Introduction to Wadjemup - Rottnest Island
Rottnest Island (Wadjemup in the local Whadjuk Noongar language) situated 19 km away from Freemantle Coast and 33 km away from Perth, is a gem that stands out for its numerous beautiful and glistering beaches, as well as the place that holds one of the largest Quokka population in the world.
By measure, the island is only 11 km long by 4.5 km wide, and 19 km2 in area. Despite being sized-humble, Rottnest Island offers up to 63 beaches, 20 bays with 135 species, and countless corals to visitors who want to soak themselves in the beauty of mother nature. Besides the water, there is also approximately 45 km of walking trails and 22 km of cycling paths and roads for others that want to get their steps done for the day while enjoying the vibrant scenery.
Wadjemup translates to “the place across the water where the spirits are". To the Traditional Owners, the Whadjuk Noongar people, Wadjemup is a resting place of the spirits and the memorial space of Aboriginal men and boys whose bodies rest beneath the sand of the land. Wadjemup also keeps a spiritual and cultural connection to the Traditional Owners, the Whadjuk Noongar people.
- Traditional name: Wadjemup (pronounced Wad-jem-up)
- Indigenous Peoples: Whadjuk Noongar people
- Traditional lands: Whadjuk Nyoongar booja country
- Traditional languages: Whadjuk Noongar language
- How to say g’day in Noongar: Kaya
Oliver Hill Road, Rottnest Island Western Australia 6161, Australia