Travelling to Rottnest Island can be a little expensive for those on a ‘shoestring budget’. However, if you find the opportunity to see this amazing place, then take it.
Although I found a large part of Rottnest Island to be wild and rugged, Rottnest is a tourist destination and the main town definitely harbors this type of attraction with a range of accommodation choices. Personally, I would have enjoyed to stay at least one night so that I could ‘trek’ most of untraveled tracks. However, as I only had a day – I jumped to the small opportunities presented.
Rottnest Island is about 22 km in diameter. The main modes of transport is by bicycle which you can hire for the day. Day hire fees are $30.00 per bike with a $50.00 deposit.
One can also take a bus around the island which is a ticket that lasts all day. These fees are $12.00 per adult. At the end of the day, it is not uncommon to see stranded bicycles left randomly around the island for the ‘broom wagon’ to clean up at the end of the day. Of course the person who hired the bicycle loses the $50.00 deposit and has to pay for the bus trip back home. So, caution to all that travel here – choose your mode of transport carefully because it could result into something quite pricey.
Cathedral Rocks can be found on the most western tip of Rottnest Island. It is next to Eagle Bay which is also the home to New Zealand Fur Seals. And of course, if there are Fur Seals you can be assured there are a few great whites lurking around. I did not see any on this particular day.
I could not find a direct route down to walk along the cove, however I am sure if I had a little more time I would have mapped out a few options. Needless to say, the boardwalk offered an amazing view of the cove and it’s surrounding beauty. I created a video below to show you a little of what you can expect (hopefully better for your visit)
There are toilet facilities which means you could quite easily take a picnic basket, towel, camera and spend a whole day here. With buses arriving almost every hour means that you have a trip home, or a trip to the next destination.
The part I loved most about Cathedral Rocks is the variance of waves. And, of course there is no better place than watching the dramatic production orchestrated by Mother Nature herself! I could almost here Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture play!
- A bus will save energy but you may miss out on some scenic photos. With a buses leaving every hour means you are can get to a destination maybe a little faster than on bicycle – however the last bus leaves at 3:00 pm which means your time will be cut short.
- If you chose to take a bicycle, then you will have the whole day to explore this area. Once again, you may find the trek back just a little daunting which means you may add to the climbing statistics of abandoned bicycles.
- Out of the two options – believe it or not – I would choose the bicycle mostly because of the time factor. 11 km is not a far distance to trek and with longer summer days means that one could quite easily take a little longer while watching the sun go down. Travelling at your own time means more time for the Road Not Always Travelled! 😉
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