If you are visiting Western Australia, then you will enjoy spending your time in the Western port city of Freemantle. Freemantle is just one of those places where it is easy to relax and unwind. It is also located in a spot that can be used as a launching point for a number of interesting day trips.
For example, Cottesloe Beach is only 10 km from the town. This is a beach that makes relaxing all the more worthwhile. Shaded with Norfolk Island pines, the grassed terraces overlooking the beach meet pristine, white sands and the beauty of turquoise ocean waves. You can also enjoy a Swan River cruise to Perth or take the ferry to Rottnest Island.
Rottnest Island, which is called Wadjemup by the local Noongar people, or known colloquially as Rotto, is located about 18 kilometres west of Fremantle. This sandy island was formed on a limestone base and spans over 19 square kilometres. Rottnest is considered an A-class reserve – the highest designation that is accorded to a public land.
Rottnest, which is a popular holiday destination, has a permanent population of approximately 100 people, though it receives about one-half million visitors each year. The island is probably best known for its population of quokkas. Quokkas are small marsupials that are found only in a few locations within Australia. The island is also home to colonies of southern fur seals and Australian sea lions. Several native species of birds also nest near the island’s salt lakes. As a result, the island has also been designated as an “Important Bird Area.” The heavily forested island is well-known for its beautiful Rottnest Island pine.
Take the Ferry to Perth
If you are seeking accommodation in Fremantle apartments, you will want to make sure you schedule a ferry trip to Rottnest Island for the day. The ferry on the island can also be taken to Perth, which is the state’s capital and biggest city. Along with several other isles, Rottnest was divided from the Australian mainland about 7,000 years ago, and human artifacts have been discovered on the island that date back at least 30,000 years. During the 17th century, Dutch sailors visited the island on several occasions. At that time, the isle was uninhabited.
The island was named in 1696 by Willem de Vlamingh, who called it Rotte nest, or rat’s nest, after seeing the population of quokkas. Since the British establishment of the Swan River Colony in 1829, the isle has served as the base for a penal colony, internment camps, and even military installations. Thus, many of the island’s structures date back to the colonial period. The quarried limestone that was used back then is still used for holiday accommodations today.
You may also want to visit Kings Park when you are in Fremantle on holiday. Kings Park is home to the Western Australian Botanic Garden – an attraction that exhibits over 3,000 species of the state’s indigenous flora. The garden features immaculate plants, walk trails, and various children’s play areas. Therefore, it is the ideal day trip for a family.