The one thing you should have on your must do list, when going to Fremantle, is to visit Rottnest Island. It’s a small island, with a permanent population of around 100, 18 kilometers off Fremantle’s coast and it’s an A-class reserve, the highest level of protection afforded to public land (Wikipedia). It’s a popular holiday destination and you can catch the ferry from Fremantle.
In my first week on being in Fremantle, my cousin and I heard about Rottnest Island and decided to go and visit it as it sounded really nice and looked gorgeous. A lot of people in our hostel had already gone there and so they were telling us that tuesdays you get the ticket half price so of course we went there on a tuesday.
The ferry terminal was a short walk from our hostel. We took the ferry around 8-9 in a beautiful morning. The ferry takes approx. 35-45 minutes. We got our ferry tickets from this website and hire mountain bikes here. Now you can take your own bike, hire the bike with your ticket so that you get it right away from the harbour once you arrive or you can hire it from a separate bike hire place. I would recommend hiring the bike from one of those bike hire companies where you can get a mountain bike.
So we started our little cycling around and as soon as we got out of the bike hire place, we spotted our first quokka. Quokkas are small native marsupial found in Rottnest Island and very few other places. They are said to be the happiest animal because they look like they are always smiling.
There’s a lot to see in the island and we spent a whole full day exploring the beaches and many many little bays that the Island has to offer. We also got really lucky with the weather, as it was clear blue sky.
I would also recommend taking your own snack with you as the food might be quite pricey in the island. Just to save a bit of money.