Quokka, Rottnest Island, WA
Rottnest Island, just a short ferry ride from Perth, feels a world away from city life. Rottnest Island was separated from the Western Australian mainland around 7,000 years ago when the sea level rose. The first records of human occupation of Rottnest Island date back more than 6,500 years, when the Nyungah Aboriginal people inhabited the area. Known to local Aboriginal people as Wadjemup, the island is of great spiritual significance to Aboriginal communities.
Rottnest Island has been a popular tourist destination since the early 1900s when ferries carried tourists to the island's stunning beaches, beautiful bays on Sunday outings.
A stroll through the main settlement is a journey back in time as you pass by some of the early colonial cottages dating back to the mid-1800s. The old barracks are a good budget option for camping and backpacking.