If you’re anything like us, as the mercury drops you may find yourself lusting after far-off destinations filled with adventure. This winter, forget the jetlag and precious time wasted in transit: this winter escape is a holiday maker's dream and it’s right here in our very own backyard.
From helicopter rides to hiking along rugged coastlines, we’ve teamed up with Rottnest Island Authority to show you a whole new side to this ‘gram-worthy vacation.
Cycle To Rottnest’s 63 Beaches
With no cars on Rottnest Island and only a modest 19 square kilometres of beauty to cover, a push bike is the most efficient and practical mode of transport to get around to the island’s 63 beaches.
If you don’t think you’ll be able to squish all 63 into your holiday, we recommend heading over to Little Salmon Bay for the perfect stretch of sand, Ricey Beach for a secluded oasis and Cape Vlamingh for the island’s best lookout. Make sure to keep an eye out for fur seals and even some sea lions if you’re lucky.
Wind Through The Bidi Trails
The Wadjemup Bidi is a 45km of walking trails split into five sections, each acting as Mother Nature’s tour guide to the island’s significant cultural and environmental landmarks.
Walk past spectacular coastal headlands, coastal pools, as well as stunning inland lakes, like Pink Lake. Not only does this trail manage each visitor’s adventure by connecting all of Rottnest Island’s stunning features in a sustainable manner, it also aims to raise awareness of both the environmental and cultural values of Rottnest Island.
Take In The View From Above
If you're not an avid hiker, you’ll be glad to know you can enjoy a similar vantage point from the comfort of a helicopter.
Departing from Hillarys Boat Harbour or Jandakot Airport, Rotorvation Helicopters makes sure you arrive in style while witnessing the stunning views along the way. Landing at Rottnest Island airport, you’ll be just 10 minutes from the centre of town, which means less time commuting and more time for exploring.
Sunsets On The Beach
There’s a lot to love about Rottnest island, but one of our all-time favourites is the magnificent fairy floss pink and purple sunsets.
Whether it’s a leisurely stroll along the beach to catch the last of the days’ rays or hitting the sand for some afternoon yoga to help soothe the mind, body and soul, there’s nothing this island’s sunset can’t fix.
Take In The View With A Glass Of Vino
Sometimes the best thing about being in a place as beautiful as Rottnest Island is doing absolutely nothing and being able to unwind in some amidst Mother Nature.
After you've had a long day of exploring, cycling, walking and snapping selfies with quokkas, make sure to take a load off, get comfortable and relax with a glass of vino on your balcony or porch while you soak up all that fresh island air.
It’s time to forget far-off destinations, we’ve got incredible nature and adventure sitting pretty right here in our very own backyard. Don’t waste another minute, start planning a life-changing winter escape to Rottnest Island now.
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