Clear blue water, white sand, snorkelling over reefs, fresh crayfish for lunch, pelicans on the beach and dolphins playing in the distance…it’s summer….and we’re on Rottnest Island!
Rotto is our nickname for Rottnest Island, a small island about 20 kilometres from the West Australian coast, just off Fremantle.
This summer playground for West Australians of all ages is actually a Class A Nature Reserve. No cars are allowed on the island apart from a few work vehicles and the island busses. Ferries from Fremantle and Hillary arrive at the main settlement of Thomson Bay.
The bays around the island are beautiful…there’s plenty to see even if you come for just a day, so rent a bike, grab you snorkel and flippers and head off to explore these stunning bays.
Join me as I flick through my Instagram gallery for January and relive the lazy, summer days of January on Rottnest Island
Rottnest Island in January
In Thomson Bay you’ll find the islands most famous inhabitants… the quokka.
Quokkas are small marsupial animals. They are found all over the island but it’s often easier to find them around the food areas even though you are not allowed to feed them! Read all about the quokka and how everyones loves quokkas
We stay in one of the bays further around the island that is away from the crowds.
The most important part of the day is heading out to check the cray pots. This is a daily routine which quickly becomes the main topic of conversation…’how many did you get today’ or ‘the crays aren’t around at the moment’.
Lunch depends on catching a couple of them!
Nature surrounds us. As well as the quokkas on the mainland we have an abundance of bird and animal life to watch coming and going. So far we have not been to see the seals that live a couple of bays away but before summer leaves us, we’ll be sure to visit!
Pelicans are fascinating birds. They are often waiting for us on the beach. It’s the perfect opportunity to watch the peculiar way they bend their necks to sleep and eat. There’s one particular pelican who is quite friendly…we’ve all named him Denis! One day Denis accompanied me as I walked the length of the bay staying only a metre from the shore!
One of the greatest pleasures in life is to sit in a dinghy surrounded by these beautiful creatures of the sea. Sometimes they come into the bay and play around the boat but at other times, especially when there is a large pod, they stay just outside the entrance to the bay. On this particular day there would have been about thirty of them, catching fish and diving around us. Some of the fins are quite gnarled giving us a chance to recognise them each time they visit.
There are seven osprey nests on the island and one is on the headland at the end of the bay. We often see them flying over head, gathering food for their babies. The nests are big and surprisingly survive from season to season despite the harsh winter winds and rain.
Sunrise and Sunset
Two beautiful times of the day which are even more stunning at Rottnest
And it’s a sunset that is this month’s most popular instagram photo…..
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