Great photo guide to Rottnest Island.
Rottnest Island was discovered by the Dutch in 1696. The island was named Rottenest which means rat’s nest. They believed the island to be inhabited by large rats. However, they were not rats but quokkas.
Quokkas are marsupials; smaller relatives of the wallaby. In 1838 Rottnest settlement was established as a prison for the Aborigines from the mainland.
Of course, the prison no longer exists, but you can wander around the convict built buildings, such as the Quod. In the Quod, prison cells have been converted into hotel rooms. The Lomas Cottage has a large garden area.
It was nicknamed Buckingham Palace during the prison days, as the warden eventually lived here. The prison guard’s homes are still here, with a different purpose today.
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