Natalie Rudling and partner Michael McCaffery buck the trend.
They are aged 43 and 50 respectively ” bringing down the average age of the volunteer group ” and had only visited the island twice before signing up for the recent annual training block.
‘We moved here in September last year (from Tasmania) and had only been here twice before we decided to do the guiding,’ Ms Rudling said.
‘I really enjoy the history tour, it was the hardest but I also learnt the most with that tour.’
Mr McCaffery said before visiting the island he had heard about ‘getting blotto on Rotto but there’s far more to the island than that’.
Cherif Amani developed a love for the island as a schoolteacher when he used to take students over.
‘In the 1980s I did one of the tours and really enjoyed it and thought if I ever had time when I retired I would do that,’ Mr Amani said.
‘I’ve seen a lot of change since then…it’s more commercial, there’s more for people to do.’
Linda Deutsch said cruising into Thomson Bay was the best part of Rottnest.
‘It’s hard to pick a favourite spot because it’s so diverse.’