Rottnest Island reopens to visitors

Minister Papalia greets guests at Rottnest Island Rottnest Island welcomed hundreds of visitors and guests over the weekend of June 6 and 7 as the island celebrated its reopening.

The reopening, part of the wider easing of restrictions in Phase 3 of the State’s COVID-19 roadmap, followed intense preparations for the return of tourists including the development of COVID-19 safety plans and the installation of signage and hand sanitiser stations.

Rottnest had been utilised as part of the State Government's COVID-19 response, with the last group of 200 people who underwent quarantine on the island departing on May 13.
  
"Rottnest played an important role in our response to COVID-19 - but from today (Saturday) it returns to its rightful place as one of WA's most loved tourism spots,” Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said. 
 
"I'd like to thank the island's business community in particular for their understanding and patience over this difficult period.

"Rottnest has become one of WA's must-do destinations for visitors from all around the world - but for now Western Australians have our little piece of paradise all to ourselves.”

Read more in the Minister for Tourism’s media statement.