Day 15: Perth – Rottnest Island – Perth (part 2)

If you’d like to read Part 1 of this day’s post, please look here

After the bus tour and lunch, we began a little walking tour of our own, seeing the sights near the “settlement” that interested us most.

First, the Catholic church, painted in “Rottnest Island ochre” — a colour used all over the island; apparently, white was too hard on the eyes!
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The Chapel, now used for Anglican church services
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Views of the salt lakes — 3 times saltier than sea water and once the source of all of Western Australia’s salt!
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And the island’s popular resident — the quokka, after which the island was named. The Dutch called it Rottnest (meaning Rat’s Nest) believing the native marsupial (which hops like a very small kangaroo) to be a large rodent! The only remaining population of them is now on this island — and they number about 10,000!
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Feeding them with processed human food makes them sick so we fed them with leaves from the trees they eat from as part of their natural diet.

Of course, the health department doesn’t allow them into stores selling food either, so the general store has come up with a nifty solution!
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Just before we left Rottnest Island, Himself took some photos of some of the buildings in The Settlement — some of these are used by workers on the island, others can be rented as holiday accommodation.
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And some photos looking towards Perth across the water.
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As the bus drove into Perth at sunset, Himself couldn’t resist a couple more photos.
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