The islands of the Mediterranean and the Caribbean have long been playgrounds for the rich and famous, but who would have thought that a small island off the coast of Perth would also become a ‘star’ attraction?

Celebrities from all corners of the world have visited this carefree paradise on their travels to Western Australia and fallen in love with its spectacular scenery and laid-back lifestyle.  They’ve also fallen in love with its furry inhabitants – the quokkas – and the ‘world’s happiest animals’ have become almost as famous as the celebrities themselves thanks to the quokka selfie phenomenon.

Roger Federer served up the first ace in 2017 when he was in Perth for the Hopman Cup.  His quokka selfie on Instagram attracted thousands of views and over half a billion people read his comment that he was ‘so happy to be in Perth, it is a wonderful city so the people watching at home, make a trip here to Perth, come on guys, come visit it’.   

His post sparked record numbers of tourists to the holiday island and inspired a host of other stars to get warm and fuzzy on their socials. These included the Fed’s arch rival, Rafael Nadal, Margot Robbie, US musician Pete Wentz, US mixed martial artist Luke Rockhold, Canadian singer Shawn Mendes, Aussie heartthrob Chris Hemsworth and mega-star Hugh Jackman, surfing legend Kelly Slater and AFL greats Brendan Fevola and Nic Natanui (who did a joint pose with Manchester United icon Dwight Yorke).   

Even The Bachelor Locky Gilbert and his chosen one, Irena Srbinovska, posted a quokka selfie while visiting the island recently, sparking speculation that they were there to celebrate their engagement.  And the list of public figures and celebs sharing the love for Rotto goes on and on.  Masterchef finalists.  AFL football teams.  Sporting greats.  Artists.  Musicians.  Community leaders.

Famous visitors come to Rottnest for the sun, the surf, the sea and the scenery, but they also come for the seclusion.  Rottnest has 63 stunning bays and beaches, many of them hidden from view, so if you’ve got a recognisable face, it’s a great place to have a secret staycation without attracting attention.  

The thing about this island paradise is that celebs love it, but it’s also a place that makes ordinary people FEEL like celebs.  There’s something about the pearly sand and the shimmering sea, the chilled cocktails, sunnies and straw hats, the freshest seafood, spectacular sunsets and yacht masts gently clinking in the bays that makes every visitor feel like a million dollars.

The island is as historic as it is beautiful and there is a huge range of amazing things to see and do.   From walks and talks, cycling, diving, snorkelling and surfing to chilling by the shore and sampling local delicacies – you’re spoilt for entertainment choices.  And if you really want to fly high, why not consider skydiving at Rottnest?   

If you do take the plunge, you’ll join an illustrious club of celebrities who have also done this adrenalin-fuelled adventure.  Tom Cruise, James Corden, Manu Feidel, Rita Ora, Will Smith, Bella Hadid, Pat Cash and Michelle Rodriguez are among the famous faces who have taken to the skies – and while they didn’t do the Rottnest tandem skydive (unlucky for them because we think it is the most spectacular in Australia) – they all will have felt like champions of the world after their exhilarating experience.  

Visit www.skydivegeronimo.com.au for more information on skydiving at Rottnest or give the team of friendly skydiving professionals a call on 08 9417 8158 and book your adventure of a lifetime.   You’ll get an incredible photo at 10 000 feet above the spectacular coastline and you can always hashtag a quokka selfie when you’re back on terra firma.  And who knows, you may even bump into someone famous while you’re at it!