Arrivals & Departures A postcard from Rottnest

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MOGENS JOHANSEN flees from the rat-race to our own overseas paradise

It feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of suburban life. I’ve just arrived on Rottnest Island and I already feel at ease.

Just 30 minutes earlier, I’d boarded a ferry in Fremantle, a couple of smiling quokkas plastered on the side .

The quokkas are a big drawcard, particularly for overseas visitors, who in many cases come on a day trip just to take a selfie with one.

But for me — and I suspect, most West Australians — that’s not really what Rotto is all about. It’s more about care-free days in a beach-side holiday house.

The ochre-coloured houses and heritage cottages in Thomson Bay have character. They’re not super flashy, but they are practical and functional.

Rotto is our place for families .

This is an edited version of the original, full-length story, which you can read here.

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