You’re in Perth for a short business trip, it’s your first visit to the city and you have a spare day. How do you spend it? That was the dilemma facing Jordan and he reached out to inWesternAustralia.com for some suggestions. We talked through a number of ideas and settled on a day trip to Rottnest Island, one of the most well-loved places in Western Australia. We asked Jordan some follow up questions on the day trip to see what he thought of it:
In WA: When Rottnest Island was suggested as somewhere to spend a day, what did you think it would be like/expect from the island?
I had heard the name before, so I thought, “Cool, somewhere iconic, I’m in!”, but then looking into it more I start to read about push bikes to go around the island and plenty of nice coastline, it was sounding better and better!
In WA: Did it meet your expectations?
Meet them – they totally blew them out of the water! The island was much bigger and more dramatic than I expected, and the raw natural feel of the place was just beautiful – I could definitely spend more than a day there!
In WA: What did you do on Rottnest Island?
We started off by grabbing a beer and a bite at Aristos Waterfront Rottnest – which reminds me, go here and grab the seafood basket!
It was the most ridiculously amazing seafood basket I’ve ever come across – they’re usually just a basket of defrosted fried garbage but not this one, this one… just buy it and see for yourself. Anyway, once we were fed and watered we grabbed a few bikes from Flipper & Peddle and headed for The Basin. With a quick “detour” to the golf course thanks to my navigation skills we made it there in no time with a few Quokka shots already in the bag.
The Basin, a spectacular, rocky edged bay, was perfect for a bit of a snorkel, albeit a little chilly for a Queenslander at this time of year! We found ourselves lying on the beach talking fish, the dangers of the Aussie coastline, having a good laugh at how we each reacted to that first “refreshing” dip. From here we cycled back to F&P to drop off the bikes, grabbed a beer at Hotel Rottnest, and watched the tide pass by until our ferry back to reality unfortunately arrived – not all bad though as it got us back to Fremantle in time for a spectacular WA sunset over the sea.
In WA: What did you like about Rottnest?
The nature, the freedom, the geography – it’s a unique mix, enough to fuel the wanderlust in all true travellers for days on end.
In WA: Was there anything you didn’t like about Rottnest?
The time limits around the bike hire at F&P – wouldn’t have been an issue if we were there for more than a day trip, but there was a solid hour plus between last bike drop and last ferry.
In WA: What were the facilities like?
Good facilities – clean bathrooms in places I didn’t expect, and plenty of opportunities for a bite or a beer around the town. Couldn’t say much for the rest of the island though, guess I’ll have to explore a little more and let you all know 😉
In WA: How easy was it to get around the island?
Very – I hadn’t been on a pushbike for a year or so but with few hills and well-designed paths to get everywhere I didn’t feel limited at all.
In WA: What was your favourite part of the trip?
Cruising up to the island on the ferry and getting hit by that feeling that I’ve just arrived somewhere really special, somewhere I know I’m going to remember and is just asking to be explored.
In WA: Would you go back to Rottnest Island?
I haven’t seen it all yet, so definitely!
In WA: Would you do anything different if you went back?
More time! I mean I’d never turn anyone away from doing a day trip here (Single men and women – read “perfect date idea!”), but I’d love a couple days to truly explore.
In WA: Overall, how would you rate your Rottnest Island experience and would you recommend it as somewhere to visit?
I can never rate anything a 5, but I’d say my day there was a solid 4.5. Recommend it? Bloody oath I would! Why haven’t you booked already?!
You can find out more about Rottnest Island from its listing in the Places directory.
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