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: 21 September 2021


  • Island Gateway Phase 2 | May to October



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

    Most works are scheduled to start at 7am each day and finish by 5pm. Additional nightworks will take place in the Settlement Mall on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 September between 6pm and 4am. Works on Kitson Street will be completed between 6pm and 5am on Sunday 19 September, and between 4:30pm and 5am from Monday 20 through Thursday 23 September.

    The mall and surrounds will begin progressively reopening for public access between the 24th September through to mid October 2021.

    Access will be maintained for visitors travelling around the mall after-hours via the path east of the Seawall, with additional lighting in place along Boreham Way for pedestrian and bicycle access around the construction site. Guests dining at Frankie’s on Rotto for dinner can access the restaurant via the path north of Sommerville Drive until closing time each night. After-hours emergency and access for local business staff will be maintained as required.

    View the map of night works and after-hours alternative access routes to the Settlement Mall here.

    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 guests.

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

  • The Basin Landscape Upgrade | July to October



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



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

    Description:

    T Jetty located on the north side of the Main Jetty is currently closed for refurbishment. 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.

  • Bathurst Lighthouse Maintenance & Conservation Works | May to September



    Location: Bathurst Lighthouse
    Commencing: May 2021
    Completion: September 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 November



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

  • Flow Balance Tank (FBT) Bypass Tank System | September to December



    Location: Wastewater Treatment Plant
    Commencing: September 2021
    Completion: December 2021

    Description:
    Works will be confined to within the WWTP boundary with minimal or no interface with the public. Pedestrian traffic only around the entrance of WWTP. Construction noise anticipated and possible traffic movements between site and the barge landing when the bypass tanks and associated equipment/plants are conveyed.

  • Lomas Cottage Pillar Reconstruction | September



    Location: Lomas Cottage - Heritage Common
    Commencing: September 2021
    Completion: September 2021

    Description:
    Lomas Cottage will be closed to the public due to reconstruction work from 20 September and will reopen the morning of 25 September.

  • Wadjemup Lighthouse Maintenance & Conservation Works | October to October



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

    Description:
    Wadjemup Lighthouse is closed for maintenance and repairs. The current maintenance and conservation works will be carried out daily, 7 days a week between 6:30am and 6pm and is expected to be completed mid-October 2021.

  • Stark Memorial Relocation | May to August



    Location: Stark Bay and Island Gateway Area
    Commencing: May 2021
    Completion: August 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 September



    Location: Stark Jetty
    Commencing: June 2021
    Completion: late September 2021

    Description:

    Stark Jetty is currently closed for repairs. Construction noise and interruptions to be anticipated during the works between Monday 20 September and 24 September. Access to the swimming zone and boating near Stark Jetty will be closed to the public during this period.

  • Forge Wall Restoration | May to September



    Location: Stark Bay and Settlement Mall
    Commencing: May 2021
    Completion: September 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 October


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



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

  • Salmon Bay Stairs Closure | August



    Location: Salmon Bay Stairs
    Commencing: August 2021
    Completion: TBA

    Description: 

    The stairs at Salmon Bay are currently closed for maintenance and repairs. Visitors are asked to follow the detour signage in place. The beach can be accessed using the stairs at Fairbridge Bluff only.

  • Pinky Beach Closure | August to September



    Location: Pinky Beach Closure
    Commencing: August 2021
    Completion: September 2021

    Description: 

    Access to Pinky Beach is currently unavailable due to the installation of two beach staircases. Visitors are asked to maintain a safe distance around the construction areas and follow the signage in place.

  • Road Repairs | August



    Location: The Causeway & Digby Drive
    Commencing: August 2021
    Completion: August 2021

    Description: 

    Due to storm damage, urgent works will be taking place to complete repairs across the Causeway and Digby Drive.

    The Causeway is closed at the intersection Geordie Bay Road and Digby Drive, from Thursday 19 August to Monday 23 August to all vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists until the repairs are complete. Vehicles will need to detour and use alternate routes along Parker Point Road, Bovell Highway and Defence Road.

    Traffic management will be in place on Digby Drive Road (Rocky Bay) from Monday 23 August until completion of the repairs, with vehicle movement restricted to one lane.

    Pedestrians and cyclists are asked to take care when approaching roadworks, follow all signage and move safely around the areas.

  • North Thomson Residence Upgrade| August to October



    Location: Units 418 & 420, Kelly Street, North Thomson
    Commencing: August 2021
    Completion: October 2021

    Description:

    This project includes the interior and exterior renovation of two residential houses, units 418 and 420 on Kelly Street in North Thomson. Visitors in the area may experience noise from the construction, on weekdays during business hours only.