Rottnest Travel Guide
Here's our own killer view from a mid-week break at Rottnest Island off the coast of Perth. Check into the Rottnest Lodge, the only fancy accommodation on this holidaymakers' paradise, and enjoy a relaxing few days.
This is the view from Room 74, one of the Premium Lakeside rooms. And it is a great view across one of the salt lakes. Yet the ironic thing on Rottnest Island is that if you go non-luxury on your accommodation and book a basic house through the island authority, you'll stand a good chance of getting a beautiful view across the ocean instead.
· New Broadwater Resort for Rottnest Island [HotelChatter]
· Hotels in Perth [HotelChatter]
· Travel Stories in Western Australia [Jaunted]
If you've ever been to Western Australia you'll know that the local island paradise is Rottnest, a half-hour ferry ride from the capital city Perth. So named because early explorers saw rats--"Rat's Nest" eventually became Rottnest--that weren't actually rats, but a unique animal called a quokka instead. It's a special place with no vehicular traffic, a totally relaxed feel and a perimeter full of great beaches and snorkelling spots. And it's going to get a new hotel.
The planned new $40 million resort will be 4 and a half star (because over there, they do do things by halves) but not everybody's happy about it. Some think the island mightn't cope with the extra visitors, while others are worried that a pricey new resort will drive up prices across the island. The Broadwater Hotels group will build the new Rottnest hotel and with their experience up and down the coast of Western Australia, experience suggests they'll put up something at least half-decent.
· Resort Threat to Unique Island Life [West Australian]