"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.

More Info


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

Tilden 1957

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Chokka the Quokka meets Andy Warhol

The Margaret River Chocolate Company has immortalised its popular Chokka the Quokka character with a funky new t-shirt range, inspired by Andy Warhol. Like the chocolate versions of Chokka the Quokka, part proceeds from sales will go to the Rottnest Foundation to support quokka conservation and research projects.  Sales of Chokka the Quokka have already raised from than $10,000 for the Foundation and an additional $8,000 for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The WWF donation was specifically to support a quokka recovery program that stemmed from devastating bushfires in...

Beaconsfield Primary School joins the Rottnest Foundation

The Rottnest Foundation welcomed its first school membership when Beaconsfield Primary School became a member of the Foundation in 2018.  The school includes a campus on Rottnest, so they have a strong connection with the Island.  Foundation Board member, Denise Hilsz, has been working with the school community to support their involvement with island activities, opportunities and events. A group of dads called “Beacy Dads” are involved in the Fathering Project founded by Perth Doctor, Bruce Robertson.  The intention is to improve father’s relationships with their children, help father...

Walking Forward Disaster Relief Team donates for Quokka Conservation

A big thank you to the Walking Forward Disaster Relief Team (WFDRT) for their generous donation of $1,220 to the Rottnest Foundation for Quokka conservation. The Walking Forward Disaster Relief Team provides a secure database networking system for Equine and Pet owners across Australia.  This database provides users with options to relocate their pets to a safer place and aid in better decision-making prior to emergencies and disasters. By bringing together individuals throughout Australia, the WFDRT delivers an unparalleled service to animal owners to enhance greater connections, education and...

Pat Barblett AM, Rottnest Foundation Deputy Chair inducted into WA Women’s Hall of Fame

Pat Barblett, AM founder of the Rottnest Foundation and Deputy Chair was inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame on International Women’s Day on 8 March at Government House. Pat was acknowledged as a leader in the field of conservation and park management of WA’s unique environment. Pat was the first woman appointed to the Rottnest Island Authority Board, serving on the Board for 16 years, and chairing it for 3 years before retiring in 1993.  Her achievements during her time were many including; the first Environmental Intepretation...

Rottnest After Dark 2018

Gathering on the lawn overlooking Rottnest’s beautiful Basin, the Rottnest Island Chamber of Commerce Inc. hosted its annual ‘Rottnest After Dark’ function.  Several Rottnest Foundation Board members enjoyed the opportunity to meet various members of the Rottnest Island’s business community, Rottnest Island Authority Board Members and key tourism industry stakeholders. The group heard a number of inspiring addresses from Rottnest Island Chairperson John Langoulant, Rottnest Island Chamber of Commerce Chairman Glen Evans and Rottnest Island Authority Executive Director Michelle Reynolds.  They spoke of us uniting to ensure the Island’s...

$5,000 Donation from the Margaret River Chocolate Co.

This Easter purchase a ‘Chokka the Quokka’ and support Quokka conservation on Rottnest Island. For more information click...

$5,000 donation from the Margaret River Chocolate Company

This Easter, purchase a ‘Chokka the Quokka’ and support Quokka conservation on Rottnest Island. Rottnest Foundation Chairman Jeff King, gratefully received another $5,000 cheque from Martin Black, co-founder of the Margaret River Chocolate Company, at their Perth Store on Friday 23 March.  Since 2017, ‘Chokka the Quokka’ has generated $10,000, with $2 from every sale being donated to the Rottnest Foundation. The funds will support a Quokka Monitoring Program which will be launched in Spring this year.  The program is backed by a three-year research project in collaboration with...

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...