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QUOKKA PARK FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, rottnest island, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on April 1, 2018

 

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The City of Fremantle has applied to the Department of Parks and Wildlife to be allowed to open a Quokka reserve in Pioneer Park, opposite the railway station.

Fremantle wants to jump on the bandwagon of the popularity of the little marsupials that are one of the main attractions of Rottnest Island.

If the plans get approval Pioneer Park would be fenced off and many Guichenotia bushes planted. The oily leaves and purple flowers are the favourite food source of the herbivorous quokkas.

There are well over 10,000 Quokkas on Rottnest and the City of Fremantle has started liaising with the Rottnest Island Authority through Freo Councillor Hannah Fitzhardinge, who is on the board of the authority, to get a minimum of 500 Quokkas for the Quokka Park.

Roel Loopers

ROTTNEST ISLAND VISITORS RECORD

Posted in city of fremantle, holiday, rottnest island, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on February 5, 2018

 

Rottnest

 

Visitors’ numbers to Rottnest Island are increasing, with last year being a record with nearly 665,000 visitors.

December and January saw a 16 per cent increase compared to the previous year and I have no doubt that is due to ferry competition and reduced ticket prices to go to Rotto.

Since Sealink became a Rottnest ferry operator the Rottnest Express have slashed their prices and now run hourly morning ferries to the holiday island. Sealink offers free children fares, so that is all good for those who complained in the past that ferry fares were ridiculously high.

Roel Loopers

SPECIAL ROTTNEST FERRY JANUARY OFFER

Posted in city of fremantle, holiday, rottnest island, Uncategorized by freoview on January 3, 2018

 

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From SEALINK the new kids on the block of Rottnest Island ferry services comes this special offer.

JANUARY SPECIAL!
Depart Fremantle after 12pm and pay $29 for a same day return ferry and Kids travel FREE. We have an 8:05pm departure to take you back home. What are you waiting for?
https://www.sealinkrottnest.com.au/ferry/specials/afternoon-delight-29

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CHRISTMAS ON ROTTO

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, rottnest island, Uncategorized by freoview on December 24, 2017

 

 

It was unusually quiet on the waters and at the Fremantle B Shed Rottnest Island ferry terminal this Sunday morning, but that might be the quiet before the storm tomorrow and the fact that most people would have left for Rotto yesterday for a nice long Christmas weekend.

I had a 6.30 am double espresso at the B Shed cafe and took these photos of Victoria Quay.

Roel Loopers

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ROTTNEST FERRY COMPETITION

Posted in city of fremantle, rottnest island, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on December 12, 2017

 

Rottnest Express

 

Having early morning coffee at the B Shed ferry terminal on Fremantle’s Victoria Quay is like being on holiday.

There is a real buzz around when people arrive on foot or on their bike and queue up to get on board one of the ferries to Rottnest Island.

It will be interesting to observe how long it will take new operator Sealink to grab a good share of the ferry market, because the Rottnest Express brand is clearly very strong.

I have on several occasions observed that the early Sealink ferry departs with only a handful of passengers, while the Rottnest Express one half an hour later gets many more people on board.

I hear that prices for the trip to Rotto have come down considerably and that Rottnest Express is now departing hourly from Freo in the mornings.

Roel Loopers

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THE FREMANTLE SOUTH QUOKKAMOLE

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, rottnest island, Uncategorized by freoview on November 17, 2017

 

South Mole

 

Life is far too often too serious, and this has been a shit year for me, so the best escape is having a laugh now and then.

After seeing yet another smashed avocado dish on a Freo cafe menu, I had the idea of making the entrance to Fremantle Port a bit more catchy, and that spicy avocado dip guacamole inspired me.

Since the Rottnest Island ferries are steady visitors to Fremantle Port we should rename the moles to South Quokkamole and North Quaokkamole.

It could even become an avocado dish on the island in one of its cafes. :>)

Roel Loopers

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A STUNNING FREO SATURDAY MORNING

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle port, rottnest island, Uncategorized by freoview on November 11, 2017

 

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It’s not often one gets sunburnt before 9am in the morning but that is what happened today when I sat at the B Shed cafe on Victoria Quay from 6.30 to 8.30am.

I love Fremantle Port and the quay was packed with very fit-looking people and expensive racing bikes for an event on Rottnest Island.

The Indian Ocean was dead calm early this morning, so the ferry ride to the island would have been nice and smooth.

The B Shed cafe has new management and very good coffee and the views from there are great, and there are often dolphins in the harbour!

 

Roel Loopers

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NEW SEALINK FERRY TO ROTTNEST ISLAND

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, fremantle port, rottnest island, Uncategorized by freoview on October 28, 2017

 

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It was very busy, and a bloody cold wind, in Fremantle Port early this morning when the new Sealink Rottnest Island ferry Quokka I left for the island.

The big cruiseliner Voyager of the Seas had just arrived in port, and a navy frigate was also at berth at Victoria Quay, while North Quay was busy with container ships and a livestock carrier.

The cafe at B Shed has a new operator and staff so go and try them out while watching the ships entering and leaving port, and keep an eye out for dolphins who come into the harbour daily.

On  different note, I am delighted to read that the former Quod prison cells on Rottnest will no longer be used as tourist accommodation.

The Quod was an inhumane gaol for Aboriginal people in the mid 1800s and 10 per cent of prisoners died there.

Roel Loopers

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ROTTNEST WANTS NOONGAR RECOGNICTION

Posted in aboriginal, fremantle, history, indigenous, rottnest island, western australia by freoview on December 11, 2016

The Sunday Times reports today that the Rottnest Island Authority wants to make name changes on the island that refer to the cruel, sadistic and violent Henry Vincent, who was the prison supervisor of the indigenous Quod gaol from 1839-1867. Nearly 370 Aboriginal men died on Rottnest Island!

The RIA wants to change the name of Lake Vincent and Vincent Way and add more Aboriginal names to the island to acknowledge the indigenous history of Wadjemup, as Rottnest is known by the Noongar people.

According to the Sunday Times WA Premier Colin Barnett does not like “rewriting of history” but he does “support some recognition of that history.” The Premier told the Sunday newspaper he does not want to see renaming and glossing over history good or bad.

There will no doubt be people who believe the suggestions by the Rottnest Island Authority are just political correctness gone mad but many West Australians believe proper recognition of what happened to the Aboriginal people on the island is long overdue and a memorial for them should be built on Rottnest.

It is not rewriting history to properly acknowledge the atrocities committed to the Noongar people and other indigenous tribes in Western Australia and it is definitely time to adjust the one-sided history written by the Wadjelas.

Roel Loopers

 

 

NEW FREO PORT TO ROTTO PUB SWIM

Posted in fremantle, rottnest island, swimming by freoview on October 10, 2015

There will be competition for the Rottnest Island swim next year when on March 19 the first PORT TO PUB SWIM will be held. Swimmers will leave from Leighton Beach near Bib&Tuckers and arrive at Thompson Bay near the hotel.

Up to 1,200 swimmers can take part in the community race with entry fees of $ 195 per person for teams of four to six people.

There will be two options, a 20km and a 25km swim, so get ready and start training.

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.

Written and authorised by Roel Loopers of 5 Maxwell Street, Beaconsfield 6162.

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