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Nov 13, 2014 - Fremantle and Rottnest Island, Western Australia

Fremantle, a city of about 26,000 people, lies at the mouth of the Swan River, about 20 kilometers southwest of Perth. It began as the port for the Swan River Colony in 1829. The English colonists who first settled there soon found that the salt plains and sand could not grow the necessary food crops and there was no fresh water to be had, so within a few months they moved inland to where Perth is now. Fremantle’s port continued to serve as the supply point and western gateway to Australia as long as ships remained the preferred mode of...

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Jan 10, 2014 - Rottnest Island

Today we're going to Rottnest Island so we've prepared everything and left early for North Port at Fremantle. We left at 6.16 am to drive to North Port and parked in the car park at the ferry, got our bikes off and boarded at 7.45 am arriving at Rottnest at 9 am. They say the total kilometers around the island is 23. It's such a lovely day and we slowly made our way around the village. There are a lot of holiday makers here and the place is very busy. We've been here many years ago. There are thousands of Quokka's that live on the island....

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Oct 1, 2013 - Rottnest Island

(Sal) Today's journal entry is dedicated to my brother, who suggested we visit Rottnest and who wouldn't mind visiting himself one day. This one's for you bro! Today we went to Rottnest Island (Rotto!), a 30 minute boat ride from Fremantle. We spent most of the day there, choosing not to stay over in the accommodation (island prices) but taking advantage of the cheap Tuesday boat fares. Will was most enamoured with the tv on board! Ben and I were glad we'd all taken sea'well'ness tablets as the ride was a bit bumpy. The island was named in...

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Mar 25, 2013 - Rottnest Island - Monday 25/3/2013

Had an early breakfast and a shower as we had to put our suitcase at the front desk by 9am ready for pick up,our smaller case was put in the lodges store room ready for us anytime of the day. Back on our bikes for another day of torture we peddled to find another beach,it was a lot quieter as heaps of people went home the night before,we found a nice bit of sand with a clean beach,laid out our towels closed our eyes and felt the warmth of the sun on our bodies.An hour later the sun went behind the clouds,the weather was changing you could...

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Sep 25, 2011 - Rotto here we come!

We were very proud of ourselves this morning. We had been planning to go to Rottnest island some time before we left for Sydney, but were waiting for some good weather. But today the sun rose with us so we made a snap decision, booked a ferry ride and got changed and down to the docks within an hour! At the docks we hired a pair of bicycles and a set of goggle/snorkel. We then loaded our bikes onto the ferry and then got a set of seats before we departed. The ferry ride from the docks at Hillary takes about 45mins. Coraline was an absolute...

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Apr 11, 2011 - Rottnest Island

Am Wochenende war ich nun endlich auf Rottnest. Wenn Die Insel nicht soweit weg waere von Deutschland, wuerde ich jedem empfehlen mal hinzufahren. Denn es ist wirklich toll. Es ist wie ein grosser Campingplatz. 4 kleine Laeden, 2 Hotels, ein paar Bungalows die man mieten kann, viele Fahrradwege, keine Autos und 1000 kleine Buchten. Toll! Am Samstag bin ich bis zum westlichen Ende der Insel geradelt, unterwegs ging es staendig Berg auf und ab. Als ich dann endlich da war, war die Enttaeuschung gross, da war nichts, nicht mal ein Strand....

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Feb 22, 2009 - A day at Rottnest Island

Sunday February 22 We spent Sunday with Chris and Don at Rottnest Island just18 kilometres off shore from Perth. Don drove to Fremantle where we parked at the ferry terminal, had a cup of coffee and waited for the 9:15 ferry. Don had ‘work connections’ with the captain (Steve) of the “Oceanic” catamaran and we were personally welcomed aboard. The crossing was expected to be quite sloppy (Steve’s description), but the 30 minute crossing proved to be fine. Rottnest Island is a playground for Perth with lots of sandy bays with beautiful white...

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Jun 13, 2008 - Rottnest

Today we didn't oversleep. We got up just after 6, and left the house at about 7 to catch the ferry to Rottnest Island which is just across from Fremantle. We were a bit annoyed as the ferry was supposed to leave at 8:45 but didn't actually go until about 9:10 and we had to change boats at Fremantle, but other than that it was ok. I slept through most of it, although the boys saw dolphins at one point. It was a lovely sunny day, and the boys wanted to hire bikes, as we'd heard it was nice to cycle round the island. Despite my hatred of...

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Nov 2, 2007 - Rottnest Island and Perth

After Busselton we went to Fremantle, otherwise known as 'Freo'. It is a trendy port just outside of Perth. We checked at three hostels in town but there was only one tiny room left, with a bunkbed and no furniture...it was more like a prison cell than a room! After a sleepless night we got a ferry over to Rottnest Island (just half an hour away). Rottnest is 6 miles wide by 4 miles and has a population of just 200. There are no cars on the island, over 60 glorius bays, roaming peacocks and lots of tame Quokkas hopping around (like tiny...

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May 16, 2006 - Rottnest Island

I caught a ferry from Fremantle to Rottnest Island for the day. I rented a bike and rode all over the island exploring. A warm current surrounds the island so there's a variety of marine life. Stingrays patrolled the beach and were easy to see as you walked along. There were also some weird marsupial type animals that would hop right up to you looking for food, not afraid of you or your bike. The weather was great which made for a good day on the island.

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