Rotto becomes a winter hideaway

Anne Fenwick, Michael McMullen, Gladys Larcombe, Moira McMullen and Ruth and Ged Boylan at Rottnest.
Anne Fenwick, Michael McMullen, Gladys Larcombe, Moira McMullen and Ruth and Ged Boylan at Rottnest.

But time means little to the six Rottnest-lovers who have taken up residence on the island and share martinis or a bottle of wine most afternoons.

‘I love Rottnest and will come at any opportunity,’ Ms Larcombe said.

‘When I heard you could come for an extended stay, I was there.

‘I live in a retirement home and don’t have room to entertain so use this to return the hospitality.

‘My friends come from all over the world when they know I’m here.’

Michael and Moira McMullen have swapped their caravan trips up north for Rottnest because there is more traffic on the roads now.

The West Coast Eagles fans from Dunsborough ferry to the mainland for home games at Subiaco Oval.

Ged and Ruth Boylan run their migration and education agency Nichigo Centre, based in Murray Street, from the island during the long stay period.

The couple interview people over Skype using the island’s wifi network.

‘There’s no traffic lights, no cares,’ Mrs Boylan said.

‘We love riding as much as we can and winter is the perfect time.

‘Last week there was a pod of five whales breaching.’

The Rottnest Island Authority offers extended stay options from June 4-September with a minimum of eight weeks and maximum of 16 weeks.