Day 15: Perth – Rottnest Island – Perth (part 1)

Our choice to go to Rottnest on the sunniest day of the week was a good one. As part of our package tour, we took a bus to Fremantle then a ferry to Rottnest. These first two photos show Fremantle harbour from the ferry.
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This is the jetty at Rottnest Island.
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Because all supplies for the island must come by boat, we saw some unusual things being unloaded.
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Behind us, we could see the distant skyline of Perth city.
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Part of our package tour included a trip around the island by bus. The only other ways to get around the 11 kilometre long island arebby foot or by bicycle. We didn’t have time to cycle around the whole island so the bus was a logical choice. Here are some of the points of interest:
The former military barracks, now backpacker style accommodation available to groups
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A wrecked boat that broke its moorings in Fremantle (18 km away) during a storm and came aground on Rottnest Island
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sand dunes — hundreds of tonnes of sand have been moved from this site to stop the barren sand dunes from taking over the island after attempts at revegetation failed
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views around the coast
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a view of the lone wind turbine
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a view of the lighthouse
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an osprey nest on a rocky outcrop
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… and another one
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mad keen surfers
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