Sunday, April 07, 2013
Knowing that we were going to take a 1 hour ferry ride to Rottnest Island this morning, I got up and took my bonnine early. The ferry ride wasn't too choppy and, while I looked for whales, dolphins, and seals, I didn't see any.
Rottenest Island is car free so you can opt for the Bayseeker Bus that run around the island or bikes. We opted for both. First we took a bus tour around the island where we learned a little about the history of the island and then we rented bikes and explored on our own.
While the beaches and bays were quite inviting, I didn't have a swimsuit so I stuck to the land. The main settlement of Thomson Bay still has some of the early colonial cottages dating back to the mid 1800's, including the Salt Store and Lomas Cottage. The Salt Store was built in 1868 by the Aboriginal prisoners to house the salt collected from 2 of the island's salt lakes. Lomas Cottage was built for John Lomas who was an ex-convict that became an "Imperial Pauper" and for whom the Government provided housing and provisions. There is also a smaller settlement called Geordie Bay. If you decide to say over night you have several options to choose from; including hotels, cottages, villas and camping.
The island is home to an unique marsupial called Quokka that looks kind of like a cross between a large rat and a wallaby. We finally got to see a pod of Bottlenose dolphins when we got around to Salmon Bay. The fields of Rottnest Island Daisey were beautiful even if they are related to the carrot.
For lunch we stopped at Aristos, which has a wonderful view of the bay looking back towards Perth. They had all kinds of seafood and chip dishes and several seafood platters as well as a few salads to choose from. I went with the Chef's Spicy Thai Salad with Grilled Snapper, very light and refreshing.