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Located approximately 18 km west of Fremantle, Rottnest Island is Perth’s scenic island playground. With some of the finest beaches in the world, outstanding scenery, and miles of natural beauty, Rottnest Island is the ideal place at which you can escape from the city and enjoy some of life’s most simple pleasures.
With almost no cars on the island, an old-fashioned bike ride is a great way to explore Rottnest Island and is also one of the most convenient forms of transport. Hiring a bike is easy, as you will find the largest bike equipment hire facility in the Southern Hemisphere on the island, with over 1300 different bicycles to choose from.
Beaches and Bays
Rottnest Island’s 63 beaches and 20 bays have won a number of different awards and are considered to be some of the best beaches in Australia, if not the world. The most difficult part is choosing which beaches to visit, although you can take an island tour to see some of the most popular if you wish, which include Cape Vlamingh, Fish Hook Bay, Little Armstrong and Little Salmon Bay. Whether you want to splash around in the water, relax in the sand, spend the afternoon fishing, or experience a magical underwater world by doing some diving, Rottnest Island makes it easy to take the time to relax and enjoy the abundance of natural beauty all around.
Taking a walk is one of the simplest pleasures in life, and can also do the body a world of good. The Wadjemup Walk Trail on Rottnest Island extends for over 50km, with the trail split up into five main sections, so that you can walk the section that appeals to you the most. The Bickley Bay Walk and the Salmon Bay Walk are two sections that are steeped in World War II history, from impressive guns to the remains of the Coastal Defence system that was installed here. The Lakes Walk takes visitors through the island’s extensive lake system and includes a stroll along the Lake Boardwalk, which is designed to create the illusion of walking on water. No matter which section of the trail you choose, taking a walk around Rottnest Island will enable you to see the landscape from a much more personal perspective, taking in your surroundings at your own pace and time.
Rottnest Island is packed with wildlife, with many opportunities for unique wildlife encounters that will make your visit even more unforgettable. It is from Rottnest Island that you can watch 35,000 migrating whales playing with their young in the calm water that surrounds the island, as well as seals splashing around in the bay and sunbathing on the rocks. The island is also filled with wild birds, frogs and bats, while the waters that surround the island is home to around 135 species of tropical fish.
With modern day life tending to be quite busy and hectic, taking some time to enjoy the simple pleasures is always a good idea. Rottnest Island offers some of life’s greatest simplest pleasures, from a stroll on the beach to an incredible wildlife encounter to a simple bike ride, and you will no doubt leave the island with your mind, body and soul feeling completely rested and relaxed.