardest to endure thus far. Shortly after we came to a little slice of heaven… Catherine Bay. We had reached the turquoise, clear water and long strip of white sand with… yep you guessed it NO HUMANS. How lucky were we! Make sure you try and get there on a weekday for a better chance of less humans killing your vibe.
We hopped off our bikes and swiftly skipped through the snake bush pathway down to the beach. The feels were REAL. We were instantly at ease. “BABE GET IN THE WATER” Jackie hovers over and dabbles her toes in whilst making her ‘too cold face’ so I told her how crazy she was and kept floating around in heaven. I even had a moment where I thought I want to build a tiny house right above the sand dunes right here. Screw it, lets build a tiny house where ever we visit!! We couldn’t wait to get some cool shots. It was time to let Frida be FREE. Frida is the name of our drone.
Not keen to keep cycling but keen to see more of the island we were off to the next spot, by this stage we had already endured about 1.5 liters of water EACH – stay hydrated peeps. Gone were the straight, flat roads I was speaking of.. we had well and truly hit the hills. Pushing slowly through the steep incline and flying back down to what seems like fun… not when your doing it in the heat all damn day.
With our determined, peddling feet, feeling the heat arise from the burning cement and sting of the sun on our backs envisioning what ‘The Neck’ of Rottnest will look like we had just enough motivation left in our tanks to keep on keeping on. We were so glad we did… amazing views.
Before we knew it, it was time to start heading back… lucky we didn’t fall asleep. No water left, hungry and extremely tired we hopped back on our bikes and wished we had seat cushions. About another half an hour ride back to home base, almost every steep hill we had to get off our bikes and walk it up the hill, 1 percent motivation by now.
But guess what guys… even though it seems like we almost died… we didn’t! We made it back and decided to treat ourselves with a beer and a subway surrounded by hungry quokkas. Even with all exhaustion “Rotto” ended up being one of the biggest highlights of Perth. Isn’t it nice to be pleasantly surprised!
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