Why is Rottnest Island famous?

Why is Rottnest Island famous?

Famous for its laid back atmosphere and beautiful beaches, Rottnest Island lies just 19 kilometres offshore from Perth surrounded by the sparkling Indian Ocean. This is where the locals go to swim, surf, snorkel, fish and relax. Surrounded by coral reefs and shipwrecks, the diving and snorkelling is out-of-this-world.

How long does it take to get from Perth to Rottnest Island?

Rottnest ferries take approximately 25 minutes from Fremantle, 45 minutes from Hillarys Boat Harbour, or 90 minutes from Perth’s Barrack Street Jetty. Please note Rottnest Island ferry timetables vary depending on the time of year and weather conditions.

Does anyone live on Rottnest Island?

It’s home to a community! Rottnest is a popular destination for day-trippers and holiday-makers, with more than half a million people visiting every year. But did you know Rottnest is a permanent home to around 100 people who live on the Island?

What is the best time to visit Rottnest Island?

The best time to visit Rottnest Island is in Autumn or Spring. The months of October and November are recommended as the weather is perfect and the seas calm enough for a swim or water sports. Rottnest Island has a temperate Mediterranean style climate with wet-mild winters and dry summers.

Can you swim at Rottnest Island?

With a choice of over 63 secluded beaches and 20 bays, you will be spoilt for choice. With so many unique bays and beaches, Rottnest Island offers a variety of water sports from swimming to diving, fishing and surfing. Choose from snorkelling at Little Salmon Bay or seeing spectacular ocean views from the West End.

Is it safe to swim at Rottnest Island?

Re: Which is the safest bay at rottnest from sharks? There has been one shark attack in Rotto waters in recent years and that was Oct 2011. That hardly suggests the waters are teeming with creatures waiting to attack you. Thousands of people swim in all the Rotto bays every week without issue.

Are there rats on Rottnest Island?

The quokka is possibly the most well-known animal on Rottnest Island. It was first observed by a European in 1658 when the Dutchman, Volkersen, wrote that it resembled an Asian civet cat, but with brown hair. In 1696 de Vlamingh described the quokka as “a kind of rat as big as a common cat”.

Are there snakes on Rottnest Island?

There are two species of snakes present on the Island, the Southern Blind Snake and the Dugite. The Southern Blind Snake is a non-venomous burrowing snake, and the Dugite is a slender, dark brown, venomous snake.

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