[Perth] What is Quokka, the model for Pikachu? I’ve met him in person!


Hello everyone. I’m @olivertomolife and I’ve studied abroad in Sydney!

Did you know that there is a small island called Rottnest Island in Perth, Western Australia?

Quokka, the model for Pikachu, lives there!

I’d like to introduce the island and how to get there from Perth.

Recommended for
  • Want to travel to Perth, Australia
  • Want to know more about quokkas
  • Want to visit Rottnest Island

Contents of this article
  • What is Rottnest Island?
  • How much does it cost to enter Rottnest Island?
  • How to get to Rottnest Island
  • What kind of animal is a quokka?
  • Discover the quokka!

I experienced studying abroad in Sydney for a year starting in 2018. I am currently writing a blog about my experience.

By reading this post, you’ll get to know about Rottnest Island!


What is Rottnest Island?

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Rottnest Island is located in the Indian Ocean, 18km west of Fremantle, Western Australia.

The island is so big that you can even go cycling on it!

It used to be land-locked with the Australian continent long ago, but topographical changes made it into the island it is today.

The Dutch who landed on the island mistook the quokkas for big rats, which is how it got its name, “rats nest island”!

Rottenest island
Rottenest island

The island is a beautiful paradise on earth, with many beaches and natural features, where you can experience snorkeling and diving.

In the summer, whales gather near the island, so whale watching is also held here!

When you come to Australia, I hope you will experience this great nature.

Rottnest Island
  • Address: Western Australia, 6161

Entrance fee to Rottnest Island

To enter the island, you need to pay an entrance fee of $19.50 for adults and $7 for children.

Most of this is paid when you buy your ferry ticket.

The prices are different for day trips and overnight stays, and are summarized below.

Day trip
Child (4-12 years old)$7
Family (2 adults + 2 children)$47.00
Child (4-12 years old)$8.50
Family (2 adults + 2 children)$58.00

How to get to Rottnest Island

The most convenient way to get to Rottnest Island is to take the Fremantle ferry from Perth City.

1 From Perth City to Fremantle

It takes 30 minutes to get from Perth Station to Fremantle.

This section explains how to buy a ticket at the station.

The types of tickets are as follows

Number of peopleType
One personstandard
Children and seniorsconcession
Two or more peoplemultiple

Next, choose 2ZONE, because the train to Fremantle is 2ZONE.

Then pay the $4.9 fare.

Now all you have to do is get on the train, and since Fremantle is the last stop, you won’t have to worry about missing it!

2 Fremantle to Rottnest Island

Fremantle Station

Once you arrive at Fremantle Station, take the Rottnest Express ferry.

This ferry is recommended because it gets you to the island faster than other ferries.

There is a port called B Shead near the station, so head there.

If you have booked your ferry tickets online, you will need to show the form to exchange your tickets.

You can also buy tickets on the day of the ferry, but it may take some time due to crowds, so it’s better to make a reservation.

B Shead’s website is here.

Then, we took the ferry and arrived at the island in about 30 minutes!

The boat was quite bumpy and I got seasick…

If you’re prone to seasickness, it’s better to sit on the first floor.

The entrance to the island looks like this!

Rottenest islnand
Rottenest island

At the entrance, there was an information center and a restaurant.

There are a lot of quokkas near here, but they are not well groomed because people feed them restaurant food.

If you want to see quokkas in the wild, you’d better find the island yourself.

What kind of animal is a quokka?

Quokka Australia

The quokka is an animal endemic to Australia and is classified as a member of the kangaroo family.

They look like they’re smiling, which is why they’re called “the happiest animal in the world!

They are friendly animals that are not afraid of humans, and many people take pictures with them.

It is said that there are about 10,000 quokkas on Rottnest Island, so you can find them in many different places.

Quokkas found!

I toured the island on a day trip, so my schedule was a bit busy.

If you have time to spare, I recommend staying on the island.

There’s a free bus service on the island, which is convenient for finding quokkas!

Here’s the quokka I found there.


I was able to take a picture of it without it running away when I pointed my cell phone at it!

It’s so relaxing just to look at them!

Next time, I’d like to stay on the island and do some diving.

I can’t wait to go abroad…


Rottenest island
  • Quokka is accustomed to people.
  • Rottnest Island is full of nature.
  • Ferry tickets should be booked in advance!

This is a summary of Rottnest Island and Quokka!

Please stay tuned for more information about Australia in the future.

Thank you for reading to the end!