Rottnest unveils a stunning new jewel in its crown

A spectacular new sculpture to welcome visitors to Rottnest Island (Wadjemup) has been opened as the Island prepares to deliver an even better experience for visitors this summer.

The nine-metre-high sculpture, depicting a Noongar warrior and breaching whale, puts the finishing touch to a range of improvements and upgrades to embrace the Island’s cultural heritage and ensure the long-term sustainability of WA’s beloved tourist destination.

Tourism Minister David Templeman and Federal Member for Stirling Vince Connelly MP, representing the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, unveiled the $350,000 artwork which is part of a joint investment by the State and Commonwealth Governments.

Called Koora-Yeye-Boordawan-Kalyakoorl (Past-Present-Future-Forever), the sculpture has been constructed in limestone, concrete and aluminium, and creates a powerful statement at the end of the main ferry jetty.

The sculpture is the work of Western Australian artists Sharyn Egan and Jahne Rees who have worked on the installation since April, with significant input from the Whadjuk Noongar community.

Two other significant Island projects were also opened as part of a $17.2 million investment from the Commonwealth’s National Tourism Icons Program:

  • A $4.5 million revitalisation of the Settlement Mall improving accessibility and providing family-friendly amenities, and 
  • $2.2 million in new comforts at the Island's premier swimming spot, The Basin, including new seating, shade shelters, barbecues and beach showers.

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Rottnest Island’s striking new welcome statement. Entitled Koora-Yeye-Boordawan-Kalyakoorl (Past-Present-Future-Forever), the artwork celebrates the Island’s rich Noongar heritage and importance as a national tourist icon.

WA artists Jahne Rees and Sharyn Egan at the base of the sculpture.