The Curious Quokka of Rottnest Island

One of the things we were most excited about doing in Western Australia was taking a trip to Rottnest Island to meet the Quokka.

A Quokka is a little critter that calls the islands off Western Australia home. They look like a cross between a wallaby and a smaller animal like a rat or rabbit. They are super friendly, and always look like they are smiling.

We managed to convince my future in-laws and my own folks to come with us. So, very early on the Monday morning we made our way to Fremantle to catch the ferry. It only takes 45 minutes to travel between Fremantle and Rottnest. We got on at 9.30am, and the trip over to Rottnest was pretty smooth sailing. The trip back, however, not so much.

The last ferry leaving Rottnest that day was 4.25pm, and it was choppy AF. It didn’t help that we were sitting right at the head of the ferry, and caught most of the action. The ferry almost went vertical a few times, and was constantly crashing back down on the water. It felt like we were on a roller coaster that we all wanted to get off! But, we all survived, no one threw up, and we laughed about it later. Much, much later.

But I digress. Back to Rottnest, home of the Quokka…

The Curious Quokka of Rottnest Island

The Curious Quokka of Rottnest Island

The Curious Quokka of Rottnest Island

The Curious Quokka of Rottnest Island

The Curious Quokka of Rottnest Island

Our ferry tickets included bike hire, which was a godsend. Although a relatively small island, Rottnest is quite vast, so being able to bike around helped us get the most out of our short time there.

We almost made it around the whole island, but it was tough going! It was a pretty warm day, and the direction we chose gave us a lot of uphill climbs. However, the island is so beautiful, and it wasn’t long before we came across the wee Quokka’s. They totally lived up to our expectations! Have you ever seen a critter so cute? They weren’t shy at all, happy to come close, and curious enough to jump up on us.

The Curious Quokka of Rottnest Island

The Curious Quokka of Rottnest Island

The Curious Quokka of Rottnest Island


Riding around the island, I loved looking out to the ocean, with the different shades of blue and green. The jagged rock-faces really contrasted with the clear water below. And the lighthouse was a constant presence whichever direction we were moving in.

The Curious Quokka of Rottnest Island

The Curious Quokka of Rottnest Island

The Curious Quokka of Rottnest Island

The Curious Quokka of Rottnest Island

The Curious Quokka of Rottnest Island

Rottnest is such a beautiful and quiet place. I would definitely love to head back for a bit longer next time to explore some more. A couple of the inlets are perfect for snorkeling, and there are some pretty beach-side communities with accommodation options available.

The Curious Quokka of Rottnest Island

The Curious Quokka of Rottnest Island

The Curious Quokka of Rottnest Island

The Curious Quokka of Rottnest Island

The Curious Quokka of Rottnest Island

The Curious Quokka of Rottnest Island

The Curious Quokka of Rottnest Island

Have you seen a Quokka before?

Let me know what else we should do, next time we visit Rottnest Island, or WA for that matter!

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Author: Michelle

Michelle Harvey is a kiwi traveller, writer, photographer, list-maker, coffee drinker, and wanderer. Winter holidays are her favourite kind.

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