Is Rottnest Island becoming 'out of reach' for WA families?

Posted by Convenor on April 4, 2015  •

Read the latest about the cost of spending a day at Rottnest Island in this article by Louise Merrillees from the ABC. We have to agree, a ferry ride to Rottnest is out of the reach of the average WA family and people just aren't going for that reason. What do you think? Leave a comment on our facebook page and tell us what you think.

A Rottnest Society member recently spent a holiday in Bali and travelled to Nusa Lembongan, an island off Bali, the same distance Rottnest is from the coast of WA, and paid only $50 for a return ferry fare, but had the choice of MANY ferries running to the island, all offering transport services included in the fare.

Rottnest Island becoming 'out of reach' for WA families

Support the Rottnest (Wadjemup) Walk Trail Project

Posted by Convenor on April 4, 2015  •

This project aims to preserve and protect Rottnest’s unique environment, as well as raise the awareness of the Island’s environmental values and cultural history by providing interpretive elements along the Trail to educate the community. The Rottnest Society will be contributing volunteer labour towards revegetation aspects of the project. Another affiliated community group project partner, the Rottnest Foundation, is busy raising funding for the Walk Trail.

To find out how you can support this project, please visit

Sign up now for 2015 Volunteer Weekends!

Posted by Convenor on January 8, 2015  •

We have four volunteer weekends this year and we need 50 people for each weekend. Please fill out this years form and get it to us as soon as you can if you would like to volunteer. The first weekend will be held in May, we will be working on the coastal walk trail. The last weekend will be dedicated to weeding and beach maintenance. Please fill in the form and either email it or post it to us soon. (Please see the contact page for our postal adress).

2015 Volunteer Weekend dates:

  • Weekend 1: May 1-3
  • Weekend 2: June 5-7
  • Weekend 3: July 31 - Aug 2
  • Weekend 4: Sept 11-13

2015 Volunteer Weekend Booking Form

2014 Report - Volunteer Weekends

Posted by Convenor on July 27, 2014  •

The Society had four volunteer weekends planned for 2014.  As part of the Rottnest Island Walk Trail project, we have been busily working in areas around the new trail.  We have already completed three of the weekends, and have the fourth and last in August..  All weekends have been fully booked and we want to thank you for volunteering yourselves and your friends to fill our volunteer quotas. If you are interested in signing up for 2015, please email your details to

Draft Rottnest Island Management Plan 2014-2019

Posted by Convenor on May 1, 2014  •

You may have recently seen the articles in the media about the Rottnest Island Authority's "20 year vision" and plans for the island. This draft plan (RIMP) is currently open for public comment until 6th June and it can be viewed on the Rottnest Island website, or can be inspected at the RIA Offices at Fremantle. We would encourage all of our members to look carefully at the draft plan and we will be sending out details to our membership in the next few weeks with instructions on how to submit your comments.

Henrietta Rocks Project

Posted by Convenor on April 14, 2013  •

The Society was involved in a project last year to revegetate the area at Henrietta Rocks, where a new walkway and stairs was constructed. The Winnit Club were also part of the project built the walkway and tiered stairs. Our part in the project included the revegetation of the tracks and surrounding area of the new walkway.


Time To Act!

Posted by Convenor on February 18, 2013  •

The Society is concerned about the Rottnest Island Authority's plans to spend millions of dollars on the Island's low-key golf course and clubhouse by irrigating the greens and fairways to match mainland standards. The only people consulted about this proposal were members of the golf and "country club". There are further talks about a marina development in Thompson Bay which may involve building a sea wall and altering the existing coral structures around Natural Jetty. Meanwhile other facilities agreed to in the official Rottnest Island Management Plan 2009-14 are being ignored or put on the 'back burner", like the aboriginal memorial graveyard development and the replacement camping area still only partly completed.

Rottnest is simply magic. We need you to email you local MP and tell them not to support inappropriate developments. Which means:

  • no expensive upgrade of the golf course
  • no additional luxury accommodation
  • no marina for private boats

Rottnest is the people's island, not a playground for the rich!

Phone, email or write to your local parliamentarians and demand public comsultation on these issues.

The CCWA website includes a "Contact your MP" link where you can add your concerns about Rottnest to an automatic email to your local MP. Please contact your local member directly or use the CCWA link (