Scheduled Works & Service Improvements

Works and service improvements are conducted periodically across Rottnest Island. 

A range of projects are currently underway to refresh and revitalise Rottnest Island facilities. These works aim to enhance the visitor experience and to preserve the Island long term. 

Please refer to this list for updates on planned works taking place and how they may impact your visit.

For further information on planning your visit to the Island, visit rottnestisland.com

Last reviewed: 24 May 2021


  • Island Gateway Phase 2 | May to September



    Location: Settlement Mall, Heritage Common and surrounding areas
    Commencing: May 2021
    Completion: September 2021

    Description:

    The Island Gateway project (Phase 2) will deliver infrastructure upgrades to the main mall, make visiting the area even more enjoyable with better amenity, and improve congestion issues by activating the full extent of the mall and surrounding area.

    The works will include repaving, installing new furniture like bike racks, tables, seating and shade.

    While the immediate construction area will be closed off, all businesses will remain open with modified access via safe pedestrian walkways, for shoppers and visitors from May to September 2021.

    Visitors will notice some noise, dust and additional traffic movements from time to time, though we will be working hard to minimise the impact of those on our residents, businesses and visitors. There is also potential for some night-time disruptions to power and water services and, if these are required, there will be advance notice to businesses and guests.

    Read more about the Island Gateway project here and find answers to frequently asked questions here.

  • Bathurst Lighthouse Maintenance & Conservation Works | May to July



    Location: Bathurst Lighthouse
    Commencing: May 2021
    Completion: July 2021

    Description:

    Bathurst Lighthouse is closed for remedial conservation and maintenance works that will maintain and preserve the heritage value and longevity of the lighthouse.

  • Battery Observation Post Remedial Works | May to July



    Location: Battery Observation Post at Wadjemup Hill
    Commencing: May 2021
    Completion: July 2021

    Description:

    Works at the Battery Observation Post at Wadjemup Hill will improve the integrity of the building and overall appearance. Temporary fencing will be in place around the site for the duration of the works.

  • Replacement of streetlight poles | May to June



    Location: Various Locations
    Commencing: May 2021
    Completion: June 2021

    Description:

    Works include the replacement of 10 streetlight poles to improve lighting in various locations. A short duration local isolation of the electrical supply, excavation works and machinery may be at each location. Temporary fencing will potentially be in place around each work site as required.

  • West End Redevelopment Stage 2 | June to July



    Location: West End
    Commencing: June 2021
    Completion: July 2021

    Description:

    Access to the West End will be restricted from June to July 2021 to support Stage 2 of the West End redevelopment. These works include the construction of a transport hub, new bus turnaround area, shelters, seating and landscaping. These works will improve the facilities in the area and provide an enhanced visitor experience with the inclusion of heritage and environmental interpretation, a bus stop prescient and connect the Wadjemup Bidi series of walking trails.

    Stage 1 construction of permanent public toilets was completed in November 2020.

    Read more about this and other National Tourism Icons projects here.

  • Wadjemup Lighthouse Maintenance & Conservation Works | October to July



    Location: Wadjemup Lighthouse 
    Commencing: October 2020
    Completion: July 2021

    Description:

    Wadjemup Lighthouse is currently closed for maintenance and repairs.

  • South Thomson Accommodation Upgrade| May to June



    Location: Units 212 to 221, Rottnest Island Authority Accommodation, South Thomson
    Commencing: May 2021
    Completion: Early June 2021

    Description:

    Selected Rottnest Island Authority accommodation units in South Thomson will receive upgrades of courtyards. A partial road closures of McCallum Avenue and Vlamingh Way will be in place.

    Visitors may also experience noise from the construction. Fencing and signage will be in place to assist visitors.

  • Stark Memorial Relocation | April to July



    Location: Stark Bay and Island Gateway Area
    Commencing: Late April 2021
    Completion: Late July 2021

    Description:

    Stark Memorial will be relocated from it’s current location in front of the Salt Store to its namesake Bay. Fencing will be in place for the construction site but there will be minimal impact for pedestrians.

  • Wadjemup Hill Electrical Works | June



    Location: Wadjemup Hill
    Commencing: June 2021
    Completion: June 2021

    Description:

    Electrical upgrade works are planned for Wadjemup Hill in June 2021. The works will have an impact on the surrounding area including construction fencing and noise associated with the works.

    Access to Wadjemup Hill will be closed whilst these works are being completed.

  • Airport Runway and Terminal Electrical Works | April to June



    Location: Airport runway and Airport terminal building
    Commencing: March 2021
    Completion: June 2021

    Description:

    Maintenance works will take place at the Rottnest Island airport between March and June 2021. The airport will remain operational during this time.

  • Digby Drive Water Mains Upgrades | May to June



    Location: Digby Drive (Water Pump Station adjacent to the intersection with Boreham Way)
    Commencing: Early May 2021
    Completion: June 2021

    Description: 

    Upgrades are scheduled for the water infrastructure at the Digby Drive Water Pump Station. There may be disruption to vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists on Digby Drive.

  • Main Roads WA Drainage Upgrades | May



    Location: The Settlement and Geordie Bay
    Commencing: May 2021
    Completion: To be advised

    Description: 

    Installation of a number of soak wells and strip drains in North Thomson and Geordie Bay. Impacts include presence of equipment and vehicles on the roads in this location during the work.

  • Karma Rottnest Sewer Connection Upgrade | April to May



    Location: Kitson Road
    Commencing: April 2021
    Completion: To be advised

    Description: 

    Upgrade of sewer connection to Karma Rottnest. Works include excavation and increased vehicle activity in the area.