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Quokkas and Osprey

Episode: 1
Title: Quokkas and Osprey
Broadcast: 30th July 2017
Presenter: Trevor Cochrane

One of WA’s best kept tourist secrets is Rottnest Island, sacred to many West Aussies and filled with a variety of experiences. This week, Trevor gets up close and personal with the infamous quokka.

  • The most famous west aussie icon is the completely unique and beautiful quokka. This marsupial was once common on the mainland, but today its estimated that there are fewer than 4000 surviving on the mainland. So, Rottnest Island is very important to the survival of this species.
  • One of the things that has made them famous worldwide is their beautiful little smile. The Huffington post declared them the happiest creature on the planet just 3 or 4 years ago which started the selfie trend.
  • They are endangered so the two most important rules you need to follow is one, do not feed them. They are herbivores and it’s not healthy for them to get processed foods in their diet.
  • They also should not be touched as they are a wild animal. The aboriginal people who call this place Wadjemup have one basic request, treat the quokka with respect, and it’s great advice.
  • Of course, there’s a huge amount of action in and on the water. Rottnest is a regular spot for New Zealand fur seals at Cathedral Rocks, dolphins will play in the surf nearby.
  • Trevor’s favourite bird to watch is the eastern auspray, a medium sized raptor that inhabits most coastal areas and their nests known as stacks are some of the largest most durable natural structures in Australian nature.

Rottnest is just as good in winter! It’s a great time of year to encounter unique wildlife including our always smiling quokkas, beautiful osprey eagles and playful New Zealand fur seals... Three-night stays in two bedroom holiday units start from just $330 and sleep up to 4 people (that’s just $27.50 per person/per night!). Discounted ferry travel also available! To book this special offer, visit

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