"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 – 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...

Rottnest Foundation AGM – 16 October 2017

Rottnest Foundation members caught a ferry over to the Island for the official AGM which was held in the Rottnest Executive Office. After the meeting we had lunch together at the new Thomsons Café (previously Aristos). Post lunch we attended a guided tour of the Thomson Bay Settlement area with our guide, Ellis Griffiths Vice President of the Rottnest Voluntary Guides Association. We had just enough time to grab a bevvy at Hotel Rottnest before boarding the ferry back home. Rottnest Foundation’s achievements as delivered by Jeff King in...

FACET Conference 2017 – Presentation by Rottnest Foundation & BHP

Some 350 people from around the State, Country and as far as Papua New Guinea visited Government House, many for the first time, to attend FACET’s (Forum Advocating Cultural and Eco-Tourism) 2017 tourism conference, theme ‘Celebrating our Parks’, held from 9-11 October. The program was a celebration of WA’s unique and extraordinary landscapes and showcased new initiatives and programs and explored opportunities for business, community and visitors to connect and engage with our parks. Rottnest Foundation and our major partner BHP were invited to co-present at the Conference on Tuesday...

Coastlines Winter Edition 2017 – Online Newsletter

The Wadjemup Bidi featured in an article in the Coastlines Winter Edition 2017 Online Newsletter Article – ‘New Sections of Wadjemup Walk Trail Now Open’ The full publication can be accessed by clicking the link below https://www.planning.wa.gov.au/dop_pub_pdf/Coastlines_Winter_2017.pdf...

Buy a 2018 Rottnest Foundation Calendar

Calendars are $10 each and proceeds support Rottnest Foundation’s environmental, cultural and heritage projects. Please click here to purchase calendars....

Rottnest Raffle is now Closed.

The Raffle was drawn on 11 January 2018. All Winners have been notified and published in the West Australian on 17 January 2018. A big thank you to everyone who purchased tickets and the businesses who donated to the prize pool.  ...

Rottnest Raffle is now Closed.

The Raffle Closed: 5 Jan 2018 at 5pm. The Raffle will be Drawn: 11 Jan 2018. Winners will be notified and published in the West Australian on 17 January 2018. Money raised goes towards Rottnest Foundation’s cultural, heritage and environmental projects. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our sponsors who contribute to making this a successful fundraising initiative.   SPONSORS...

Request for Tender – Wadjemup Aboriginal Burial Ground Project

Tender No: RF/RFT/01-2017 Rottnest Foundation invites interested parties to submit a tender for the provision of interpretation and landscape planning & design, including development of works tender documentation for the Wadjemup (Rottnest Island) Aboriginal Burial Ground Project Phase 2. Parties interested in tendering for these services can obtain a copy of the tender documentation by contacting [email protected] Tender closes at 2.00pm (WST), 9 October 2017. Tender must be submitted electronically to...