Discovery : Rottnest Wind Turbine

Discovery (Post#66) : Rottnest Wind Turbine

Photos of the day are all about Rottnest Wind Turbine. Because the island aims to increase renewal energy and to reduce the greenhouse gas emission, to be able to achieved that objective, a wind turbine was built. Currently it is 35% source of the islands electricity which generates 600kW. Though the island just have 300 permanent residents but it receives half a million visitors annually and 15k during peak season requires enough electricity supply. Even though it cost $3.8 Million but it were able to reduce 430k Liter of diesel and greenhouse emissions by 1.1k tonnes per year. These photos are part of Rottnest Island Tour October 2016.

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Notes :
Photo : Rottnest Wind Turbine
Location : Rottnest Island WA, Australia
Transportation :
1. Join Day Tours from Perth where different options are available or
2. Take cruise to the island with your own or rented boat
Official Website : Rottnest Island

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Life Of Others : Cathedral Rocks, Rottnest – New Zealand Fur Seals

Life Of Others (Post#28) : Cathedral Rocks, Rottnest – New Zealand Fur Seals

Photos of the day are all about New Zealand Fur Seals found in Cathedral Rocks. The photos that I capture are from a distance where these seals looks like dance or playing around in the water. It was a great scenery adding the scenic backdrop of Cathedral Rocks which became home of the said seal. These photos are part of Rottnest Island Tour October 2016.

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Notes :
Photo : Cathedral Rocks, New Zealand Fur Seals
Location : Rottnest Island WA, Australia
Transportation :
1. Join Day Tours from Perth where different options are available or
2. Take cruise to the island with your own or rented boat
Official Website : Rottnest Island

Transportation : Rottnest, WA – Bicycle

Transportation (Post#17) : Rottnest, WA – Bicycle

Photos of the day are all about bicycle. During the visit in Rottnest Island, most of the visitors or guests bring their own or rent bicycle. Biking is another activity that people enjoy in the island, just be prepared physically as the biking trail has some steep paths that needs endurance or else you will end up bringing your bike to the top. The island offers a lot of biking trails, therefore anyone has options how to see and to explore Rottnest. These photos are part of Rottnest Island Tour October 2016.

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Notes :
Photo : Bicycle
Location : Rottnest Island WA, Australia
Transportation :
1. Join Day Tours from Perth where different options are available or
2. Take cruise to the island with your own or rented boat
Official Website : Rottnest Island

 

View At My Window : Little Salmon Bay

View At My Window (Post#44) : Little Salmon Bay

Photos of the day are all about Little Salmon Bay. It is a tiny beach not far from Jeannies Lookout and located between Porpoise Bay and Salmon Bay. It is another a great spot for swimming and snorkelling. These photos are part of Rottnest Island Tour October 2016.

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Notes :
Photo : bay, beach, Little Salmon Bay
Location : Rottnest Island WA, Australia
Transportation :
1. Join Day Tours from Perth where different options are available or
2. Take cruise to the island with your own or rented boat
Official Website : Rottnest Island

Life Of Others : Cape Vlamingh, Rottnest – Silver Gull

Life Of Others (Post#27) : Cape Vlamingh, Rottnest – Silver Gull

Photos of the day are all about silver gull. This is the second post that I am featuring the not so usual birds that I keep on encountering while traveling in Western Australia. Please see the first post here. What I like taking photos of birds is the moment when they are flying. I know that taking videos are easier to capture them, but in photos which capturing a still moment, is something that I am more fascinated. These photos are part of Rottnest Island Tour October 2016.

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Notes :
Photo : silver gull, bird, Cape Vlamingh
Location : Rottnest Island WA, Australia
Transportation :
1. Join Day Tours from Perth where different options are available or
2. Take cruise to the island with your own or rented boat
Official Website : Rottnest Island

Chromatic Outlook : At Jeannies Lookout

Chromatic Outlook (Post#54) : Jeannies Lookout

Photos of the day are all about Jeannies Lookout where visitors can enjoy the idyllic view of Jeannies Pools. The said pools are series of holes in the reef between Parker Point and Little Salmon Bay. And the said spots offers great destination for snorkelling activity in the island. These photos are part of Rottnest Island Tour October 2016.

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Notes :
Photo : natural pools, Jeannies Pools, Jeannies Lookout Scenery
Location : Rottnest Island WA, Australia
Transportation :
1. Join Day Tours from Perth where different options are available or
2. Take cruise to the island with your own or rented boat
Official Website : Rottnest Island

View At My Window : Parker Point

View At My Window (Post#43) : Parker Point

Photos of the day are all about Parker Point. Part of the island tour was the stop in Parker Point. Parker Point is one of the scenic splendor of Rottnest, one of the stunning snorkelling destination and a marine sanctuary zone. Though I never got a chance to do the snorkeling in Parker Point but the scenic view that it offers to the visitors of the island is absolutely breathtaking. The said spot is recommended for the water adventurer enthusiast to visit. These photos are part of Rottnest Island Tour October 2016.

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Notes :
Photo : Parker Point, beach, coast, shore, snorkelling spot, underwater playground,
Location : Rottnest Island WA, Australia
Transportation :
1. Join Day Tours from Perth where different options are available or
2. Take cruise to the island with your own or rented boat
Official Website : Rottnest Island

Discovery : The Shark Wreck

Discovery (Post#65) : The Shark Wreck

Photos of the day are all about “The Shark” Wreck. One of the intriguing and interesting scenery that I had seen while our tour bus was taking Parker Point Road in Rottnest Island was the wreckage visible near the coast or beach. It is called “The Shark” Wreck, it was a hopper barge (non-mechanical ship that cannot moved around by itself and designed to carry materials) wrecked happened in 1939 as it broke free from moorings at Fremantle and drifted to Henrietta Rocks where it was wrecked. This wreckage location became one of the easy snorkel spot to enjoy. These photos are part of Rottnest Island Tour October 2016.

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The Shark Wreck

Notes :
Photo : The Shark Wreck, hopper barge wreckage, ship wreck
Location : Rottnest Island WA, Australia
Transportation :
1. Join Day Tours from Perth where different options are available or
2. Take cruise to the island with your own or rented boat
Official Website : Rottnest Island

Name Of The Place : Rottnest Island

Name Of The Place (Post#60) : Rottnest Island

Photos of the day are all about the name of Rottnest Island. What’s with the name? If you will hear the name of the island, you will definitely think of something else? What is it? Does the word “rat” rings the bell? Historically, when Europeans discovered the island, one of the first things they noted was the sightings of wild cat which then mistook as giant rat and named the island as “Rotte nest” which came from the Dutch word “Rattenest”, meaning “rat nest”. And the so-called giant rats that they saw is actually Quokka. These photos are part of Rottnest Island Tour October 2016.

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Notes :
Photo : name of the place, Rottnest Island
Location : Rottnest Island WA, Australia
Transportation :
1. Join Day Tours from Perth where different options are available or
2. Take cruise to the island with your own or rented boat
Official Website : Rottnest Island

Life Of Others : Quokka – “The Happiest Animals on Earth”

Life Of Others (Post#26) : Quokka – “The Happiest Animals on Earth”

Photos of the day are all about quokka. In Rottnest Island, they call this nocturnal animal as “The Happiest Animals on Earth”. We were at the Parker Point when we had a chance to see this creature up close. There are bikers who surrounds this one and we had seen water was given to it. Another incident that I was able to see them again freely when I was doing a historical walking trail at the area of Thomson Bay Settlement. But, I reviewed the island’s website about this cute animal and because Rottnest Island is an A-Class reserve area, the island is a protected area for quokka. This means that anyone should not give water and food for them. And do no touch or get too close to them, just appreciate their cuteness from a distance, it’s the ways to protect them. If in case you wanted to visit Rottnest Island, please follow the rules and policy in protecting this cute nocturnal creature that is native in the island. These photos are part of Rottnest Island Tour October 2016.

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At Parker Point

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At the historical town proper of the island (Thomson Bay Settlement)

Notes :
Photo : animal, wildlife, quokka
Location : 86 Southside Dr, Hillarys WA 6025, Australia and
Rottnest Island WA, Australia
Transportation :
1. Join Day Tours from Perth where different options are available or
2. Take cruise to the island with your own or rented boat
Official Website : Quokka, Wildlife-Quokka

Transportation : Hillarys & Rottnest, Yacht

Transportation (Post#16) : Hillarys & Rottnest, Yacht

Photos of the day are all about yacht astray in Hillarys Boat Harbour and Rottnest Island. I found a lot of them in some harbours that I got a chanced to walked by and one of them when I was in Hillarys ferry terminal and in Rottnest Island. And because too many of it, I really don’t know how to categorize all of it, so I just generalized all of it as yacht. Both the terminal and the island has boating facility, that is why if anyone enjoys sailing whether for pleasure or for racing, both places welcomes boaters. These photos are part of Rottnest Island Tour October 2016.

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Hillarys Boat Harbour

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Hillarys Boat Harbour

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Notes :
Photo : boats, yachts
Location : 86 Southside Dr, Hillarys WA 6025, Australia and
Rottnest Island WA, Australia
Transportation :
1. Join Day Tours from Perth where different options are available or
2. Take cruise to the island with your own or rented boat
Official Website : Rottnest Island , Hillarys Boat Harbour

Yanchep National Park – Lancelin – The Pinnacles Desert – Burns Beach

The third day tour that I joined had combination of Wheatbelt and Perth region. Lancelin and The Pinnacles Desert are both part of Wheatbelt while Yanchep National Park and Burns Beach are both part of Perth.

Though the tour seems to had uncertainty at the start of the day, but it ends well, because my wished in every travel that I made is to maximize my time in Perth, I really don’t like wasting time, for not seeing and for not being in a new place. For this tour, I had seen additional spectacular places to discover in Western Australia. I only see these places in photos before, but the tour helped me to achieved my dream to make it come true. My main objective for the tour was to visit The Pinnacles Desert, but reaching Yanchep National Park and Lancelin made the tour more fulfilling and appealing.

Here’s the complete itinerary of the third day tour that I had while I was in Perth.

Yanchep National Park

This is one of the oldest national park in Western Australia state. The park is just more than 50 kms from the city. Though public transportation are available but it requires transfer and more expensive if will compare to driving directly or joining a tour that includes the park. Wildflowers can be enjoyed inside the park when visiting during its blooming season. Some animals can be seen as well such as koalas and western-grey kangaroos. The park also boasted three caves and one of it is Crystal Caves where it features lots of beautiful different formations of stalactites, stalagmites, shawls and flowstones. It is worth to spend sometime in the park. The full story of my visit in Yanchep National Park was described here.

Koalas Board Walk

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Western-grey Kangaroos

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Crystal Cave

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Loch McNess (Yanchep Lake)

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Lancelin

It is a small town that we had a chance to visit (which I felt glad that we did) for lunch. We had lunch in a restaurant near the jetty and lovely shore. Because the town has beautiful and fascinating beach and coast, I cannot stop myself to be amazed and appreciate its amazing turquoise water that surrounds the waterfront.

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Towards Lancelin Jetty

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Lancelin and Edwards Islands Nature Reserve

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At Lancelin Jetty looking towards Lancelin

Ocean Drive

After leaving Lancelin, we took Ocean Drive highway to reach The Pinnacles Desert and the scenery along the road were already panoramic in a beautiful day. Along this highway, some of the white sand dunes are visible from a distance.

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The Pinnacles Desert (Nambung National Park)

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One of the main reason why I booked the tour was because of The Pinnacles. The said desert has thousands limestones astray in the desert. When I reached the desert, just being there, standing in the middle felt like I was in another world like being in another planet. The Pinnacles for me is a kind of surroundings that is so unique. This kind of natural settings made me think that the world is indeed so amazing. During the visit, our tour guide Patricia and the other Singaporean guest walked a bit in the middle of the desert. While walking within the desert, I found out that guests and visitors has the options to drive around it since the limestones formation are spread within 190 hectares inside Nambung National Park.

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The Pinnacles was said to be formed underground 500,000 years ago and only exposed 6000 years ago, then covered again due to shifting sands and only exposed again few hundred years ago.

For other scientist, they believe that the story of Pinnacles beings off shore, where shell fragments breakdown to from fine-grained sand rich in calcium-carbonate (lime).

As the water’s edge, beach sands accumulate as a mixture of shell-based sands from the ocean floor and quartz sands carried by the rivers from the hinterlands. Blown by strong winds, the beach sands form extensive dunes along much of the coastline.

By : Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre

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A unique shape (like a monstrous) limestone

Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre

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Emu scat with quandong seeds

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Quandong seeds and necklace (Santalum acuminatum)

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Bobtail skink (Tiliqua rugosa) and Tick (Ixodes australiensis spp)

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Some information display inside Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre

Burns Beach

Before ending the day tour, we stopped to witness sunset in Burns Beach as a plan. The beach is just almost 35 kms from Perth. But when we reached the beach, the sky was gloomy and clouds covers the sunset, therefore we were unable to see the full colors of the sunset. But even we haven’t enjoyed sunset, I appreciated the stopover because it gave me a chance to see Burns Beach for a short period of time which additional adventure of the tour.

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Before our tour guide dropped-off us in our accommodation, I was very thankful because Patricia drove us a bit in Hillarys Boat Harbour to gave me a chance to see it before I embark myself in my last tour the next day which will start at the said harbour. Until then.

Notes :
1. Plan to visit Yanchep National Park? Check here. How about Lancelin? Here’s their official site. A tour in Pinnacles Desert? Go here. And Burns Beach? Visit here.
2. Location : Yanchep WA 6035, Australia
Pinnacles Dr, Cervantes WA 6511, Australia
Jetty, Lancelin WA, Australia
Burns Beach, WA 6038, Australia
3. Directions to Yanchep National Park :
Transportation :
a. Join Day Tours from Perth or
b. Drive towards Yanchep WA 6035, Australia or
c. Take train (Joondalup Line) from Perth Underground Station, then get off at
Butler Station and take taxi to Yanchep National Park or
d. Take train (Joondalup Line) from Perth Underground Station, then transfer
to Butler Station and take bus to Marmion Avenue After Revolution Avenue,
and take taxi to Yanchep National Park
Official Website : Yanchep National Park
4. Directions to Lancelin :
Transportation :
a. Join Day Tours from Perth or
b. Drive towards Lancelin WA 6044, Australia or
c. Take bus from Wellington Street Forrest Place (in Perth) and drop-off at
Lancelin YHA or
d. Take train (Joondalup Line) from Perth Underground Station, then transfer                 to Jundaloop Station and take bus to Geraldton, and drop-off at Vins Wy
Lancelin or
e. Take Integrity Bus to Broome and get off at Lancelin YHA
Official Website : Lancelin
5. Directions to Pinnacles Dessert
Transportation :
a. Join Day Tours from Perth or
b. Drive towards Pinnacles Dr, Cervantes WA 6511, Australia or
c. Take bus from Wellington St Forrest Place R10 / Y14 (in Perth) then transfer
to Cervantes Post Office to take taxi and drop-off at The Pinnacles Desert or
d. Take bus from Wellington St Forrest Place R10 / Y14 (in Perth) then transfer
at Vins Wy Lancelin and take taxi to The Pinnacles Desert
Official Website : The Pinnacles Desert
6. Directions to Burns Beach
Transportation :
a. Join Day Tours from Perth or
b. Drive towards Burns Beach, WA, Australia or
c. Take train (Joondalup Line) from Perth Underground Station, then transfer
to Butler Station and take bus to Burns Beach and get off at
Burns Beach Rd After Kontari Lnk and walk to Burns Beach
e. Official Website : Burns Beach, Joondalup City