Rottnest Island is an island off the coast of Western Australia.
The island was used as ain internment camp for Italian and German civilians in WWI.
In WWII several large artillery guns were built on the island's tallest hill. These are no longer functional, but you can take free tours to the guns and through the bunkers surrounding them.
Today the island is no longer used by the military and is a popular relaxing getaway for Western Australians.
Flora and fauna
Quokkas are small marsupials which gave the island its name - early settlers mistook them for giant rats and called the island 'Rats Nest.'
The climate in Rottnest Island is essentially the same as that in Perth (Australia), it may be a little cooler due to its more southern location, and because its an island.
By ferry from Perth or Fremantle or by plane, or swim as some do.
Hire a bike and cycle around the island - this is a very comfortable and individual way. Cars are not permitted, but there is also a regular bus shuttle available for traveling around the island. A day ticket allows you to stop everywhere you want. If you have enough time, make a complete trip around the island first in the morning, and then decide where you really want to stay for a few hours.
The one and only pub located on the island, called the Quokka Arms. It is right smack in the middle of where the main jetty is. Apart from that the convenient stores dotted along the island do sell a range of alcohol from wines to spirits.
Rottnest Island is completely safe and you needn't worry about your safety. However Rottnest Island has become notorious for its schoolies week events which often take place at nightand can get out out hand with drunken sexual violence as a increasing trend. But if you take some simple precutions it will be just as enjoyable as every other day.