Island Gateway

The Island Gateway project incorporates upgrades within the main arrival and departure point of Rottnest Island including the Settlement Mall, Wadjemup Museum and surrounds.

The Island Gateway project is now in its second phase which includes making the Settlement mall an even more pedestrian-friendly place and improving services and family-friendly amenities in the surrounding areas.

Project description

The Rottnest Island Management Plan (RIMP) 2020-24 identifies the enhancement of the overall visitor experience as a key initiative. The project will encompass enhanced pedestrian access and traffic management, upgrades to signage within the visitor arrival area, and upgrades to the Settlement Mall, playground and surrounding public realm.

The first phase of the project was completed in December 2020 and included the refurbishment of the Wadjemup Museum to provide new cultural and heritage displays, collections and immersive experiences, as well as an upgrade of the Museum gardens. Learn more about the Wadjemup Museum here.

The second phase of the project involves activating the full extent of the mall, and infrastructure and amenity upgrades to reduce congestion and make the mall and surrounding areas an even greener, more enjoyable, pedestrian-friendly part of the Island. 

All businesses will remain open during the works with access via a safe pedestrian walkway.

Project key features

Key features of this project may include:

  • Upgrades to mall infrastructure, including improvements to underground water and electrical services
  • New landscaping including a new grassed area and shrubbery
  • Installation of additional shelter and shade elements
  • Improved play equipment
  • New furniture – tables, seating and bike racks
  • Improved signage in the area

Estimated project completion

Phase 1:  Museum Refurbishment > Complete
Current Phase: September 2021

View current impacts of the works here.

Learn more about the impacts of the works in our FAQ here. 

Location & alternate access routes

Map of phase two works to Settlement Mall, including pedestrian walkways.

Island Gateway Project Access Map

Map of night works and after-hours alternative access routes to the Settlement Mall from 30 August. 

Island Gateway Project After Hours Access Map

Indicative designs of Settlement Mall and Heritage Common upgrades

Island Gateway Project

Island Gateway Project

Artist impression of Settlement Mall upgrades

Island Gateway Project

Island Gateway Project

Related documents

Download the Island Gateway Design Vision (PDF 9.5MB)


This project has been made possible by funding from the Australian Government and the State Government of Western Australia.

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