Day 5, Monday, February 8 2010
Today is the day we decided to visit Rottnest Island which is just off the coast of Perth and can be reached by ferries going off from Fremantle or Hillary’s boat harbour. We decided to go from Fremantle and John brought us to the dock early in the morning.
Rottnest Island is a beautiful little island with a few nice beaches, only bicycles for travelling and can be ridden around in about half a day with bicycles. Rottnest is known for its cute quokka’s. They were first thought to be bigger sized rats, but are more small little wallabies and are quite tame on the island.
We hired ourselves two bikes and then started on a tour around the island. The second beach we saw, we locked up the bikes and then went down to the beach where we walked along the nice sand and enjoyed the view. After putting on our wet suits to protect us from the sun we went snorkelling. Sadly there wasn’t all that much too see, but it was still nice to go for a swim.
After that we carried on driving around the island and went to every one or other beach, finally realizing that at this rate we wouldn’t manage to get around the island at this pace as we kept swimming and sun bathing. It was quite fun.
At one lookout on the north west side of the island Iris found beatiful shells of her favourite sort which she was always hoping she could have in her jewelery. She picked up a bunch, hoping it wouldn’t be a problem at the airport later when going home…
In the end time did not let us go around the island so we just cut through the middle of it. This turned out to be a very good thing, as there were quite a few lakes in the middle of the island which looked beautiful. Sadly we didn’t have so much time anymore as we had to give the bikes back quite early, so we just hurried past and took a couple of pictures.
After giving the bikes back we spent our remaining time waiting for the ferry by enjoying the sun on the grass.
When we were back at home we then went about booking our flight to Alice Springs including the hostel and the Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon trip which we wanted to do. We wanted to leave on the 12th of February and start the trip on the 13th of February so we booked everything accordingly.