We took the train to Fremantle and then caught one of the ferries which goes to the island.
After buying our tickets for a particular tour, we headed to the food court area and that is when we saw the 'rats'!
And an inquisitive quokka just had to check that bag out! Lol. We had been warned by the lady in the bakery that the seagulls had been stealing food from tourists as they ate at the tables. But the gulls let me eat my potato topped pie in peace. 😀
During WW2 Rottnest played a major part in the defence of the port of Fremantle. It was a major base for the allies in the Indian Ocean. There is a huge gun emplacement on Oliver Hill on the island and this Battery is the only intact gun emplacement left in Australia. It was all decommissioned after the war but in the 1990s restoration started and now it is a tourist attraction.
All those years ago in WW2, a light rail network was built to transport materials and munitions to the guns, and that's what we were going to do...ride this little train.
The big machines that generated electricity for the Battery have long gone but there are large photo murals showing what the room had looked like.
Neither of us took photos of the lower part of the gun...too entranced by the guide's commentary!
After the tour finished, the little train was waiting for us. We headed down to the settlement and then just had enough time to walk down to the dock area to catch the ferry back to Fremantle. We would have liked some more time but some return trips had been fully booked when we had bought our tickets in the morning. So we had had to take 2 spots on the 3.55 ferry.
So our day on Rottnest was completely different to my brother's day there, as he went right around the island...we possibly didn't see as much, but what we saw and did was fascinating!!