Celebrating The World’s Cutest Marsupial: A Quokka Photo Essay

The cutest animal has to be the quokka, which you can find on Rottnest Island in Perth, Western Australia.

Before we get started I feel that I must warn you.

If you are of a mushy disposition then please look away now. The following pictures you are about to see are of such extreme cuteness I cannot be held responsible for the squeals of joy that may follow.

Ok, if you think you can handle the cuteness then let’s begin.

Meet The Quokka

What is a quokka I may quite rightly hear you ask?

A quokka is a small marsupial that can only be found on Western Australia’s Rottnest Island and in very small areas of the Western Australian mainland. A marsupial is an animal that nurtures and carries its young in a pouch on its front. Think of their more famous cousin, the kangaroo, then shrink it down to the size of a chubby guinea pig and ramp up the cuteness.

This, my friends, is a quokka.


They can be found casually hopping around as you cycle the island. They can roam unconcerned because the island does not allow any cars apart from a few service vehicles for the accommodation and businesses.

So, it really won’t take you long to spot a few.

And they really, really want to say hi.


However, these cute furbies are secret backpack raiding ninjas. You can be forgiven for thinking that they are pleased to see you, but the brutal reality is they are only interested in getting their tiny, adorable mitts on your sandwiches in your bag.

Some may use their charm to lower your defences by placing their hand on your leg.


And others may use their eyes to melt your heart.

Which they manage to do pretty darn well if you ask me.


So, watch your food around these gorgeous little critters, as although the temptation to feed them in strong, they really don’t need your squashed cheese sandwich.

Even this guy.


Rottnest Island

If you’re not squeaking yet then you’re a stronger person than I am. But if you’re anything like me then you’ll be glad for a quick photo of the sort of scenery you will also be treated to on Rottnest Island to give you a moment to compose yourself.

So, deep breath.


Rottnest Island, known to the local Noongar people as Wadjemup, lies 18km off the coast of Fremantle. It was named by Willem de Vlamingh in 1696, who called it Rotte nest (“rat’s nest”) after the quokka population.

Ah, calming, lovely landscape.

I’m feeling a lot less hysterical already.


But apart from the gorgeous sandy beaches from which you can snorkel and swim, the cycling, the historical buildings, the fishing and the varied flora, fauna and wildlife it’s ok to be honest with yourself that the quokkas are pretty much the main reason you want to visit.

And I can’t say I blame you.

Because, just look.


And when they bring their fur babies along for the ride, well, it’s just an instant brain freeze.


If you’re having a bad day at work just remember the fact that you can visit a whole island populated by these friendly wee chaps.

And if you’re not wiping your eyes with the back of your hand by now then I fear for you.

This was my face at the time, and pretty much every time I have looked at these photos since that moment.


Getting There

I know you’re keen to visit Rottnest Island and meet these chaps for yourself. Fortunately, it’s very easy by catching the ferry from either Perth or Fremantle. The short journey from Fremantle takes about 30 minutes. Check out the Rottnest Express website for ticket prices. You can also arrange bike hire through them.

Over to you!

Have you ever seen anything so cute as a quokka?

Would you like to visit Rottnest Island? (I’m guessing the answer is yes.) Or perhaps you’ve been lucky enough to already have a million selfies with these adorable animals.

Let me know whether I’m not alone in my crazy obsession by dropping me a comment!

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The cutest animal has to be the quokka, which you can find on Rottnest Island in Perth, Western Australia.



  1. October 31, 2016 / 2:42 PM

    Oh my goodness that is the cutest animal I’ve ever seen! So jealous you got to interact. Xx

    • November 1, 2016 / 1:04 AM

      Aren’t they just, Laura!? Every time I look at the photos it just makes me smile all over again.

  2. November 4, 2016 / 5:40 AM

    Soooooo cute!!!
    Although I was bitten on the thumb by a quokka when I was little so I know they’re not as innocent as they look haha!

    • November 4, 2016 / 6:37 AM

      I can imagine they can be a bit feisty if they’re after your sandwiches! Hope the memory is not too traumatic!

  3. November 4, 2016 / 9:46 AM

    I’ve just moved to Perth from the UK and I am DYING to get to Rottnest! I cannot believe how cute these little balls of fur are! Hopefully I’ll be going in the next couple of weeks and I’ll be able to write an adorable blog post of my own!

    • November 5, 2016 / 2:14 AM

      You will LOVE them, Leigh! Well worth the visit, plus Rottnest is a beautiful place to visit. Enjoy Perth – it’s a great city!

    • November 6, 2016 / 5:13 AM

      So pleased I am not the only one! Glad you enjoyed the post 🙂

  4. November 5, 2016 / 1:49 PM

    Oh my gosh he’s adorable and he knows it!
    I need to see this guy!

    • November 6, 2016 / 5:12 AM

      Yes, totally worked my camera with no shame! I hope you get to Rottnest Island one day, Stace.

  5. November 5, 2016 / 1:53 PM

    OH MY GOD I’M DYING. SO. CUTE. Well, visiting Rottnest Island has just made it to my bucket list!

    • November 6, 2016 / 5:11 AM

      Do it, Leah! No regrets! Hope you get there one day…

    • November 6, 2016 / 5:10 AM

      Definitely not shy! They’re all so smiley!

    • November 6, 2016 / 5:10 AM

      Haha, I had a lot of fun writing this! Glad you enjoyed it, Katie!

    • November 6, 2016 / 5:09 AM

      Definitely a highlight, I have to agree! Hope you get to Australia to meet them.

  6. November 5, 2016 / 6:00 PM

    So, so cute!! I love how they’re so friendly (but under all that cuteness is evil waiting to strike your backpack)!

    • November 6, 2016 / 5:08 AM

      Yes, these cheeky little mites were intent on getting their paws on your lunch. Sadly, too many people feed them these days so they’re getting used to it.

  7. November 5, 2016 / 10:12 PM

    What a cuteness overkill! Love the photos. Will definitely need to visit Rottnest, thanks for the tips!

    • November 6, 2016 / 5:07 AM

      Thank you, Goni! I wanted to share their photos with everyone as they were just too cute to keep to myself.

  8. November 6, 2016 / 7:00 AM

    Great blog post and the cutest photos!

    • November 8, 2016 / 1:40 AM

      Thank you, Lisa. So pleased you liked it!

  9. November 6, 2016 / 8:29 AM

    Quokkas look adorable! I especially love the second photo where he’s looking up at the camera with those eyes! The island looks very pretty itself too. Would love to go there next time I (hopefully) visit Australia.

    • November 8, 2016 / 1:42 AM

      They totally know how to work the camera! I hope you add Rottnest Island to your must-see list!

    • November 8, 2016 / 1:39 AM

      Totally! They make my heart melt each time I look at them!

  10. November 9, 2016 / 5:05 PM

    I saw some of these at a zoo-farm thing once upon a time but couldn’t for the life of me remember what they were called so I could google them and show people! So glad you wrote this – so bloody adorable!

    • November 10, 2016 / 10:17 AM

      Woo, glad I could help with bringing the cuteness back into your life!

  11. Sharon.
    April 11, 2017 / 3:31 AM

    Oh my, these wee guys are just so sweet & adorable.
    The pictures will just Brighton up your day.

    • April 16, 2017 / 9:38 AM

      Aren’t they just, Sharon? The best part of it was they were just so inquisitive and totally relaxed in your company.

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