Rottnest Island at Perth W.A. was an absolute dream.
Our journey around Rottnest Island began at the jetty point, where we disembarked the boat from Perth (see pink circle below). The whole island was pretty darn amazing, but the pink crosses were where we stopped, and you’ll see bits of the scenery below! 🙂
Rottnest is essentially every cyclist/nature-lover’s dream come true – the entire island is just a beautiful adventure of extremely instagrammable locations/bays/points, all connected together by one long, smooth cycling path.
Today I’ll be sharing the route we took and the views we saw along the way! 😀 We started our day relatively early – slightly before noon, but we could only explore about half the island before we had to hurry back to the jetty to catch the last boat at ~5PM. Follow the black dotted line on the map! 😀
Island Jetty – Thomson Bay – Little Salmon Bay – Salmon Bay – Pink Lakes (YES you read that right) – Parakeet Bay – Geordie Bay – Island Jetty
Our first pit stop is the incredibly photogenic Thomson Bay! Swimming is allowed, but there wasn’t a lot of marine life here to warrant a snorkel.
The incredible view of the vast Indian Ocean and the endless blue sky was nothing short of breathtaking though.
Little Salmon Bay
Little Salmon Bay is extremely popular for snorkelling! It’s (as it’s name suggests) really little: just a small stretch of beach and bay, no more than 200 metres across. But the bay opens out to the ocean, and there’s lots to see underwater!
There are little demarkation points underwater (10 in total, if I remember correctly) to follow as you’re snorkelling there. We tried really, really hard to follow them but…
The water was WAAY TOO COLD!!!!!
We spent a good half an hour squatting in the FREEZING COLD WATERS, submerged to our thighs, screaming at the cold and making a spectacle of ourselves… 😅😂
I’d say we provided some pretty good entertainment for the sun tanners on shore 😎
By the time we (basically forced ourselves to acclimatise) started to snorkel, the beach was quite empty…
I think they got tired of our shrieking
We barely made it to the first snorkelling check point out of 10, but hey – judging from the photos, you wouldn’t even be able to tell 😌
Salmon Bay, the bigger brother of Little Salmon Bay, was very beautiful – think pristine white sand, wooden staircases, etc. The stuff instagram was made for.
But I’d say the reason why Salmon Bay is truly worthy of mention is…
There were SO MANY!!! And they are so lovely and curious and friendly ❤
They came curiously sniffing at our parked bicycles, and as we played with one, more appeared! SO SO SO ADORABLE! I can’t. I just can’t.
They really are the happiest creatures on the planet 🙂 *heart bursting from love*
What are rabbits and giraffes and dogs? MY FAVOURITE ANIMAL IS THE QUOKKA.
So… while planning our trip to Perth, we were a bit bummed because we knew we didn’t have the time to travel out to see the famous Pink Lake – BUT THE PINK LAKE CAME TO US.
Granted, it isn’t EXTREMELY pink – from certain angles it was still blue – but I was endlessly impressed. A pink lake. I have actually seen an actual pink lake with my own actual two eyes.
I am such a lucky little girl 🙂
We also met more of my favourite animal ever along the way 😀
It was close to 4PM by the time we got here, so we pretty much had the place to ourselves 😀
Easily one of my favourite places at Rottnest (next to Little Salmon Bay probably) because of how incredibly, incredibly photogenic this place is!!
We didn’t actually go into the water here, but it was still an impressive sight.
Geordie Bay, home to about a billion yachts – we concluded this must be where the rich people escape to. One day, I will be back here with my own private boat 😎