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 Rottnest Island Management Plan (RIMP) 2020-24 identifies transport management, visitor-related demand management and cultural heritage as key initiatives. Oliver Hill is located close to the centre of Rottnest Island and is a nationally significant defence heritage site. Visitors can enjoy a guided tour of military remnants from World War II including a maze of underground tunnels. The Island’s 64-seat train “Captain Hussey” provides a unique transport option to the hill. A new transport hub will cater to anticipated increased visitor numbers to Oliver Hill, complementing the existing train service. Visitors will have the opportunity to switch their mode of transport between tourist train and bus services to complete their tour of Oliver Hill and then catch a bus to the connecting Wadjemup Hill bus stop.
Project key features
Key elements of the project may include:
- A new transport hub and turnaround area,
- Increased seating and picnic tables as well as anchor points for the installation of temporary marquees for events,
- Refurbished ablutions facilities, and
- Interpretation and curational elements including new signage and new lookouts that will take advantage of the exceptional 360-degree views from the top of the hill.
Estimated Project Completion
This project has been made possible by funding from the Australian Government and the State Government of Western Australia.