Where can I go to see a Quokka?
The world’s Quokka population can only be found in certain areas in the south-east mainland of Western Australia, plus a few thousand on Bald Island off the southern coast. However, the majority of the communities are native to Rottnest Island, a tropical landmass surrounded by coral reefs located west of Perth. Quokkas cannot be found in captivity anywhere outside of Australia so you need to visit their native country for a chance to come across one and, due to the high population density, Rottnest Island is the best place to seek out the charming animal.
Rottnest Island, or ‘Rotto” as the locals call it, is accessible via a short ferry ride from Perth or Fremantle. Once on Rotto, our hot tips for the perfect Quokka-spotting locations are to head to the Thomson Bay Settlement or the area around Wadjemup Lighthouse.
Check out these Western Australia self-drive and small group tour itineraries, which include a visit to Rottnest Island and you may see the little critters for yourself.
Fun fact: Quokkas are members of the macropod family (herbivorous pouched marsupials) - a relation of wallabies, kangaroos and pademelons.