Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Rottnest Island, Perth

Today's tour is the island of Rottnest, half an hour boat ride from Fremantle. We arrived at the Perth Jetty in the morning just in time to board the Oceanic cruise down the Swan River to Fremantle. We had a good view of the Perth skyline, the buildings and the many yacht clubs along the Swan River as we make our way to Fremantle.

From the jetty in Fremantle we took another ferry and was on our way to Rottnest Island, crossing the Indian Ocean. The island derived its name from 'rat nest' when the native animal quokkas (same family as the kangaroo) were mistaken as giant rats. It does look like a rat as the photo below shows.
Rottnest Island is an island of natural beauty with unspoilt beaches with abundant marine life. There are very little vehicles on the island and the best means of transport to explore the island is the bicycle. The are whale watching activities during the right time of the year.

We did a walk around on our own while waiting for lunch time. There was an old church and a modern one nearby where my wife did a little prayer.

We had buffet lunch at the Rottnest Lodge which was included in our package trip. The food was very good and the fish (actually the batter) and chips was even better than what I tasted at Cicerello's in Fremantle!

After lunch, we went on a coach tour round the island. It was rather windy that day and so it was quite chilly and I would rather stay indoor than out though there was a very deceiving clear blue sky.

At the appointed time, we took the ferry back to Fremantle and changed to the cruise ship back to Perth. We rushed back to Morley since today is Thursday and is the late night shopping day in the suburbs. My god sister picked us up from the Morley bus station and we went to the shopping centre at Mirrabooka, another suburb of Perth, and shopped till closing time at 9.00pm.

Ronald Kwok

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