Despite being on the other side of the world, there was something about Rottnest Island which reminded me of Herm in the Channel Islands. It's not just that it's a small pretty island devoid of cars, it's the feeling of the place, the coves and hills. I loved it.
As you'd expect, the main village is a busy place, with the island bakery, shops and (sadly) fast food option Subway bringing crowds of people and seagulls after a quick meal. It's also the first place you get to after disembarking the ferries so understandably busy. Once you getaway from there and explore the rest of the island, it becomes a wholly different place - peaceful and utterly breathtaking in parts.
There are a couple of restaurants to choose from on the island plus some cafes. We didn't eat at the restaurants or hotel so I can't comment on the food but my advice, if you don't have time or money is tight, visit the Rottnest bakery and pick up a sandwich or a giant vegemite scroll (its not marmite but it'll do). Dave also had a huge lamington which he thoroughly enjoyed.
One unique (and extremely cute thing) about Rottnest is the Quokka. It's a small animal which looks a bit like a giant rat. They are known as the happiest animal and I'm sure you'll recognise them from various memes. Living as they do on a small island with little in the way of predators and plenty of tourists feeding them treats, they are quite tame and don't mind being stroked and photographed. Apparently the done thing is to get a selfie with a quokka. Easy enough as long as you don't mind looking a bit gormless either bent over or laying down on the floor!
Have you been to Rottnest? I'd love to hear your favourite stories!