Quokka’s birthday celebrations after selfies surge

Famous selfies with the quokkas on Rottnest Island.
Famous selfies with the quokkas on Rottnest Island.

OUR quokkas have met some famous visitors, whose selfies helped the critters’ popularity skyrocket to international status.

Tourism numbers to Rottnest Island have surged after Hollywood A-listers and celebrities posted their photos with the island’s beloved residents.

Last month, Tourism Minister Paul Papalia announced the inaugural Quokka birthday will be celebrated on September 15.

Celebrations include free travel and island admission for kids 12 years and under and discounted $50 return tickets for adults, from September 13 – 15.

Check out some of our favourite quokka selfies over the years:

Picture: Chris Hemsworth/Instagram

Thor actor Chris Hemsworth and his family visited Rottnest Island in March this year and posted what is arguably the most famous quokka selfie.

Picture: Office of WA Tourism Minister

Matt Damon was vacationing with Chris Hemsworth’s family when someone posted this photo of the Good Will Hunting star, who does not have any social media accounts.

Picture: Pete Wentz/Instagram

Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz and photographer Elliot Ingham were all smiles when they met the island’s most famous resident in March 2018.

Margot Robbie in Rottnest Island. Picture: Instagram

March seems to be a popular time to visit as I, Tonya star Margot Robbie also came to see the quokkas in March last year.

Picture: Roger Federer/Twitter

Roger Federer’s selfie started a boom for WA tourism when he snapped a photo in December 2017. The Swiss tennis player arrived in Rottnest Island by helicopter during his down time before the Hopman Cup.

Picture: Hugh Jackman/Facebook

The Greatest Showman and WAAPA graduate Hugh Jackman couldn’t resist snapping a photo with a quokka when he visited the island in December 2015.

Cellist Jan Vogler and Bill Murray with a quokka. Picture: Mira Wang

It ain’t a groundhog but Bill Murray saw WA’s equivalent out of its burrow while he was touring with cellist Jan Vogler and violinist Mira Wang in November 2018.

Picture: Teri Hatcher/Instagram

Desperate Housewives actress Teri Hatcher was excited to meet the quokka, posting 10 selfies on her Instagram in June 2017. Hatcher was in Perth for the Supanova expo.

Picture: Nathan Fillion/Twitter/Whosay.com

Other Supanova Perth guests who was ecstatic to meet the quokka includes Firefly actor Nathan Fillion, who was in Perth for the expo in June 2015.

Picture: Adrian Grenier/Instagram

Adrian Grenier, of Entourage fame, visited Rottnest Island in November 2017 while he was in Perth celebrating the Melbourne Cup at Tipple in Subiaco.

Picture: Kelly Slater/Instagram

Surfing legend Kelly Slater coined the term “shaka” for a collective group of quokkas when he visited them in June this year.

Picture: Lincoln Lewis/Instagram

Home and Away actor and Tourism Australia ambassador Lincoln Lewis was “genuinely stoked” to see this Aussie icon in October 2017.

Picture: drchrisbrown/Instagram

Bondi Vet Chris Brown paid a visit to Rottnest in June 2016 for a segment on Channel 10’s The Living Room.

Rottnest Island was one of the destinations presented in Islands of Australia hosted by English television presenter Martin Clunes. The three-part documentary series was aired in October 2016.

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