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 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: 16 May 2022


  • Main Jetty Works Program | May to November



    Location: Main Jetty
    Commencing: May 2022
    Completion: Late November 2022

    Description:


    As the main gateway to Rottnest Island, the Main Jetty will undergo a significant upgrade from May 2022 until late November 2022.

    The open pile structure that forms Berths 4 and 5 is reaching the end of its design life and will be demolished and reconstructed this year to provide up to 50 more years of service to the Island.

    The new concrete deck area will be 5m longer and almost 5m wider to match the end of Berth 3. The additional length will allow for safe clearances for future ferry berthing and the extra width eases congestion in peak times on the Jetty. The new Jetty will consist of reinforced concrete panels supported on steel piles, similar to the existing Jetty. A sheet pile wave screen will also be installed on Berth 5 to provide better operability on Berth 4 during strong northerly winds. 

    There are a number of accommodation units in North Thomson that face the Main Jetty and may be impacted by this project. These units have been sold to overnight guests who will be advised of the works ahead of their arrival when further details of the project schedule are known. 

    Rottnest Island Authority (RIA) has contracted Geomarine Pty Ltd to undertake the project which has been made possible by funds from the State Funded capital program for marine infrastructure on Rottnest Island.

  • South Thomson Sea Wall Project | April to July



    Location: South Thomson Sea Wall
    Commencing: April 2022
    Completion: July 2022

    Description:

    In South Thomson Bay, a rock revetment seawall will be constructed between April and July 2022 to mitigate the effects of coastal erosion. As accommodation in South Thomson is offline for refurbishment (see South Thomson accommodation project below), there will be no accommodated guests in this area impacted during construction.

  • Temporary Ngank Yira Bidi Realignment (South Thomson) |  April to July



    Location: South Thomson, McCallum Avenue, Parker Point Road, Army Jetty Road.
    Commencing: April 2022
    Completion: July 2022

    Description:

    Due to the South Thomson sea wall construction project and the associated closure of the beach area, parts of the Ngank Yira Bidi trail will be temporarily closed to the public. Detour signage will be in place from South Thomson, McCallum Avenue, Parker Point Road and Army Jetty Road where it then reconnects to the beachfront cycle path to kingstown.

  • Wastewater System | March to September



    Location: North Thomson
    Commencing: March 2022
    Completion: September 2022

    Description:

    Parts of the island’s wastewater system date back over 40 years and need significant upgrade to meet contemporary demand. Between March and June 2022, works will be undertaken on the primary sewer pump station on North Thomson beach to upgrade the pump station and in August and September to install emergency storage tanks. Four RIA accommodation units in North Thomson will be occupied by contractors during this period.

  • Water Mains Upgrade | June to September



    Location: Longreach and Fay's Bay
    Commencing: mid-June 2022
    Completion: September 2022

    Description:

    Works are anticipated to commence in Longreach and Fay’s Bays to upgrade water mains from mid-June 2022 and continue through to September 2022.  52 Rottnest Island Authority accommodation units in this area will be closed to guests during this period.  51 accommodation units in Geordie Bay will remain open and occupied by contractors and guests. 

  • South Thomson Accommodation | May to September



    Location: South Thomson
    Commencing: May 2022
    Completion: September 2022

    Description:

    Works are anticipated to commence in South Thomson to refurbish accommodation units from early-May 2022 to September 2022. 48 units of Rottnest Island Authority accommodation in this area will be closed to guests during this period, though some units will be occupied by contractors.

  • Roadworks | February to May



    Location: Parker Point Road - South Thomson, Parker Point Road - Six Seasons Shelter, Longreach Asphalt Patching.
    Commencing:  February 2022
    Completion: May 2022

    Description:

    During the Parker Point Road shoulder repairs expect traffic restrictions and reduced lane width. Traffic will be under management through these sections. Reduced speed requirements will be implemented along Parker Point Road – South Thomson and at the Six Seasons Shelter. Possible short delays when passing construction sites.

  • Geotechnical Investigations | April



    Location: Tubine Road, Water Storage Tanks 4 & 5, Islander Road, Longreach Bay
    Commencing: April 4
    Completion: April 8

    Description:

    Access to the Longreach Bay cycle path will be limited due to placement of excavator, pedestrian traffic to be managed to facilitate safe passage. Works in this area to start after 10am.

  • Visitor Centre Ablutions Expansion Works | March to July



    Location: Rear of the Visitor Centre
    Commencing: March 2022
    Completion: July 2022

    Description:

    The Visitor Centre toilets will be closed for upgrade works to improve the amenity and number of toilets available at the facilities.

    The nearest alternative toilet facilities are:

    -opposite the Wadjemup Museum on Digby Drive,
    -opposite the main Bus Stop on Henderson Avenue, and
    -south of Dome Café on Colebatch Avenue.

  • Oliver Hill Battery Remedial Works | February to May



    Location: Oliver Hill 
    Commencing: March 8
    Completion: May 30

    Description:

    The Oliver Hill Battery complex will be closed for important repairs and remediation works to address corrosion and concrete delamination issues. No tours at the complex will be available during this period.