Flying High

Trip Start Feb 16, 2008
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Trip End Mar 27, 2008


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Friday, February 22, 2008

Well today I felt like I had been to paradise and back. 

I took a cruise out to Rottnest Island from Perth, which is the most westernly point in the whole of Australia.  It is an island that lies about 18 km off the coast of Perth.  And actually when you get to the most westernly point off Rottnest Island, the nearest land to the west off it, is South Africa. 
This place was an old aboriginal penal camp where they kept the prisoners.  Nowadays it is kept as tourist accomodation.  On the 1 hour cruise out to it, we were entertained by a freindly school of dolphins, that jumped up and down out of the water as if knowing we were watching them. 

I had booked a tour on the island some weeks back and when I arrived discovered that I was only one booked in for that particular time slot, so I has a personal guide for the island with a lovely girl called Adene.  I had a guided walking tour first that lasted 2 hours and met right away the island's most famous inhabitant, the quokka.  This little marsupial is only found on Rottnest island, and nowhere else in the wolrd and was first identifed as being a rat by dutch explorers over 200 years ago, hence the name, rottnest island.  It is actually like a little wallaby and very cute. 

Then after my walk, I had some free time so I took a deep breath and went on a scenic tour of the island...... in a 4 seater airplane!!!!!  Yes the little tiny wee yokes that bump up and down and shake side to side.  I have never been in anything that can fly this small and to be honest...... dont know if I would do it again...... but it was fantastic...after I came down.!!!!  No seriously, the pilot was fantastic and the views....   well I know I will probably never experience anything like that again and will never forget it... 1000 feet up in the air and perfect blue skies to view the island below with turquoise water and white sand.  It was just magical. 

The cruise back home in the sunset was lovely and included a wine tasting of wines of Western Australia.  What a lovely way to end a perfect day.
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val4degrees
val4degrees on

rottnest island a penile colony??????????
I hope you meant PENAL as in prisoners as opposed to what penile actually means. Sounds like a good time which ever way you read it though. Its now thursday at home and you have been replaced in the 4degrees for the term of your self imposed exile. Francis from the shop has taken your place so of course we came second last night. She says she is available till September so what do you think. I hope you get to read this from time to time. Enjoy you have a lot to catch up on when you return.

hallen
hallen on

Excitement -vs- Boring
Penile Camp? Lucky Shag? and I thought you were on a holiday!!!!! I just omitted to read out the fact that the Luck Shag was a restaurant so you can imagine the comments. Everyone here is bogged down by cases (client cases, not suit cases) and they have just turned GREEN after seeing your message. Weather here is fabulous (if you enjoy being cold along with the wind & rain). Sounds like you're having a fab time, keep the blog going and pass our best wishes to Emma.

01893690
01893690 on

Hello
Hi glad you are having such a great time, I'm off to Czech Republic next week so I will be looking forward to catching up with your journey on my return. Sorry have to run 5.30pm on a Friday want to get home, we aren't all enjoying ourselves at the moment.

Jackie

seanamal
seanamal on

jealous, jealous, jealous!
i read out your blog to mum, dad, desmon, dympna and karol, who all said it sounded just amazing!!!! it is rainy and blustery and horrible here, and skeck is the most exotic animal around! just to let you know, the opening went brilliantly, couldn't have hoped for things to go any better!! its hard to believe you have a week up already! will keep in touch, lots of love from mum dad and seana!

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