Rottnest Island is a paradise in the middle of Western Australia, you cannot miss it when in Perth. And the best way to know it is to ride your bike along the 24 km of asphalted roads, besides the sandy inner roads to get to the hidden beaches. For the not so sporty ones, there a bus line all day, after all, cars are not allowed in the island.
Most of the way is plain, with a few slopes. The roads are often empty; however, bikers should stay on the left – just like the cars. In the beginning we were warned by other fellow bikers. It is hard, we tend to ride on the right lane, when we realized we were in the middle of the road and got scared sometimes when the bus came in our direction. The video shows parts of our ride.
The Dutch discovered the island in 1696 and named it after the great amount of giant rats that lived here. In fact, the rats are from the marsupial family – the QUOKKAS, similar to the kangaroos. They are used to having visitors and always want food, we offered tree leaves and we could even pet them. In the 19th century it was a prison for the aborigines and only in the 20th century it became a protected reserve, turning into a place leisure and tourism for the Australian people.
There are 63 beaches, 20 bays and a lighthouse with a view of the island and the continent beaches; it is the highest spot in Rottnest. There are beaches for snorkeling, surfing (the best waves of WA), fishing or just hanging around on the white sand and emerald-green sea. There is also a golf club, plane tour, movies, aborigine museum, wind turbine, a tour on 2nd World War underground tunnels, activities for
children on the weekends and a harbor with restaurants and coffee houses.
Translated by Lúcia Maciel
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