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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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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