After getting back from Denmark (and "koala sleeping" for 14 hours straight -so tired after that Bibbulmun Track hike), I scampered off again to finally visit Rottnest with my friend Anna. Rottnest is an island off the coast of Perth, where lots of both Perthites and tourists go for a little beach vacation in the summer. Lucky for us, the "winter" weather scared off everyone else and Anna and I pretty much had the entire island to ourselves!
Note: Anna took a lot of these photos, so to be fair I marked each one she took with a little "(A)" in the caption. That ended up being a lot of the ones I posted, since she has a great eye for pictures and I am much lazier about keeping my camera handy. >.> So thanks Anna!
We kicked off our stay on Rottnest by setting up our tent -and not knowing where the tent poles were. Pro tip: always check underneath things like big tents spread out over the ground.... ^^; A little adrenaline is a good thing, right?
Next, we rented bikes and set off to explore the island! First stop, filling our water bottles.
|There's no natural fresh water on the island, so there's only two places to fill water bottles. Also, helmets are annoying but compulsory here. :/ (A)|
Second stop, lounging!
|This is Little Armstrong Bay, on the north side of the island. (A)|
|Little Armstrong Bay from a bluff above it.|
|Winter on Rottnest. Omg I love Australia. :D|
|PB&J sandwiches and beer on the beach: Classy. (A)|
|Some of the shells we found. (A)|
|Sea anemone! :D It's so spiky.... (A)|
|From Rottnest it's just a hop, skip and jump to Africa and Antarctica! (A)|
|Mauritius is thataway.|
|Once again, classy.|
|The quokkas really wanted to kill us and steal our food, I mean, help us cook.|
|Quokkas watching us while we cooked/ate dinner. It's a miracle we made it out alive. (A)|
|SO FURRY. It clearly covers up the madness inside. (A)|
|The train! Which looks more like a tram, but whatever. (A)|
|Rottnest was important to defending the harbor in WWII, so it's got a big 9inch gun installed. I was rather sad the nice tour guide lady made weird remarks about U.S. military dominance when she found out Anna and I are American. (A)|
|Before it was a gun post, Rottnest was a prison. Don't steal cakes. (A)|
Finally, it came time to get back on the ferry. But time for one last picture!