Recreational Business Proposals

Rottnest Island Authority (RIA) runs an annual expression of interest (EOI) process for new recreational business activities.

RIA will advertise the EOIs on its website each year, with details as to the scope and type of business proposals invited prior to each EOI process commencing.

Organisations can apply in their own right or can partner with other organisations to provide new activities and services which are aimed at enhancing the visitor experience and which complement the Island’s natural environment and cultural heritage.

Proposals must include a completed Business Proposal Application Form and supporting documents, with consideration given to how the business aligns with the Rottnest Island Management Plan 2020-2024. Business proposals must be submitted to RIA’s agent, Burgess Rawson by email to gperry@burgessrawson.com.au.


Rottnest Express               9335 6406 (B-Shed, Victoria Quay Fremantle) or 9430 5844 (Northport Rous Head)

Rottnest Fast Ferries         9246 1039 (Hillarys Boat Harbour)

SeaLink Rottnest Island    1300 QUOKKA or 1300 786552 (B-Shed, Victoria Quay, Fremantle)

Pelagic (barging services) 9336 4200 (Mews Road, Fremantle)

Marine Facilities

Moorings/pens will only be allocated if it is required for the safe operation of the proposed business. 

In the event that a mooring or pen facility is approved as part of the operation of a proposed business, it is an express provision of any licence agreement that there is no private use of any such provided facility. Fees will apply.

Environmental considerations on the Island

Island Resources and Energy Conservation

Water and power are scarce resources on Rottnest Island.  Business proposals requiring significant access to and supply of these resources may face additional costs associated with provision of these services. 

Successful proponents will be expected to actively commit to water and energy conservation with customers and ensure staff awareness of these issues through appropriate training.

Waste Minimisation

Effective waste management policies on Rottnest Island are critical to the future of the Island as a holiday destination and A-Class reserve.

Business proposals should seek to minimise the amount of waste produced during their operations. Proposals should consider waste removal from the Island wherever possible.

Important Notices and Disclaimers

  1. This is not an offer and nothing in this document creates a contractual or other legal obligation by the RIA to any proponent.  All proponents are strongly urged to seek professional advice and to make their own prudent commercial enquiries before proceeding. The RIA reserves the right not to accept submissions for business proposals, which are not aligned with the RIMP or any other reason.
  2. Once an operation start date has been agreed with a proponent, and they fail to commence by that date without reasonable grounds, the RIA reserves the right to withdraw the approval with immediate notice.