The Rottnest Island
nineteen kilometers off the shores of Pert in Western Australia. It is now a reserve land, which is open for tourist stay. The place was so named by William de Vlaming, a Dutch explorer. The coast of the island is often seen occupied by
Quokkas, which were mistaken for large sized rats and hence the name ' Rottenest island'. The crustal clear water bathing the smooth white sand of the beaches make for the perfect beach holiday destination.
Activities in Rottenest Island
In the 19th century, the Rottenest island was used as a prison for punishing the aboriginal protesters but was abandoned in 1917. Hence forth it was recognized as a top class public reserve area. Tourists to the Rottenest islands can look forward to a number of beach side activities. Scuba diving and snorkeling is among the most popular way to explore the marine life around Rottnest. There are more than 360 water species around Rottenest Island.
History of Rottenest Island
The human history in the Rottenest island
dates back to 30,000 years, when the island was very much a part of the Australian mainland. Due to topographical changes and the rise of water levels, this part of Australia became an island. Though the aboriginals lived here before the changes, it became abandoned after the formation of the island. This is because, the native people had no boats for over seas transportation.