Day 58

Trip Start Sep 23, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

We were well and truly ready for the 7.15 am departure time of the Rottnest Ferry and the 40 minute ride across the water. It is still getting light at 4.45 am and the caravan park is full of all sorts of noises by 6.00am. Emmy has been sleeping in but has been getting up every morning and playing with Bon Bon the caravan park's resident rabbit. Also joining us for breakfast every day have been a very weight challenged white duck (he had a more politically incorrect name but this has been amended for this blog) and his friend Speckly Deckly and a mother duck and her two ducklings.
The ferry was very bumpy and all of us began to feel hot, clammy and in desperate need of a sick bag. Fortunately, we all hung on and made it to solid ground with breakfast still in tack. Emmy commented "Why did you have to book us on THIS cruise?" I was thinking the same thing!
Rottnest Island is basically a license to print money. The ferry trip cost $212 return for the family and the bus another $30 to hop on and off during the day and you can imagine the food prices! We later discovered many Perth locals had never been to Rotto. This is probably no doubt due to the exorbitant prices.
We had a settling coffee and caught the bus for a trip around the island. We stopped at one of the last beaches called Geordie Bay because it was pretty protected from the wind. However, the wind changed direction and managed to blow sand into absolutely everything. Some of the best snorkelling locations were blown out.
We finally caught sight of some quokkas and they looked like over sized rats. Rottnest Island was named from the translation of rat's nest and you can see why the early visitors were mistaken. However, they were kind of cute and very comfortable with humans.
We went back to a beach near the jetty that was out of the wind and relaxed by swimming and snorkelling.
The return passage back to the mainland was much better (the travel calm helped) and a meal of fish and chips finished off the day. One interesting observation from tea was that you had to buy your fish and chips in package deals (e.g. One piece of Spanish Mackerel and chips $15.00) Imagine trying to introduce that in Geelong.
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