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: 3 August 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.

  • The Basin Landscape Upgrade | July to September



    Location: The Basin
    Commencing: July 2021
    Completion: September 2021

    Description:

    Landscape upgrade works at The Basin include the construction of new shelters, barbecue facilities, a nature playspace and an ablution building. Access to the beach will be maintained throughout and temporary toilet facilities are located south of the construction site. Cyclists are asked to dismount bikes while moving past the construction site.


  • T Jetty Refurbishment | July to August



    Location: T Jetty (north side of the Main Jetty)
    Commencing: July 2021
    Completion: August 2021

    Description:

    T Jetty on the north side of the Main Jetty will be closed for refurbishment from Monday 19 July. Works will include sandblasting and painting of rusted steel members and piles, pile wrapping and installation of cathodic protection to extend the life of the structure. Some minor repairs to the concrete abutment, timber decking and ladders will also be carried out. Sandblasting and environmental controls will be in place.

    Vessels will not be able to access the T Jetty during the works. Warning signage and a boat exclusion zone will be in place and skippers are asked to maintain a safe distance when transiting the area.

  • West End Redevelopment Stage 2 | July to August



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

    Description:

    Access to the West End will be restricted from July to August 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.

  • Bathurst Lighthouse Maintenance & Conservation Works | May to August



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



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

  • Wadjemup Lighthouse Maintenance & Conservation Works | October to September



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

    Description:

    Wadjemup Lighthouse is currently closed for maintenance and repairs.

  • 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.

  • Stark Jetty Refurbishment | June to August



    Location: Stark Jetty
    Commencing: June 2021
    Completion: August 2021

    Description:

    Stark Jetty is currently closed for repairs.

  • Forge Wall Restoration | May to August



    Location: Stark Bay and Settlement Mall
    Commencing: May 2021
    Completion: August 2021

    Description: 

    Heritage investigation and restoration works to the old Forge Wall, located between the Mezzanine and Mall area will take place. Construction fencing will be in place around the site.

  • The Basin Power Supply Upgrade | July to September


    Location: Kingsway & The Basin
    Commencing: July 2021
    Completion: September 2021

    Description: 

    These works include the installation of a new main power supply to The Basin area. The construction area will be fenced with traffic management in place. Pedestrians and cyclists are asked to take care when approaching works and move safely around the area.

  • New Road Signage & Line Marking | August



    Location: Geordie Bay, Longreach Bay, Main Settlement & Kingstown
    Commencing: August 2021
    Completion: August 2021

    Description: 

    Main Roads WA will be installing new road signs and line marking. Pedestrians and cyclists are asked to take care when approaching roadworks.

  • Thomson Bay Beach Shelter Column Replacement | June to September



    Location: North Thomson Bay Beach Shelters
    Commencing: June 2021
    Completion: September 2021

    Description:

    Works include the replacement of existing columns on the two beach shelters to maintain the long term integrity of the structures. Both beach shelters will be fenced and not accessible during the works.

  • Main Jetty Anode Replacement | August to September



    Location: Main Jetty (berths 1, 2 and 3)
    Commencing: August 2021
    Completion: September 2021

    Description:

    Works on the Main Jetty include the replacement of anodes attached to the steel pile sheet wall on the south side of the jetty, across berths 1, 2 and 3. Underwater works will take place in safe periods between ferry movements to ensure no disruption to the ferry timetables. Pedestrian and cargo activity will continue as normal on the Main Jetty as works are carried out from the contractor's marine barge vessel.

    Mariners are asked to maintain a safe distance and exercise caution when transiting the area.

  • Kingstown Water Network Upgrade | July to September



    Location: Kingstown Precinct
    Commencing: July 2021
    Completion: mid-September 2021

    Description: 

    Upgrade works of the water network in the Kingstown prescient include the installation of a new fire main, potable water main and connection to the existing building plumbing. Equipment and vehicles will be present in this location during the works. Pedestrians and cyclists are asked to take care when approaching and move safely around the area.

  • Heritage Common Lawn Seeding | August to September



    Location: Heritage Common Lawn Area
    Commencing: August 2021
    Completion: mid-September 2021

    Description: 

    The Heritage Common lawn area will be fenced for seeding during August and September. Visitors will be unable to access the grassed area while the works are being completed.