Travel: The Quokkas of Rottnest Island, Western Australia

Quokkas at Rottnest Island

One of my favourite photos to see on Instagram is when people take selfies with Quokkas. They are such a cute little animal and always seem to be smiling at the camera! What is a Quokka? Well according to Dr Wikipedia

The quokka, the only member of the genus Setonix, is a small macropod about the size of a domestic cat. Like other marsupials in the macropod family, the quokka is herbivorous and mainly nocturnal.


Recently my friend Susan took a trip to Perth which included a tour of Rottnest Island where the Quokkas live. I couldn’t resist and had to ask her all about her trip. Here’s a little video I made from her photos to show you all about it.

Please note that Susan and I are no longer associated with the travel club and recommend you use or your favourite travel agent to organise your travel.

So Susan, can you tell us what was included in your DreamTrip?

Susan’s Perth Trip :

  • 4 days/nights at Novotel Perth
  • Full-day sightseeing tour of Rottnest Island

As a travel photographer, I have taken many adventures and trips overseas. Often we forget to explore our own backyard. The last time I visited Perth was 20 years ago. When I came across this trip which included a full day tour to Rottnest Island, I was in. Sometimes we have items on our bucket list of far and exotic places. One of my items was to see the cute Quokkas on Rottnest Island.

Perth was my third trip in 8 months. Last December I traveled to Hamilton Island, again another bucket list item ticked off…to go scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef, which I did and was just spectacular. Then December off to New Orleans to jump on a cruise through Mexico and Honduras.

The Perth trip was fantastic. We always have a certain expectation when traveling. Whether it’s the hotel we will be staying in, the activities and tours we book and the service we expect. This trip did not disappoint in any way. Great hotel, great people and the fact that I met so many other wonderful travellers from all over the world on my 4 day adventure really made this trip complete.

Funny/Best moment

Heading out to Rottnest Island everyone was excited to meet a Quokka (not to be confused with meeting The Fockers lol). These cute little marsupials are native to the Island and cannot be found anywhere else in Australia. What a surprise when we hit the Island. They were dotted all over the place, waiting to pose for the camera. Best moment for me was getting that all special selfie with a Quokka.

I traveled to Perth in April this year. It was the perfect time to go. The skies were blue, warm days and slightly cooler nights. Living in Sydney I never really get to experience the sun setting over the ocean. Experiencing a glorious sunset one evening at Cottesloe Beach was just magical. It was one of the highlights of my visit to Perth.

Sept- Nov is also a wonderful time to visit. The wildflowers are blooming in the Spring time and the weather just glorious.

Next on my bucket list is definitely Mexico again, Vietnam and perhaps NYE in New York. So many choices and amazing experiences waiting to be lived.

Thanks Susan! I can’t believe how cute those quokkas are! That is definitely on my to do list.

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