Trip Start Mar 03, 2007
28Trip End Apr 2009
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I had heard a lot about how I had to get out to Rottnest Island 40 minutes off the coast of Fremantle and so the day finally came when I made the trip out there with Ewa, although at first is seemed destined that we wouldn't make it.
We got up rather early by my standards and I struggled to down some breakfast, before showering up, packing a lunch for the day. and then hoping in the car that decided that it was also way too early and that starting was way, way too much of a struggle. We soon came to realise that we probably weren't going to make it today when after a final turning of the key some two hours later the car sprung into life and we were off.
We arrived in Fremantle via the speed camera which snapped despite my valiant attempt at slamming on the breaks after seeing the car in front striking a pose for the camera and then scrambled to the docks with minutes to spare to catch the 10:30 a.m. boat that didn't exist.
The next ferry was at 11.30 and after deciding not to go and then reversing that decision we were on board the ferry ($53) with our bikes that we had hired from the same company, who loaded them onto the boat for us ($18).
A small amount of time later and we arrived on the docks at Rottnest to a stunning day. Quite a surprise as the early morning in Perth had produced quite strong winds and I was sure they would be worse out here.
We stopped of at the local information centre for a map and then started cycling towards our first swimming spot.
It became apparent pretty early on that I had not given Rottnest nearly enough respect as the Island proved to be simply stunning. On top of this it was perfectly designed for bikes and pedestrians to amble around the small paved roads to each new stunning location Bikes are definitely the way to go here folks, just remember to bring plenty of sunscreen and plenty of water.
We managed to take in some snorkeling at Little Salmon Bay, took in many awesome sea views, had lunch in a secluded little spot with our feet soaking in the water and swam at loads of spectacular beaches with the contrasting white sands and rich light blue water.
Rotto is a definite must on a sunny day! www.rottnestisland.com