Before we get started I feel that I must warn you.
If you are of a mushy disposition then please look away now. The following pictures you are about to see are of such extreme cuteness I cannot be held responsible for the squeals of joy that may follow.
Ok, if you think you can handle the cuteness then let’s begin.
Meet The Quokka
What is a quokka I may quite rightly hear you ask?
A quokka is a small marsupial that can only be found on Western Australia’s Rottnest Island and in very small areas of the Western Australian mainland. A marsupial is an animal that nurtures and carries its young in a pouch on its front. Think of their more famous cousin, the kangaroo, then shrink it down to the size of a chubby guinea pig and ramp up the cuteness.
This, my friends, is a quokka.
They can be found casually hopping around as you cycle the island. They can roam unconcerned because the island does not allow any cars apart from a few service vehicles for the accommodation and businesses.
So, it really won’t take you long to spot a few.
And they really, really want to say hi.
However, these cute furbies are secret backpack raiding ninjas. You can be forgiven for thinking that they are pleased to see you, but the brutal reality is they are only interested in getting their tiny, adorable mitts on your sandwiches in your bag.
Some may use their charm to lower your defences by placing their hand on your leg.
And others may use their eyes to melt your heart.
Which they manage to do pretty darn well if you ask me.
So, watch your food around these gorgeous little critters, as although the temptation to feed them in strong, they really don’t need your squashed cheese sandwich.
Even this guy.
If you’re not squeaking yet then you’re a stronger person than I am. But if you’re anything like me then you’ll be glad for a quick photo of the sort of scenery you will also be treated to on Rottnest Island to give you a moment to compose yourself.
So, deep breath.
Rottnest Island, known to the local Noongar people as Wadjemup, lies 18km off the coast of Fremantle. It was named by Willem de Vlamingh in 1696, who called it Rotte nest (“rat’s nest”) after the quokka population.
Ah, calming, lovely landscape.
I’m feeling a lot less hysterical already.
But apart from the gorgeous sandy beaches from which you can snorkel and swim, the cycling, the historical buildings, the fishing and the varied flora, fauna and wildlife it’s ok to be honest with yourself that the quokkas are pretty much the main reason you want to visit.
And I can’t say I blame you.
Because, just look.
And when they bring their fur babies along for the ride, well, it’s just an instant brain freeze.
If you’re having a bad day at work just remember the fact that you can visit a whole island populated by these friendly wee chaps.
And if you’re not wiping your eyes with the back of your hand by now then I fear for you.
This was my face at the time, and pretty much every time I have looked at these photos since that moment.
I know you’re keen to visit Rottnest Island and meet these chaps for yourself. Fortunately, it’s very easy by catching the ferry from either Perth or Fremantle. The short journey from Fremantle takes about 30 minutes. Check out the Rottnest Express website for ticket prices. You can also arrange bike hire through them.
Over to you!
Have you ever seen anything so cute as a quokka?
Would you like to visit Rottnest Island? (I’m guessing the answer is yes.) Or perhaps you’ve been lucky enough to already have a million selfies with these adorable animals.
Let me know whether I’m not alone in my crazy obsession by dropping me a comment!
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