Photography – Bobby Bense | Helen Janneson Bense
Model/Creative Direction – Helen Janneson Bense
Location – Rottnest Island, Western Australia
Where to stay – Rottnest Island Accommodations
Getting there – Rottnest Fast Ferries
Getting around – Adams Coachlines
Great Food – Geordie’s Cafe + Art Gallery
Great Fun – Just4Fun Aqua Park
Island Adventure Boat tours – Rottnest Express
This summer I’ve looked no further than my very own home town of Perth, and it’s easy travel destinations, for that beautiful turquoise inspiration and those endless summer vibes. Just a hop, skip and ferry ride away is the idyllic island known as Rottnest. Rich with cultural history and some of the most breathtaking landscape I’ve ever seen, it’s home to the adorable Quokka, the cutest and friendliest marsupial you’ll ever meet. It’s the island of a thousand stories, told through the geographical history and formation of unique salt lakes and limestone coral reefs.
I highly recommend taking some time out for a visit to the museum to learn all about the fascinating and at times tragic history of the early explorers and settlers, the Aboriginal penal settlement, the military involvement in world war 1 and 2, and the early Aboriginal origins when Rottnest was actually part of the mainland. Some of the history is sure to pull on your heart strings and draw you into a state of deep reverence, though I do feel it’s important to hear, acknowledge and respect the history and inhabitants of the land, especially when we go there to enjoy all that it has to offer us. And enjoy we did. It really was one of the most special experiences for our family.
We stayed on the beach in North Thomson Bay, which was so quiet and serene, yet still close enough to walk or ride into the main strip. Here you’ll find everything you need – island information, general store, pharmacy, bakery and shopping. We started our days with a hearty breakfast sitting on our balcony overlooking the ocean. With our beach essentials all packed, we were on our bikes and round the island we rode, stopping at one glorious beach after the next. And with no cars allowed it’s such a wonderful and safe place for kids. And when their little legs get tired, or for the mamas with prams, there’s a hop on, hop off coach that will circumnavigate the entire island. My favourite spots were definitely Salmon bay and The Basin for snorkelling and swimming. Parakeet bay is always good fun with the whitest of white sand dunes and fantastic ocean views. Or try stand up paddle boarding at Just4Fun Aqua park. While the kids played on the floating bouncy toys I got my work out done and had so much fun at the same time. Make sure you stop off for breakfast or lunch at Geordie Bay for some of the most delicious and hearty, healthy food going around. As someone who has food intolerances and eats a largely plant based diet it was perfect for our family. Finish your perfect day in paradise watching the sunset at Fay’s Bay for those magical pastel unicorn skies.
Rottnest is such a quiet and peaceful haven, and it slows you down without you even realising it. All that fresh salty air, white sand and turquoise water will bring vitality and bounce back into your step. It’s invigorating, rejuvenating and relaxing all in one. We loved it so much and can’t wait to go back!
With love and gratitude,