Quokkas acknowledged for their WA tourism contribution with annual birthday weekend

Picture Courtesy: Chris Hemsworth’s Instagram

WA’s iconic Rottnest Island local quokka will be celebrated with an annual weekend in its honour.

The State Government has announced a universal quokka birthday to acknowledge it as a national icon that has boosted WA’s tourism.

Inaugural quokka birthday celebrations will run in September from Friday the 13th to Sunday the 15th and will be celebrated each year during those dates.

The Government will commemorate the event with affordable tourism to Rottnest Island, offering free travel and island admission for children 12 years and under, while adults will be able to purchase return tickets from $50.

Discounted accommodation will also be available with prices starting from $229 for a two-bedroom unit.

Visitors to the island will also be able to take part in quokka activities including walking tours, a quokka detective scavenger hunt, movie screening and tips on how to take the perfect quokka selfie.

The island’s quokkas have captured hearts of visitors, becoming WA’s unofficial tourism mascot after appearing in selfies with celebrities.

Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said it was time to celebrate the “happiest animal on the planet.”

“This is going to be a wonderful way to celebrate the happiest animal on the planet and a much-loved Western Australian local – the quokka,” Mr Papalia said.

“(We) want families to learn about this unique animal and its native environment which make Rottnest Island a tourism destination of national significance.”

He said the event would celebrate the animal’s contribution to WA tourism and tourism’s importance to the state.

“The McGowan Government is committed to ensuring our popular tourist destinations such as Rottnest Island continue to be enjoyed by local people. And this is an outstanding example of this commitment,” he said.

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