Everything you ever wanted to know about Quokkas

Stand anywhere along Perth’s turquoise coast, look west and you’ll see the shimmering silhouette of Rottnest Island on the horizon. Home to 20 bays, 63 secluded beaches and an endemic population of probably the friendliest marsupials in Australia, Perth’s car-free getaway has been put firmly on the map by a man with an uncanny ability to corral quokkas.

If you’ve never heard of the quokka, or their island paradise off the coast of Perth, then here’s the ultimate lowdown in ten little known facts – compiled with animal whisperer, adventurer and the official Quokka Dundee himself Allan Dixon.

The quokka is a marsupial that has been labelled the happiest animal in the world.

“I think Rottnest has by far the best beaches in the whole of Australia. I’m serious! There are too many to count, like paradise postcards and if you cycle out of the settlement you can have them all to yourself.

Quokkas are the main reason I keep going back to the island. At least thirty times now and they’ll always put a smile on your face.

It’s hard to describe the feeling of seeing a quokka in person. You’re awestruck because your brain cannot comprehend that such an animal exists. Too cute to be real, but they’re real!”

– Allan Dixon


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Quokkas are native to Rottnest Island in Western Australia, and can live for as long as 10 years.


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Terri Hatcher and Hugh Jackman are just two of the famous people who have ticked off this famed wildlife encounter.

Since Allan started the Instagram craze, visitation to the island from nature lovers has surged with visitors wanting to add the adorable holiday snap to their Instagram memories.


Quokkas live in a paradise with 83 beautiful bays and beaches.


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Quokkas are very clever animals and can learn tricks, gestures...and even simple commands!

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Rottnest Island is home to a permanent population of just 300 lucky people, including one teacher!


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The world's most popular quokka selfie was taken by Margot Robbie, with a whopping 2 million likes!

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Nearly 700,000 people visit Rottnest Island each year. Needless to say, we love it too!

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