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Rottnest Island

Just offshore from Perth, Rottnest Island is where the locals go to swim at white-sand beaches, snorkel in turquoise water over shipwrecks, or kick back and go fishing. Rotto, as it's called locally, is a car-free zone, which adds to its relaxed feel. Hiring a bike is the best way to get around and and to find those secluded beaches and secret surf spots on the other side of the island. Watch out for the quokkas, the cute marsupials which were the inspiration for the island's name. Once used as an Aboriginal prison, the island has a fascinating history, including early colonial buildings, a lighthouse and underground tunnels to explore. With 63 sheltered beaches to choose from, Rotto is refreshingly uncrowded. Surrounded by coral reefs and shipwrecks, the diving and snorkelling is out-of-this-world. Or have a go at kayaking, surfing, boogie boarding or fishing. There's also a guided bus and historic train tour, or you can just hop on and off the free bus when it suits. Attractions include guided walking tours, scenic flights, a family fun park, the Rottnest Museum, as well as tennis, lawn bowls and golf. Or you can get up close and personal with the island's indigenous flora and fauna, enjoy a bit of quokka spotting or just kick back and soak up the scenery. There's something to suit everyone's budget, from beachfront villas to tent sites. Rottnest has a la carte restaurants, a hotel, a general store, take-away outlets and a cafe. Or just grab a snack from Rotto's famous bakery and head to the beach. End your stay watching the sunset over a glass of red at the Quokka Arms pub, boasting one of the best beach-side views in the world. Rottnest is an easy day trip from Perth or a relaxing holiday spot.

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