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Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012
A winter sojourn on Rottnest
Visiting Rottnest for some R&R in winter can be an exhilarating experience, but doing it on a budget has its perils. For example with the weather, if you roll the dice to get there on the day when a force ten gale and mountainous seas are running (the ferry skipper described conditions as bumpy), then a 30 minute crossing can easily stretch out to three quarters of an hour of washing machine action and bring on an animated touch of mal de mer amongst many unsuspecting travelers. Before we left Freo yesterday vomit bags were issued to every passenger, “just in case.” When everyone finally staggered ashore on the island there was no immediate relief. When it’s raining, the race to get under some sort of cover at the shoreside end of the long ferry jetty can be likened to the running of the bulls at Pamplona. The most relieving part of any day one for a stay on Rotto comes when you get the key to your accommodation. In our long experience of island visits, getting the key immediately on arrival is usually out of the question because there is a convoluted communication system between the various levels of island cleaning staff and the Visitor Centre which requires patience. We got lucky yesterday and only had to wait about an hour. After we unpacked and made our beds Jill, Kylie and myself rode to the Basin to check if any white pointers were lurking nearby for a photo opportunity, but it was too rough to spot them. In any case, swimming is definitely off our agenda during this visit. No white pointers sighted at The Basin yesterday
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