Saturday, April 24, 2010


More Extraordinary Taxi news: this report in today's POST...

An unleaded-fuel taxi was the latest vehicle driving on Rottnest Island this week.

Tourism WA's Extraordinary Taxi campaign had a four-day stint in Perth starting from Saturday, April 17.

Western suburbs stops on driver Doug Slater's and passengers Heinz and Patricia Markuse's itinerary were Kings Park and Rottnest.

The XT Ford Falcon cab was loaded onto the island's supply barge at Fremantle early Monday morning and hit Rottnest at half-past eight.

A Tourism WA spokeswoman said the passengers snorkelled, rode bikes and went on Eco Adventure and lighthouse tours.

The taxi returned to the mainland at around 4pm.

The spokeswoman was unsure if Mr Slater and his passengers had been to Rottnest before.

The Extraordinary Taxi website describes Rottnest as “one of the most extraordinary little islands on earth”, with attractions including beaches, bays and the quokka.

“One thing you won’t be seeing (on Rottnest) is any cars – quite an attraction in itself,” the website says.

But a Rottnest Island Authority spokeswoman said the taxi joined at least 60 vehicles already on the island.

The Authority has seven cars, nine buses, a railcar, five trucks, two Landcruiser fire units, three electric golf buggies, a petrol golf buggy and a quad bike.

The police have two cars, the nursing post has an ambulance and contractors Programmed Maintenance Services drive 22 vehicles.

Three businesses have a vehicle each, and cleaners have an undetermined number of vehicles.

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