Rotto, as it is affectionately known, is located about 18km west of Fremantle, and was named by Dutch captain Willem de Vlamingh, when he landed on the island in 1696 and saw numerous quokkas (native marsupial) and thought they were large rats, so naming the island "Rat's nest" (Rattennest in Dutch).
|At the Royal Perth Yacht Club with the city of Perth in the background|
|On the Swan River leaving Perth behind|
|Mosman Park, one of Perth's most expensive suburbs - the 3 storey house to the left sold for $57.5 million in 2009|
It took us about 1 hour on the river to reach Fremantle, where we went past the modern Maritime Museum building and then the green and red lighthouses on either side of harbour entrance.
|Approaching Rottnest Island|
After putting down anchor we gathered around the table on the deck for a wonderful breakfast of croissants with cheese and ham, fruit, coffee and tea.
I had made Brazilian cheese bread (delicious cheese puffs) that I added to the breakfast table.
Afterwards the younger crowd swam ashore, while the older ones were helped to the rubber duck boat to go ashore.
The island was teeming with people who were enjoying the best Spring day we've had so far - 31C. We went to Dome coffee shop for a beverage and a chat and returned by rubber duck to the yacht.
Map of the island with Thomson Bay top right (from the internet)