Rottnest Island, and what’s a quokka?

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We recently traveled over to Rottnest Island, about a hour off of the coast of Perth, for a day of snorkeling and quokkas.

Quokkas are the little marsupials that inhabit the island in enormous quantities. In fact, you can’t eat lunch without one or more sitting at your feet, patiently waiting with a look that is hard to ignore. One even had a baby in it’s pouch that hopped out and joined the party.

This was a great place to snorkel, it’s hard to explain how clear the water is although I hope our photos give you somewhat of an idea. It is in the perfect spot to take advantage of the Leeuwin Current, which pulls the subtropical and tropical species of sealife down the coastline, further south than where they would normally be. We stopped at Little Salmon Bay for a couple of hours, and saw countless varieties of fish including some pretty large ones a little further out.

Rottnest does not have vehicles, just a handy bus that drops you are a dozen different spots around the island. You can also bike ride, or walk. It reminds me of Mackinac Island in that sense.

Check it out at: http://www.experienceperth.com/destinations/rottnest-island

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Little Joeys

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We are blessed to be able to enjoy the local wildlife on a really regular basis. Little joeys are the tamest and most agreeable little creatures, Unfortunately, the mother kangaroos often die on the roads, and because the female kangaroo is almost always carrying a joey, this leaves a lot of orphans. There are many “joey rescuers” in our area, and we have a local wildlife park that specializes in rehabilitating and rescuing local creatures. They keep the joeys in little “bags” that they hang around the house! The wildlife park is privately run, with the keeper’s house on the premises, and late in the day she brings the joeys out in their bags and you can help supervise them while they hop around, take their bottles etc. It’s very cute, they tend to go jumping off wildly and haphazardly, like some out-of-control toddler, Almost like they are surprised that their legs are so bouncy.

There are a variety of creatures there from the area, emus, dingos, snakes, etc. It’s become a favorite place. In fact, we are going there again today!DSC_0500

Fishing (and shark) tales

I truly apologize for how long it’s been since I posted! 

Here we are in November, and Addie just told us yesterday that we have been here 6 months. It’s gone so quickly and has been filled with so many experiences. We are into our visitor season now, Scott’s aunt Jane last month, my mum and dad are here now and Cerys and her good friend Hannah arrive right before Christmas, and more family in the new year!

So, let’s get caught up:

   
    
 
Scott loves to fish, and was invited out recently to fish for dhu out in the Indian Ocean. There’s a bag limit of only 2 per boat and so it’s considered quite the fish. He had the time of his life, as you can see in the pictures. There’s a nice demonstration of Aussie teasing and mate-ism from his companions in the video😊.

He also saw a young whale and they hooked a shark while out there, apparently a common occurrence.

Recently we were paddle boarding at the beach near out house. When we returned to shore, a city worker told us to be wary as there was a dead sea lion down the beach, and that at high tide, the Great White sharks would gather to feast.

So best stay out of the water that day.

Don’t hear that much at home…