Ten on Ten: Rottnest Island

On the 10th of each month I share 10 photos. This month is all about Rottnest Island, Western Australia.


Instead of catching the ferry to Rottnest Island like most people I decided to swim there instead! Rottnest Channel Swim is a 19.7km open water swim from Cottesloe Beach to Rottnest Island.


It was a tough day out on the water. A strong current made it very challenging to keep up a fast pace.


Eventually we made it to the island.  I have never been so happy to feel the sand between my toes. My children were waiting for me at the finish line and I hope they were proud of their old mumma!

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After the celebrations at the pub the next day was dedicated to recovering! Floating at the Basin is a bit more relaxing than the previous days swim. A unique swimming spot which is a hole in the reef, crystal clear water and white sand.

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A short walk over the dunes from the Basin and surprise surprise you hit another stunning beach.

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Pinky Beach is the perfect spot to relax with the Bathurst Point Lighthouse keeping a watch over the water.


A visit to Rottnest is not complete without hanging out with the Quokkas. My daughter JJ made sure these little guys had some water to drink. She is my wildlife warrior.

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Another day, another bay!

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This time it was a dip at Geordie Bay which is located at the northern side of the island. I must admit there were a few stingers in water so it was a quick dip!

We hardly touched the surface of Rottnest Island but I am sure we will be back!

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24 thoughts on “Ten on Ten: Rottnest Island

  1. so many things I love about your post Anne. Firstly, I think it is a great idea 10 on the 10th, secondly your photos are gorgeous. We hope to get to WA one day (we live in Brisbane) and Rottnest looks beautiful. I’m a runner so I don’t think I could do the swim but congratulations what a wonderful achievement 19.7km I’m very impressed. I look forward to the 10th of next month!
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond.


    • You can run around the island instead! They have a marathon or you can do smaller distances of 5 and 10kms. the event is held in October so you can book a holiday and run at the same time!


  2. Thank you for including those magnificent photos of my favourite colour… Anne, big congrats on your swim and I am glad you continue to showcase your wonderful state. Thanks for linking up #lifethisweek 11/52 Next week: Autumn


  3. I admire you for swimming to Rottnest Island. The day I visited there the seas were so rough and although I normally never get seasick I was well and truly seasick! There’s no way I could swim all that way in those conditions!

    Luckily once I arrived there and was safely on land again I felt better and was able to enjoy the natural magnificence of the island!



  4. Such a great effort, you must have been so tired by the time you got there. I used to live in Perth and everyone always told me to go to Rotto, but it was so expensive that I could never afford it. I’m kind of kicking myself now because it looks beautiful. #lifethisweek


  5. Wow – what an achievement – well done you! And what a gorgeous place! So beautiful! Another place to add to my list of where I should go whenever I get over to Perth and WA. #TeamLovinLife


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