"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 and boys imprisoned during this period, died on Rottnest Island and are buried at the site known as the Wadjemup Aboriginal Burial Ground. This is the largest known deaths in custody gravesite in Australia and is extremely sacred for Aboriginal people as it contains the remains of Aboriginal Elders, Law Men and Warriors from almost every Aboriginal Language Group in Western Australia.

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The conservation & acknowledgement of the Wadjemup Aboriginal Burial Ground is an important step in aiding in the healing process for Western Australian Aboriginal people and delivering a significant commitment 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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Rottnest Foundation Chairman – Queen’s Baton Relay Batonbearer 2018

The Rottnest Foundation Chairman, Jeff King, was honoured to be one of the Queen’s Baton Relay Batonbearer’s on the 24 February in conjunction with the Rottnest Channel Swim. Rottnest Island was chosen as one of the host communities for the Queens Baton Relay. The baton travelled from Cottesloe to Rottnest via a registered esteemed swim team comprised of Eamon Sullivan, Tamara Bruce, Simon Huitenga and Jamie Bowler. The longest swimming segment ever for the Queen’s Baton Relay. Jeff was chosen as a bearer to acknowledge the countless hours he...

Rottnest Express Sponsorship Achievements 2017

Thanks again to our ongoing sponsor, Rottnest Express, for their generous support which enabled 330 volunteers to come to the Island and work on major conservation projects, including the Wadjemup Bidi (Rottnest Trail) project in 2017. More...

Rottnest Express Sponsorship Achievements 2017

Thanks again to our ongoing sponsor, Rottnest Express, for their generous support which enabled 330 volunteers to come to the Island and work on major conservation projects, including the Wadjemup Bidi (Rottnest Trail) project in 2017. These 330 volunteers provided 3070 hours of volunteer support, which equates to $92,092.50 worth of in-kind labour (valued @ $30/hr). Volunteer activities included collecting seed around the Island, propagating seed in the Rottnest Island Nursery, Quokka monitoring, spreading of brushing to assist with erosion control, planting seedlings to close ad-hoc informal access and...

Buy Chocolate Quokkas for Easter & Raise Funds for the Rottnest Foundation

Why not buy a chocolate quokka for your friends and family this Easter, instead of a chocolate rabbit. Part proceeds from each chocolate quokka sold goes to the Rottnest Foundation to help us promote community awareness, research and conservation of WA’s unique quokka population. ‘Chokka the Quokka’ is packaged in a beautiful cylindrical box and can be bought from all Margaret River Chocolate Company stores located at the following addresses> Swan Valley- 5123 West Swan Road, West Swan WA 6055 Margaret River- 415 Harman’s Mill Rd, Metricup WA 6280...

Upcoming Rottnest Foundation London Chapter Event –  17 May 2018

To all Rottnest Island enthusiasts in London, The London Chapter of the Rottnest Foundation has been established to allow all those living in London an opportunity to contribute to the preservation of the unique environmental, cultural and heritage assets of Rottnest Island and is active in raising funds for Rottnest Foundation conservation projects. Following the successful launch party of the London Chapter in 2017 which raised over £7,000, the Chapter is delighted to announce that tickets are now on sale for the 2018 Rottnest Foundation Wine Night Date –...

The Last – Wadjemup Bidi Steering Group Meeting

The Ngank Wen Bidi (south) section is currently being constructed and when it is finished, the entire trail, all five sections, will be open and walkable. As the Wadjemup Bidi is almost complete, on Friday 2 February 2018 the Wadjemup Bidi Steering Group consisting of representatives from Rottnest Island Authority, Rottnest Foundation, Conservation Volunteers, Rottnest Society, Winnit Club and Rottnest Voluntary Guides Association held their last meeting on Rottnest Island, where the group shared their thoughts on how happy and proud they were of the project and their contribution. The...

Site Visit with Tourism WA – Ngank Wen Bidi (north)

On 30 January 2018 the Rottnest Foundation and Rottnest Island Authority facilitated a site visit for Tourism WA and WA Visitor Centre representatives to view the completed Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure Programme grant project, the Ngank Wen Bidi (north) section, which was funded by a successful grant obtained by the Rottnest Foundation from the Commonwealth Government which is managed by Tourism WA. Attendees at the site visit included: Clinton Hull – Rottnest Island Authority Park Services Manager Eilidh Graham – RIA Wadjemup Bidi Coordinator Jeff King – Rottnest Foundation (RF)...

Rottnest Foundation – Recipient of a Westpac Foundation Community Grant

Rottnest Foundation are pleased to announce that we have been successful in receiving a $10,000 Westpac Foundation Community Grant. This grant will support costs associated with facilitating Aboriginal consultation for the design of the Wadjemup Aboriginal Burial Ground project. A big thank you from our Foundation to Westpac for supporting this significant cultural project....

Wadjemup Bidi Features in FACET Winter 2017 Newsletter!

2017 FACET Newsletter pg. 18. Rottnest Island, Wadjemup Bidi...

Rottnest Carnivale 2017

Rottnest Island Carnivale held on the 28 October 2017 was a full day and night of festivities.The event was proudly sponsored by the Rottnest Island Authority, Rottnest Express and Rottnest Fast Ferries. Funds raised on the day were donated to the Telethon Kids Institute. Rottnest Foundation members manned our tent in the Quokka Zone located on the grassed area in front of the Dome between 10am-4pm and spoke to visitors about our current projects. We sold Rottnest Raffle tickets, Rottnest Foundation 2018 Calendars and promoted the Margaret River Chocolate Company Chokka the Quokka fundraising initiative. We look...