Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

January 22, 2022
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Rottnest, Australia

When Dutch explorer Willem de Vlamingh landed on Rottnest Island, 19 kilometres off Australia’s mainland, he mistook that fascinating, if odd, relative of the kangaroo, the marsupial quokkas for a rat, and named the island “rat’s nest.” Far from it — it has about 60 white-sand beaches, snorkelling, shipwrecks, biking and is a popular day trip from Perth by ferry. If you want to stay the night, go to, and search accommodations. There you’ll find cabins or bungalows, managed by the tourism authority, which start at $46. For the ferry, go to

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