National Tourism Icons
On 9 April 2019, the Federal Tourism Minister, announced an investment of $17.2 million for vital infrastructure upgrades to help enhance the visitor experience, embrace cultural heritage and ensure the long-term sustainability of Rottnest Island. This will complement the State Government’s investment of $16.2 million in marine infrastructure. Both programs will position the Island to meet the needs of increasing visitation.
This project has been made possible by funding from the Australian Government and the State Government of Western Australia.
City of York Bay
Protected from prevailing winds with a 300m long sandy beach and shallow waters, City of York Bay offers a highly desirable location for a satellite campground along the recently developed Wadjemup Bidi walk trail.
National Tourism Icons funding will be used to enhance the existing visitor infrastructure at Oliver Hill and to further reveal to visitors the cultural and built heritage features of this nationally significant defence heritage site.
The West End will be enhanced in keeping with its significance as a place for reflection, appreciation of the wonder of nature and a place of acknowledgement for the continuing rich culture of Australia’s First Nation communities.
Revitalisation of the Wadjemup Hill Lighthouse precinct includes improved transport management and upgrades to visitor facilities to further reveal the outstanding natural and built heritage features of the hill.
Enhanced directional and informational signage that is pedestrian and cyclist friendly will assist to orientate and direct visitors as they explore Island destinations.
The Island Gateway project incorporates upgrades within the main arrival and departure point of Rottnest Island including the Main Jetty, and more specifically refurbishment of the Island Museum.
The Basin is a premier destination on Rottnest Island and redevelopment will improve visitor amenity to better accommodate the already high and ever-increasing levels of visitation.
South Thomson Accommodation
Enhancement of visitor accommodation on the Island is a key priority of the Rottnest Island Management Plan RIMP 2020-24. The first stage of works will see the internal refurbishment of accommodation units in South Thomson.