Australia Reflections with Zeb and Eider Duck Part 1

Zeb and Eider Duck spent a couple months in 2015 exploring Australia.   We have been showing you what we found during our time, but this week we want to share our favorite Australian memories with you.   We liked this post card from Australia showing a map of Australia on the map of the United States.

Australian map over US map and where we visited

Australian map over US map and where we visited

Gives a good idea of the distances involved.   The red yarn shows where we went.     After a couple days in Sydney, we flew to Hobart, Tasmania.   Such a beautiful island!   The Tasmanian Devil is now found in the wild only in Tasmania.

This Tasmanian Devil was running a lot. He has nice red ears.

This Tasmanian Devil was running a lot.  He has nice red ears.

We thought he was rather cute.   Another famous destination in Tasmania is the Bay of Fires.   These rocks gain color from the lichen on them, and the white sand was so soft and the water so blue.

Sitting in soft white sand, near orange boulders and blue water.

Sitting in soft white sand, near orange boulders and blue water.

There is only ocean between Antarctica and Tasmania, so the water is pretty cold.  Tasmania is perfect for camping, hiking and other outdoor activities.   The St. Columba Falls are spectacular.

St Columba Falls

St Columba Falls

From Tasmania, a short flight to Adelaide and a short boat trip took us to Kangaroo Island.   Of course, the kangaroos, white and brown, were the stars of the island.

Aren't they adorable. Our first white kangaroos

Aren’t they adorable.  Our first white kangaroos

There was much competition for top spot with the seals and sea lions and the breathtaking scenery.

Love the beach with sea lions

Love the beach with sea lions

These guys were so cute!   A few days later we took the boat to Adelaide.   While in Adelaide, we enjoyed the free city buses.   In the city park, the pelican was friendly and curious.

Anything for me?

Anything for me?

Black swans very plentiful.

Too close mom

Too close mom

We were told that black swans are only native to areas south of the equator.   Australia has great trains.   The Indian Pacific Railway took us across the Nullarbor Plain to Perth.

The Indian Pacific Railway

The Indian Pacific Railway connects the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean.

From Perth a great boat trip took us to Rottnest Island, a pretty island and home to the quokkas.

The quokka is our new friend

The quokka is our new friend.  He is a marsupial and hops similar to a kangaroo.

Back in Perth, we again utilized free city buses to explore the city.  Obtaining a rental car, we drove up the west coast of Australia.   We highly recommending driving along the coast.   The roads are good, the scenery perfect and people very friendly and helpful.   Also free tourist information is available.   At Hamlin Pool, we went inside the telegraph station.   This is where an Australian lady, using Morse code, helped NASA when our communications system had problems during a space mission.

Hamelin Pool Telegraph Station of 1884

Hamelin Pool Telegraph Station of 1884

The shell blocks were great to see.

Shell Blocks at Hamelin Pool

Shell Blocks at Hamelin Pool

This area of Australia was the only time we saw these shell blocks.   We visited the second and smallest country on the Australian continent, The Principality of Hutt River.   We needed and had our passports stamped here.

Stamped passports

Stamped passports

If you are in the area, visit Hutt River and learn about the establishment of this independent principality.   Continuing north along the Indian Ocean, we learned of several joint projects between Australia and the United States during World War II.   This is the monument to Operation Potshot, one of those cooperative missions.

Operation Potshot Monument

Operation Potshot Monument on the Indian Ocean

We will continue with our Australian memories this week.   We hope you will reminisce with us this week.

More from Rottnest Island with Zeb and Eider Duck

Rottnest Island was discovered by the Dutch in 1696.   The island was named Rottenest which means rat’s nest.   They believed the island to be inhabited by large rats.   However, they were not rats but quokkas.

Quokka

Quokka

Quokkas are marsupials; smaller relatives of the wallaby.   In 1838 Rottnest settlement was established as a prison for the Aborigines from the mainland.

Former prison

Former prison

Of course, the prison no longer exists, but you can wander around the convict built buildings,  such as the Quod.    In the Quod, prison cells have been converted into hotel rooms.   The Lomas Cottage has a large garden area.

Lomas House for warden. Often called Buckingham Palace

Lomas House for warden. Often called Buckingham Palace

It was nicknamed Buckingham Palace during the prison days, as the warden eventually lived here.    The prison guard’s homes are still here, with a different purpose today.

Former guard housing. Now shops

Former guard housing.   Now shops

Walking among the stores in the town area, we saw this peacock.

Rottnest Island peacock

Rottnest Island peacock

Very friendly and not at all nervous with humans.   We also liked these birds with the pink tummies.

Pink and gray galah

Pink and gray galah

Remember we told you the island was inhabited by quokkas, a smaller relative of the wallaby.    This one is about the size of a cat.

Quokka

Quokka

He is very friendly, but we should not feed him.   He does not digest human food very well.   His front feet are rather short and he hops like a wallaby or kangaroo.   This quokka likes the Colorado Traveling Ducks.

The quokka is our new friend

The quokka is our new friend

He hopped right to us, but did not bite us.   We told you many humans ride bikes around Rottnest Island.   We ducks tried it also.

We would like to ride these bikes, but...short legs

We would like to ride these bikes, but…short legs

Zeb and Eider liked the white sand beach.

Indian Ocean

Indian Ocean

The Indian Ocean looks so pretty today.

The Indian Ocean

The Indian Ocean

We went to the salt house.

The Salt House

The Salt House

This is now a gallery of island history.   Salt used to be a major source of income for Rottnest Island.   Now it is time for us to leave the island.

Leaving Rottnest Island

Leaving Rottnest Island

On the ferry back to Perth we saw people walking across the Swan River.

Walking across the Swan River

Walking across the Swan River

The tide was low and the sand bar allowed people to walk across.   Many were fishing.   We also saw all these sailboats.

Sailboats are so colorful

Sailboats are so colorful

We really liked the ferry and our day on Rottnest Island.   You would like it also.

Rottnest Express to Rottnest Island with Zeb and Eider Duck

We are on another ferry.   We love boats!   Today we are going to Rottnest Island near Perth, Western Australia.  Here is the ferry.

Ferry between Perth, Fremantle and Rottnest Island

Ferry between Perth, Fremantle and Rottnest Island

It is big.  We are on!

On the ferry. Let's go to Rottnest Island

On the ferry. Let’s go to Rottnest Island

Our ferry is sailing on the Swan River.   Leaving the dock at Perth, we travel under this bridge.   Cars and trains drive on this bridge above us.

Bridge over river for cars and trains

Bridge over Swan River for cars and trains

We are really moving now.

We are really moving now

We are really moving now

Along the river we see many people in kayaks.

So many kayaks

So many kayaks

That looks fun.  Hey humans.   Zeb and Eider want to know:   do all other humans have big boats?

So many yachts

So many yachts

We are seeing so many big yachts along this river.   We stop for more passengers in Fremantle.

Passengers board ferry at Fremantle

Passengers board ferry at Fremantle

There are no cars on Rottnest Island, so many humans ride bicycles.   We are bringing a lot of bikes on our ferry.

Our ferry brought all these bicycles

Our ferry brought all these bicycles

We are here.

Welcome to Rottnest Island

Welcome to Rottnest Island

The Colorado Traveling Ducks are on Rottnest Island near Perth, Western Australia.   First stop is the Visitor’s Center.

Visitor's Center

Visitor’s Center

There is lots of information at the Visitor’s Center.   Here we learn about a tourist bus that travels around the island.   We bought our tickets and we are going.   We can get off if we want and then get the next bus an hour later.   This island has beautiful white sandy beaches.

Beautiful white and beaches of Rottnest Island

Beautiful white and beaches of Rottnest Island

The water is beautiful shades of blue.   This is the Indian Ocean.

Shades of blue of the Indian Ocean

Shades of blue of the Indian Ocean

We just can say enough good things about this water.

Beautiful shades of blue

Beautiful shades of blue

These rough cliffs are a reminder of many shipwrecks near the island.

Treacherous cliffs resulted in many shipwrecks.

Treacherous cliffs resulted in many shipwrecks.

Some people got off our bus to tour and climb the lighthouse.

Lighthouse on Rottnest Island

Lighthouse on Rottnest Island

Although Rottnest Island has white sand beaches with beautiful clear water the interior of the island is wooded.

Wooded areas of the island

Wooded areas of the island

Other parts of the island are rather dry.

Desert parts of Rottnest Island

Desert parts of Rottnest Island

We like the diversity of Rottnest Island.   After our bus tour, we explore more of this island.   We will show you what we found next time.