Scheduled Works & Service Improvements

Works and service improvements are conducted periodically across Rottnest Island.

A range of projects are also 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 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: 1 March 2024

  • Planned Outages

    Telstra Peacock Hill Phase 2 Works – Microwave Radio Upgrade

    Location: Peacock Hill – Telstra Exchange and Tower
    Commencing: 5 February 2024
    Completion: 15 March 2024

    Description:

    Phase 2 of upgrades to the Telstra network from 3G to a minimum of 4G, prior to closure of the 3G network (June 2024). Work and equipment areas will be fenced off to the public for the duration of the works.

    Outages to mobile services (cut over sector by sector, to reduce user impact) between 11 pm Wednesday 28 February and 5 am Thursday 29 February 2024.

    Outages to mobile services (additional intermittent sector-by-sector) between 11 pm Tuesday 5 March and 5 am Wednesday 6 March 2024.

    Outages to land-based services (each service cut for a short period of time, service by service) between 12.01 am and 6 am Wednesday 6 March 2024.

    Outages to land-based services (approximately 30 minutes in this timeframe, impacting landlines including payphones) between 11:59 pm Wednesday 6 March and 4 am Thursday 7 March 2024.

  • Main Jetty – Geophysical and Geotechnical Investigation | February 2024

    Location: Main Jetty
    Commencing: 27 February 2024
    Completion: 6 March 2024

    Description:

    A geophysical investigation will be carried out to map areas of potential subsurface voiding on Main Jetty. Works will be conducted with minimum disruption to pedestrians. Some works will be conducted during the evening.

  • Electrical Infrastructure Upgrade – Installation of Digby Drive HV/LV Kiosk | January - February 2024

    Location: Adjacent Digby Drive Toilets at southern end of Mall
    Commencing: 25 January 2024
    Completion: 29 February 2024

    Description:

    Existing electrical infrastructure requires replacing, additional load demands are required for the Lodge redevelopment. Work areas will be fenced off to the public. Temporary power will be supplied to the Maley Street precinct during the power changeover.

  • Electricity Meter Installation Program | October 2023

    Location:

    - Caroline Thomson wastewater pumping station
    - North Thomson wastewater pumping station No 6
    - Parker Point Road wastewater pumping station DB
    - Longreach wastewater pumping station DB
    - Festive DB, Bedford Avenue

    Commencing: 23 October 2023
    Completion: TBC

    Description:

    Upgrade to meet metering compliance requirements. 

  • Mini Golf Park – Pump House Removal | April 2024

    Location:Western end of mini golf park area
    Commencing: Mid-April 2024
    Completion: End April 2024

    Description:

    Install new pedestal mounted pump control station with meter panel.

  • Hire Desalination Plant | October 2023 - March 2024

    Location: Desalination Plant, near Geordie Bay
    Commencing: 27 October 2023
    Completion: March 2024

    Description:

    Delivery and installation of a hire desalination train and the desalination plant.

  • Airport Terminal Upgrade | January - March 2024

    Location: Rottnest Island Airport, Brand Way
    Commencing: 15 January 2024
    Completion: Early March 2024

    Description:

    Upgrade of airport terminal building to include internal refurbishment and new dome shelter/sea container installation to create additional area.

  • Electrical Infrastructure Upgrade – Installation of Lodge Kiosk HV/LV | November 2023 - March 2024

    Location: Corner of Boreham and Digby Drive, and the vacant area on the western side of Digby Drive toilets
    Commencing: 25 November 2023
    Completion: 29 March 2024

    Description:

    Existing electrical infrastructure is aging and requires replacing. Work areas will be fenced off to the public.

  • Electrical Infrastructure Upgrade – Installation of Parker Point Rd HV/LV Kiosks | September 2023 - March 2024

    Location: Parker Point substation area, Parker Point Road
    Commencing: 18 September 2023
    Completion: 29 March 2024

    Description:

    Upgrading power supply to Parker Point area and replacing substation.

  • Ablution Facilitates Upgrade Program | June 2023 - June 2024

    Location: Longreach Bay, Digby Drive.
    Completion: June 2023 to June 2024

    Description:


    Rottnest Island Authority are in progress of implementing an Ablution Facilities Upgrade Program around the island. All ablution facilities are scheduled to be upgraded over the coming years as part of Rottnest Island Authority’s capital works program.

    Longreach Bay ablutions are proposed to be upgraded with the following:

    -New disabled toilet facilities
    -New light fittings
    -Upgraded changeroom facilities
    -New fixtures and fittings throughout
    -Upgrade of existing building with new finishes to wall, floor and ceiling
    -Improvements to entrance and definition to pathways to entrances
    -Shade shelters, bike racks and bin enclosures

    Construction works are scheduled to be completed by December 2023.

    Digby Drive ablutions are proposed to be upgraded with the following:

    -New disabled toilet facilities
    -New family room with baby change facilities and feeding room
    -New fixtures and fittings throughout
    -Upgrade of existing building with new finishes to wall, floor and ceiling
    -Improvements to entrance and definition to pathways to entrances
    -Shade shelters, bike racks and bin enclosures
    -Improvements to entrance and definition to pathways to entrances

    Construction works are scheduled to be completed by June 2024.

  • The Lodge Wadjemup Redevelopment | June 2023 to late-2024

    Location: The Lodge, Boreham Way. Surrounding streets Digby Drive and Kitson Street.
    Commencing: 5 June 2023
    Completion:
    late-2024

    Description:

    Work on The Lodge site will recommence until mid-2024. Boreham Way closed – access to contractors only. Traffic route increase along Digby Drive, Brand Way, Parker Point Road, and aerodrome site. Noise expected during site works and demolition. Public access remains open on Kitson Street, Digby Drive and Garden Lake for the remainder of 2023. Some minor impacts on services may occur.