On our way to our stop in the south west for a party, we stopped for lunch at The Rose Hotel. A lovely old building with Art Deco touches and wrought iron lace around the outside of the well maintained structure.
We had lovely, generous serves of food.
Vegetarian and vegan options were on a separate menu as opposed to the usual way of just one or two options on the bottom of the menu. Good to see.
The interior of the hotel is Art Deco and charming. The staff are quick and strong and wear really short black mini skirts. The food is delicious and very filling.
Up relatively early today. Went outside and took some black and white pictures of the wonderful cottages which epitomise the accommodation which has been on the island for decades.
They are not flash but have everything you need. It is a very relaxing and an easy place to stay.
Before I headed out to the salt lakes I went north to see the lovely lighthouse. It’s not particularly special, it just looks nice. It looks well built and solid. The white walls contrast beautifully against the blue, blue sky. It never gets old for me, this classic shot.
Later in the morning, I ventured out, on the chariot, towards the salt lakes to photograph birds and habitats around there.
I found a small group of Pied Oystercatchers,
There are Bridled Terns and Welcome Swallows, zooming around so fast, I can’t photograph them. Some Welcome Swallows roost in our eaves in our accomodation here on Rottnest Island.
I also saw a Rock Parrot near the settlement.
There are also Ravens and Seagulls throughout the settled areas.
They are great scavengers and the seagulls, are ruthless. They ‘take no prisoners’.
A family of Mountain Ducks, and Fairy Terns.
For lunch we decided to go to Geordie’s. Cycled to the settlement and parked my bike in a rack near the general store. We caught the bus to the north side of the island to Geordie Bay. We ate lunch at Geordie Bay Cafe and Gallery. I shared fish and chips, and marinated Fremantle octopus.
Very yummy and the other dish was a sweet potato salad with grilled chicken – there were three eating!
The life here is slow and peaceful. There are plenty of places to eat and a day trip really doesn’t cut it. You should stay for a few days and really enjoy the peace and quiet. You cannot drive cars or other vehicles here. The only vehicles here are those used for work or the bus transport – The Explorer – around the island. You can get a hop on and hop off bus pass which does a continual loop all day from 8:30am until the last route @ 3:00pm returning at 4:00pm. There is a Shuttle that goes to and from accommodation on the other side of the island and to the Airport, and Kingston Barracks. You can drive ‘gophers’ and segways on tours. However, most enjoy the bicycles available for hire. Or if you’re a local you can bring your own bike to the island. Bikes for hire come in a range of styles. Electric. Manual. All are solid well made bikes which can handle the use they get. It’s a very slick and easy system to hire your bike from #pedal&flipper.
There is a plethora of birdlife on the island and due to the 15,000 visitors who come each year, they are not flighty and can be observed or photographed easily.
Life on the island is wonderful, mostly. During the day when the ‘day trippers ‘ arrive there is a growth in the population and it is not all good. Some of the population is uneducated when it comes to a Class A Reserve. The animals here need to be left alone and observed. There is an on the spot fine of $150 fine for feeding the quokka. I would love to see that enforced.
There are a lot of different species of birds here and I will add some photos when I have taken them.
There is a ‘settlement’ with a bakery, pizza shop, subway and clothing. There are historic buildings, some built by prisoners held here and a museum housing the historic records of the island.
The #Rottnest_Bakery is renowned and is often the first place people go on arrival.
There are several eateries, like Dome, and the Rottnest Hotel or pub is affectionately called the #Quokka’s_Arms.
We ate at Rottnest Hotel yesterday and I had a pumpkin and beetroot salad with goat curd and pepitas. It really was lovely. There was a lot of spinach and rocket but the rest with quinoa on the pumpkin was very nice. Also a Lime and Soda – very refreshing.
One word of warning for those eating outside at the pub, Seagulls! They will go for your food at the most unexpected moments. It seems they love it when you look at your phone – they swoop and steal any food they can. Chips are a favourite. Also its a good idea to tell the wait staff when you are leaving, because the birds attack as you leave. We covered our leftovers with napkins and put a couple of glasses down on top – so they weren’t knocked over. Oops, left a glass standing up and it crashed to the ground when the birds arrived – we kept walking. There was nothing we could do.
My suggestion to management are buttons, blue tooth, battery operated – whatever – on the tables with corresponding numbered lights on a display board, where the staff are, and when you are leaving you push the button – light comes on – staff come to your table and collect plates etc to avoid bird breakages.
The local Pizza joint is Frankie’s on Rotto. Haven’t been there but it is well presented and looks spacious and inviting.
There are all sorts of choices, vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options at The Lane Cafe.
Another is Geordies Cafe and Art Gallery, I’m hoping we can go there for breakfast tomorrow. It is rated 3rd on Trip Advisor for restaurants on Rotto.
The weather has been great so far. Predicted rain today, it came and went very quickly. Yesterday was 21C and sunny. Gorgeous.
The Ferry ride over was with Rottnest Express – excellent – no dramas – 30mins. Amazing.
They deliver your luggage to your door too. We arrived before the cottages were available so went straight to the pub for lunch. I collected a very cool electric bike and rode down to the accommodation centre to collect the keys.
Once we had moved into our accommodation – we realised we were short two towels. So I jumped on my bike and rode back to get some. It is so quick with the ‘assisted’ control.
As I was about to return with towels in a bag, I moved the gear lever on my bike and the chain dropped off – it may have been on the way down but the pedal just went round and it had come adrift. So I slowly backed it back to release the chain. That did not happen so I parked, and fiddled and eventually released the stuck chain and refitted it onto the large front sprocket from whence it had come. But, as a result of my being so capable, my hands and fingers were covered in grease. So I returned to the accommodation centre (Rottnest Island Accommodation) and as I walked into the reception area I raised my hands, asking for tissues or something to use to wipe off the excess oil.
Out came the paper towels and later some hand sanitiser which cleans quite efficiently. The lovely staff at the RIA were brilliant. None thought it was strange that a woman my age would be replacing a chain on a bike.They must meet a lot of very capable women on this island.
Went for a few walks yesterday with camera in hand and found some amazing scenes of tranquility and feverish foraging.
Well, talk about indulgent! The prices in Malaysia are about a third of the prices in Australia and as a result we could afford a ten course dinner on New Year’s Eve. What a great time we had. We managed to spread it out from 7:30pm – 12:00 midnight without too much trouble at all. We needed to really, in spite of the delicate sizes of the courses, we were filling up slowly over the evening so needed the ‘wait’ time between courses to rest. We had a lovely trainee hotel management student looking after us and he was very willing to travel at our speed. It was a lovely evening and even the musical duo, provided for our enjoyment, wasn’t too distracting.
Our meal was in the Tosca Restaurant in the hotel beside the pool. A lovely setting and cool enough, with the fans on and the night air wasn’t too hot so, quite acceptable.
The courses are listed so I will add the images in order so you can see what we consumed very slowly and happily. Oh, and the wine was magnificent too.
We love this travel stuff. The early morning wake-ups after a night of fitful sleep. I thought I had set my alarm but actually hadn’t and did not realise until I have been up half an hour and it had not gone off. But there was no trouble, due to my magnificent organisational skills. We left the house at around 4:00am and picked up travelling buddy No. 3. Once at the airport we swanned into the Qantas Club and I had a lovely bowl of Muesli and a cup of tea. The wait there was only an hour or so.
Our flight to Melbourne was uneventful, so was my attempt to photograph the Ukrainian Antonov aircraft parked on the apron of the airport with spotlights under it highlighting the three engines on each wing. Fascinatingly to me, I had watched it land, streamed by @tweetperth live through Twitter. Really felt like a modern woman in that moment. Colossal machine. Most impressive.
Our next moment was arriving in Melbourne, grabbing our bags because there didn’t seem to be an option to check them through to Hobart at the bag drop in Perth. We didn’t ask anyone of course because, we didn’t care, and we had enough time in Melbourne to collect them and re-drop them for the next leg of their journey.
Back to the Qantas Club and more food. Had a lovely salad with ham, pineapple, broccoli and Beetroot and potato Salad. I added a sprinkling of chia seeds for added fibre and that was followed by two cups of tea and wait for it, a Brownie!
Now, I do eat sweets, I admit it. However, I love Brownies when they are made well, and if you have ever had a Brownie from the #Qantas_Club before, you would understand. They really are quite special.