Exploring Rottnest Island
Rottnest Island lies 11 miles west off the coast of Fremantle, in Western Australia. The island is home to the quokka, a unique marsupial that lives only on Rottnest Island, and is found nowhere else on earth.
The island is mostly pedestrianised and without motorised vehicles, making for very laid-back cycling and walking tours. One exception is the island bus that takes passengers on a one-way coastal circuit around “Rotto”.
Rottnest Island has an incredible number of beautiful beaches. The indented coastline of the island features numerous secluded coves as well as long, wide beaches with fine white sand.
Pinky Beach and Bathurst Lighthouse
Pinky Beach is a classic white sand beach, with the appealing backdrop of Bathurst Lighthouse. Despite being easily accessible on the anti-clockwise island circuit, you can usually have the beach pretty much to yourself until the middle of the day.
The Basin is a really special beach, where waves break over rocky ridges under the surface, forming pools of different depths and different colors of blue. It’s a great spot for snorkelling, and you can find large colourful fish in the underwater channels here.