Rottnest Island is a small island just off the coast of Perth, Western Australia. It is only a brief 30-minute ferry ride away to a relaxing, completely low-key holiday spot, and we were fortunate to be there over this past weekend.
Why the name? Apparently, it was discovered by Dutch sailors who found it completely populated with small, bouncing marsupials they mistook for rats. They claimed the island was a "rat's nest." It is actually the only known home of these cute little guys: the resident quokka (pronounced kwok-uh). Cute, no?