"Rottnest holds a very special place in the hearts of many Western Australians. We owe it to them and to future generations to conserve and enhance its natural environment and cultural assets."

Janet Holmes a Court AC, Patron


Rottnest Island is rich in biodiversity, breathtaking naturescapes and layers of cultural history. It is as equally magnificent, as it is vulnerable, which is why it needs our help!

Rottnest Foundation

ROTTNEST - OCT 2015 093The Rottnest Foundation was formed to allow anyone who loves Rottnest Island an opportunity to get involved in its conservation, to ensure it is maintained to be enjoyed by generations for years to come.

ROTTNEST - OCT 2015 082Our purpose is to raise public awareness of the fragile cultural and environmental attributes that make Rottnest special and raise much needed community funding for Island restoration projects.

Geordie BayThe Island’s co-existence as an environmental treasure and tourism asset places extreme pressure on the Island’s capacity to be managed sustainably.

ROTTNEST - OCT 2015 068 Over the years, the hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Island, combined with the ravages of time are impacting on its fragile environment.

ROTTNEST - OCT 2015 298It is our collective duty to participate in the sustainable management of the Island and contribute to ensuring that the qualities that make the Island unique, exists for future generations to enjoy.

We invite your support in helping us ‘Conserve the essence of Rottnest’!

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Only a short 30 minute ferry ride from Perth lies Western Australia’s treasured iconic retreat. Affectionately called ‘Rotto’, the Island attracts around 530,000 visitors annually who are drawn to the Island’s casual atmosphere, picturesque scenery, abundance of flora and fauna and some of the world’s finest beaches and pristine bays. It also boasts one of the largest groups of old colonial buildings in Australia, including the oldest ‘in-tact’ colonial streetscape, still available for accommodation today!

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Rottnest is the place where people come to unwind, reconnect with nature, immerse themselves in WA’s history and spend quality time with family and friends.

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It is a truly unique place and to ensure its cultural charm and natural beauty are maintained, responsible management and community support is important.

Give something back to the Island we all love and enjoy!


“Nature has spared nothing to render this Isle delightful above all I have ever seen”

Willem De Vlamingh- Dutch Explorer, 1696

Get Involved

Make a real difference to the future of our iconic Island and help preserve it for present and future generations to enjoy!

Support the Rottnest Foundation


Become a Member

Members have an opportunity to participate in our tree planting days and get involved in various environmental conservation opportunities that arise on Rottnest Island. If you would like to become a member of the Rottnest Foundation, please join online or  download-print-and-complete-our-membership-form and post to the Foundation.


Make a Donation

Donations made to the Foundation support our current Rottnest projects. All donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.  Donations can be made via our secure online credit card facility, via posted cheque or money order.


Become a Corporate Sponsor

Sponsor opportunities exist for corporates to become partners in delivering our current projects. Sponsorship commitment levels vary and therefore benefit packages are tailored to suit corporations’ marketing strategies, programs, budget and objectives.


Purchase Rottnest Foundation Merchandise!

Buy purchasing Rottnest Foundation merchandise you are helping to raise much needed funds for cultural, heritage and environmental projects on Rottnest Island.

All of our merchandise has the Rottnest Foundation logo featured on it.

To purchase merchandise, please download and complete the Rottnest Foundation Merchandise Order Form. Please note:  Merchandise will be posted to your stated address, unless you would prefer to collect it. Please call (08) 9448 8150 to arrange collection. Thank you for your support!

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Contribute Gifts In-kind or Pro-bono Services

Donating goods & services is an invaluable way businesses can support the Rottnest Foundation to help offset our fundraising, operating & marketing costs.


Participate in Workplace or Matched Giving

Workplace Giving provides an opportunity for employers and employees to contribute to Rottnest Foundation projects that they are passionate about. I.e. Employees can choose to donate money to our Foundation pre-tax. For every $1 that an employee donates; the employer may choose to match the donation.


Leave a Bequest

The Rottnest Foundation accepts bequests; please visit our bequests page for further information.

Current Projects

The Rottnest Foundation works in partnership with the Rottnest Island Authority in the delivery of major  projects that  ‘Conserve the essence of Rottnest’.

Wadjemup Bidi

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The Wadjemup Bidi project consists of a 45 km network of trails that will facilitate public access and connection to the Island’s rich natural features, abundant wildlife & unique cultural heritage whilst also providing a strategy to minimise the pressures of tourism on the natural environment.


To date the Rottnest Foundation has contributed $1,149,312.91 towards the implementation of this project.

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Interpretation will foster appreciation of the cultural significance, multiple histories and environmental dynamics of Rottnest and encourage visitors to better understand, protect and respect the Island.


Community and volunteer groups will play a fundamental role in the implementation of the trail.

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This amazing recreational experience is set to be completed by the year 2018 (subject to acquiring the necessary funding to implement the project).

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Wadjemup Aboriginal Burial Ground Conservation Project

Rottnest Island was used as an Aboriginal prison between 1838 and 1903, closing its doors in 1904.


It is recorded that over 370 Aboriginal men imprisoned during this period, died on Rottnest Island and are buried at the site known as the Wadjemup Aboriginal Burial Ground, which is the largest deaths in custody gravesite in this country and the largest known burial ground of Aboriginal people.

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The conservation & acknowledgement of the Wadjemup Aboriginal Burial Ground is an important step in aiding in the healing process of the Western Australian Aboriginal people and delivering a significant message of reconciliation from the State.


To date the Rottnest Foundation has raised $520,440 to contribute to the conservation of this site, however further funding is still required and we are appealing to the community to get behind this significant reconciliation project for WA.

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 “Through interpretation – understanding, through understanding – appreciation, through appreciation – protection.”

Tilden 1957

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Geordie’s Café & Art Gallery raised $1538.80 for the Rottnest Foundation

Geordie’s Café & Art Gallery located on Rottnest Island hold an annual ‘Clean out the Coolroom Dinner’ prior to closing for winter, where all proceeds are kindly donated to a charity. This year the Café’s owner Samantha Howe chose the Rottnest Foundation as the charity and the event was a roaring success with $1538.80 being raised on the night. The dinner was held on Sunday 16 July 2017 and participants really loved the idea that the money raised was being donated to the Rottnest Foundation to help conserve the Island’s natural, cultural...

Rottnest Fast Ferries 25% Discount for Members

Rottnest Fast Ferries continue to support the Rottnest Foundation by providing a 25% discount to our members. This discount is valid for Adult & Child (4-12) tickets for day and extended return ferry trips leaving and returning to Hillarys Boat Harbour. The Rottnest Foundation would like to thank Rottnest Fast Ferries for their support of the Rottnest Foundation and our work in ‘Conserving the Essence of Rottnest’. If you are a Rottnest Foundation Member, please contact the Executive Officer, Pauline McMullan, info@rottnestfoundation.org.au to receive the discount code for booking...

Unique Rottnest Island Fire Pit – Discount for Members

Jenny Oldham from ‘Unique Feature Fire Pits’ will kindly donate part proceeds from sales of Rottnest Fire Pits to the Rottnest Foundation to support our Island projects. Jenny is also offering Rottnest Foundation members a 10% discount for the first 25 orders placed. Contact info@rottnestfoundation.org.au to receive the Rottnest Foundation members checkout discount code. Fire pits come in 2 colours, Rust & High Temperature Black Paint. Dimensions are 60cmw, 60cmd and 75cmh. The fire pits are made from 6mm thick steel and come equipped with a poker and a...

Wadjemup Aboriginal Reference Group – Second Meeting – 28 May 2017

The Rottnest Island Authority (RIA) has recently appointed a Wadjemup Aboriginal Reference Group (WARG) who will be actively engaged with Aboriginal Heritage projects on Rottnest Island and will play an important role in providing cultural advice and guidance for the appropriate conservation of the Wadjemup Aboriginal Burial Ground. The WARG’s inaugural meeting was held on Thursday 10th March 2017. The WARG’s second meeting was held on Sunday 28 May  2017, to coincide with National Reconciliation Week. Rottnest Foundation Staff Member Rosalie Small attended this meeting, as the main focus of discussion...

Reconciliation Week Opening Ceremony – 27 May 2017

For the first time in the Island’s history, Rottnest Island Authority participated in National Reconciliation Week and an opening ceremony was held on Rottnest Island (Wadjemup) Saturday 27 May to commemorate the start of the week. More than 200 people gathered on Rottnest Island for the event. The day began with a smoking ceremony on the sand at North Thomson Bay and an official ‘Welcome to Country’ was conducted by Walter McGuire. Formalities were then held at Hotel Rottnest, including speeches from the Minister for Tourism and Multicultural Interests Hon. Paul Papalia, Rottnest Island Authority CEO Michelle Reynolds,...

WA Trails Industry Forum – 19 May 2017

Rottnest Foundation staff member Rosalie Small attended the WA Trails Industry Forum held at Nedlands Yacht Club 19 May 2017. The forum was facilitated by Department of Sport and Recreation and there were various presentations relating to trails in WA, their management and engagement with the community. Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray launched the WA Strategic Trails Blueprint document 2017-2021 which highlights opportunities to create trail towns and trail networks, generating new tourism opportunities for regional economies and the metropolitan area. The blueprint provides a roadmap for the...

Rottnest Island Volunteer Networking Day – 11 May 2017

Rottnest Island Authority, Rottnest Foundation and Rottnest Express, in support of National Volunteer Week, co-hosted a Rottnest Island Volunteer Networking Day on the Island, Thursday 11 May 2017. The first half of the day involved speeches from the RIA CEO Michelle Reynolds and Rottnest Express Director of Sales and Marketing Nicole Passarelli followed by presentations by the main Rottnest volunteer groups regarding their objectives, achievements and current projects. Interested Island stakeholders were invited to participate as audience members. Volunteer group presentations included: – Rottnest Voluntary Guides Association – Brian...

Rottnest Foundation & BHP – Wadjemup Bidi Partnership Project Complete

Rottnest Foundation partnered with BHP in December 2014 and over the course of two and a half years, BHP contributed $559,100 towards the Wadjemup Bidi project. BHP was the first corporate partner of the Wadjemup Bidi project and has provided the largest corporate philanthropic investment the Island has ever seen in support of conserving the environmental assets of Rottnest Island. BHP supported the project: – To ensure the conservation of Rottnest Island for future generations – To recognise and celebrate Indigenous culture and heritage and their connection to the...

Rottnest Foundation & Rottnest Express Planting Day 6 May 2017

Rottnest Express (REX) is a strong supporter of Rottnest Foundation’s objectives to protect and conserve the Island, including its commitment to raising funds and engaging community support for conservation projects. REX is a generous supporter of all RF fundraising initiatives, including the Foundation Raffle, Foundation Calendar, Festival of Sail, and since October 2015, has incorporated the option to purchase Rottnest Foundation Membership through their online ferry booking system. REX fully supports the Wadjemup Bidi (walk trail) project objectives to deliver environmental, cultural and recreational opportunities that increase visitor satisfaction,...

London Chapter Wine Night a Huge Success!

The London Chapter of the Rottnest Foundation has been resurrected and a Committee has been formed, headed by Sandy Barblett, son of Pat Barblett A.M. who is Founder of the Rottnest Foundation and current Vice Chair. The London Chapter Committee held a wine night on 4th May 2017 to re-launch the London Chapter and raise funds for the Foundation. The night was a great success with all 120 tickets selling out. Through ticket sales, a raffle and live auction the Committee raised ~ £7000 was raised to support the Rottnest Foundation and...