An Island Getaway - Rottnest Island, Australia!

Situated just 19 kilometres off the coast of Fremantle, Western Australia’s very own Island getaway is the Rottnest Island. It features a casual atmosphere, picturesque scenery and some of the world's finest beaches and bays making it a popular destination for interstate and international visitors. Following are things to do on this island:

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1) Coastal Activities: It offers various kind of activities like boating, fishing, swimming, surfing, snorkeling and so on. Some of the famous beaches and bays here are Little Armstrong, Little Salmon Bay, Salmon Bay, Stark Bay and many more. Rottnest is home to many sheltered bays and beaches perfect for swimming. Popular spots include the Basin, Longreach Bay, Little Parakeet Bay, and Geordie Bay. The Basin is the best known swmming spot on this Island, with shallow and clear waters and only 10 minutes from the main settlement.
Surfing is again a popular activity since some of the best surfing conditions are found here. Strickland Bay, Salmon Bay and Stark Bay in particular are popular breaks for surfers and bodyboarders. Rottnest Island makes it one of the most fascinating snorkeling destinations to be found in such close proximity to a capital city.

2) Flora and Fauna: This Island is a protected A-Class Reserve which is home to many unusual animals and plants, particularly a small marsupial called the quokka. The quokka looks like a pint-sized kangaroo and is very popular with the tourists. Rottnest Island is home to many birds as well. Coastal birds around Rottnest Island include the pied cormorant, osprey, pied oystercatcher, silver gulls and more are found here.

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3) Biking: Cycling is a fun recreational activity for all ages and is environmentally friendly and the best way to discover Rottnest Island.

4) Wildlife and Nature: Rottnest offers plenty of opportunity to experience more nature. Here you can admire the fields of Rottnest Island Daisy flowering near Green Island during spring, also known as the blue lace flower, or spot a pod of Bottlenose dolphins feeding & surfing in Salmon Bay (north).  Or join the Discovery Tour and see osprey nests known to be over 70 years old at West End . Or listen out for the White-striped Freetail bat flying over the Settlement at night that was recently discovered as the second mammal species living on the Island and so on. You can even join one of the many free Walking Tours which depart daily from the Salt Store.

5) Family Fun Activities: You can fill your day with some great fun pack activities which are suitable for children and adults as well. A visit to the Family Fun Park which is open every day with classic pin-ball machines available to entertain children of all ages. Then there’s Just 4 Fun Aqua Park which is best for outdoor and water lovers. It has family activities and inflatable equipment suitable for all, including Trampolines, Slides, Giant see-saws, Rock climbing walls, Water volleyball, Obstacle course.