Thomson Bay

Thomson Bay, Rottnest Island: Address, Thomson Bay Reviews: 4/5

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thewanderingslaters
Perth, Australia247 contributions
Lots of construction at present
Sep. 2021
Centre of town (Mall) has lots of construction that will hopefully only last for a few more weeks. Walk ways change daily and some of the businesses must be ripping there hair out as they are difficult to see or get too if you have not been previously. Will no doubt be wonderful when it is finished.
Written 24 September 2021
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burnsbeachbaby
Burns Beach, Australia608 contributions
Revamping Rotto Central.
Jun. 2021
Everything you need, wine and produce and everyday necessities at IGA, great inexpensive bakery with hot pies, good coffee, and cakes. Subway too!
Written 8 July 2021
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gfsc5
Perth, Australia1,219 contributions
Civilisation
Feb. 2021
The main Rottnest settlement is at Thomson Bay. The bay is pleasant with lots of boats plus the steady flow of ferries. And it's ok for swimming.

Written 27 February 2021
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Jean D
Melbourne, Australia137 contributions
The Settlement
Mar. 2020
This is the main settlement on the island, and is where the ferries from the mainland dock. The buildings are mostly historical, and were build by aboriginal prisoners back when the island was a prison. Everything nowadays is owned by the Rottnest Authority.
All the shops and eateries are on this main street, as are quite a few quokkas looking for handouts. This is not a good idea, as they cannot cope with non-native vegetation food.
There are some good views from the waterfront, but we didn't swim there.
The settlement is very quiet and deserted after about 6 pm, when everthing closes and the day visitors depart. We enjoyed a nighttime walk around the settlement, as well as looking around some of the historical cottages, etc., during the day.
Written 11 April 2020
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia24,836 contributions
The Start And Finish Of Rottnest
Dec. 2019
Thompson Bay is where you start and leave Rottnest. It is the commercial hub of the island with some historical houses (interesting), some very average restaurants catering for hungry tourists and a small beach and boat filled bay. Spend your time around the island for a better experience..
Written 30 December 2019
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KBNZ666
Perth, Australia118 contributions
Nice little settlement
Nov. 2019
Nice little island settlement with a few shops, info centre, ferry landing, bus stop and beaches. And of course many quokkas lurking around the shops hoping for some dropped food.
Written 20 November 2019
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ElaineLimTC
Penang Island, Malaysia42 contributions
Centre of Activity
Nov. 2019 • Friends
It is where you go to after docking, either to rent a bike, arrange transport, have breakfast, grab some lunch, visit the Visitor Centre to get a map and have a place to stay the night. You even get to see the iconic Quokkas.
Written 4 November 2019
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Bellridge
Caversham, Australia146 contributions
Busy beach
Oct. 2019
Lively beachwalk and views of ferries and boats coming and going. Does get very busy as right next to the main centre of Rotto.
Written 16 October 2019
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Evelyn P
Serpentine, Australia217 contributions
Quokkas
Sep. 2019 • Friends
On getting off the ferry at Thompson Bay, we made our way to the area where we could buy some food. As it happens this is where we saw the greatest numbers of Quokkas and we saw lot of things that thoroughly disgusted us. Mainly tourists feeding the Quokkas chips, sweets etc. There was little sign of warnings not to feed them. My suggestion would be that there should be a Ranger in this area at all times, ready to educate those caught doing the wrong thing. We saw one poor little Quokka that looked ill and we reported it to someone working in the bakery. He said he had reported it, but several hours later the quokka was still in the same place. If I hadn’t been in a hurry to catch the last ferry I would have tried to do more. ☹️
Written 4 October 2019
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Skeney57
Sydney, Australia21,036 contributions
The Settlement Proper of Rottnest Island
Jun. 2019 • Couples
The major area of Rottnest Island and home to most food & drink options and several attractions. It is the ferry port and large mooring area for private vessels. Also has a large selection of cabins both original & new for overnight stays and a nice historical area for a leisurely stroll & view.
Written 13 July 2019
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