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There’s no reason to cross miles of ocean and land to find a picturesque
getaway, when Rottnest Island is right on your doorstep. During winter,
the island is your oyster, whether you decide to rug up with a bottle of
wine or get out and explore the lesser-travelled terrain.
With fewer tourists and
a profusion of aquatic
life, Little Salmon Bay is
the preferred location
for avid snorkellers. The
marked snorkel trail is
drawcard, but the
beauty of this spot is
that the water clarity
is rarely compromised,
even with a gusty
Known as one of
the best surfing
spots in WA, Stark
Bay is a magnet for
and boasts a pristine
beach for onlookers.
It’s far less packed than
Strickland Bay, but
conditions it’s best
to check the latest
Barrack Street Jetty and
take 90 minutes or, for
a quicker journey, you
can catch the ferry from
Hillarys Boat Harbour
(45 minutes) or from
C-Shed and Rous Head
in Fremantle, which
takes 30 minutes.
must rent a mooring
from the Rottnest
Jandakot Airport take
just 12 minutes.
Those with an acute fear of boating and waves
needn’t be kept away from this stunning island.
Fights are around $100 per person return, and if you
are celebrating a special occasion, a scenic flight is
a beautiful experience to share with a loved one.
RACE AROUND THE ISLAND
As crazy as it sounds, a bike race around the island
is plenty of fun for fit specimens and energised
teenagers. The path that runs the island perimeter
is 24km long, and is definitely a challenge with its
numerous inclines. See how long you can last before
your competition decides to stop for a dip.
Watch the light show
In winter, there are bound to be storms, and
that makes Rottnest all the more exciting.
Book a stay with an ocean view, and watch the
lightning from the shelter of your verandah...
with a glass of wine, of course.
with the kids
Head out with the little ones – The Basin’s
a good spot to start – hand them a fishing reel
with a piece of sausage, and watch as they
lure palm-sized crabs from under the crevices.
It will entertain them for hours, so you can
let the older kids watch over them while you
enjoy the snorkelling.
If dipping your toes in the water isn’t your
idea of winter fun, there are plenty of land-
based activities to enjoy. The island has
all-year-round bike hire and the circle-route
bus to get you around. Avid fishermen should
check out the recreation and sanctuary zones
at the visitor centre before casting a line. If
snorkelling is still your activity of choice, you
can hire a wetsuit from Rottnest Island Bike
and Hire. Thanks to the Leeuwin Current
the waters are 4-8 degrees warmer than the
mainland making your underwater exploration
more enjoyable and far less goosebumpy.
Head to the movies
Why let a little bit of rain get you down? Head
to the Rottnest Island Picture Hall to enjoy
one of the latest flicks. Don’t be fooled by the
no-nonsense setting, you can still purchase
cinema goodies from the candy bar.
WHAT TO DO
WHERE TO GO
forecast if surfing is on
Compared to other,
coves, you’ll more
often than not find
that Marjorie Bay is
a completely secluded
haven. It’s slightly off
the beaten track but is
well worth the journey
to enjoy the solitude
Photography Tourism WA.
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