Rottnest Awards & Accreditation

The successful sustainable management and conservation of Rottnest Island is reflected in the unprecedented number of awards and accolades from the tourism industry and business bodies, that recognise the Island on a national Tourism stage as a environmental and cultural asset for Western Australia.


11EarthCheck Certification 2015- Silver Certified

Rottnest Island Authority has been recognised by EarthCheck, an internationally recognised sustainability program for the tourism industry.






WA Heritage Awards 2016

Contribution by a Public or Private Organisation. 34 heritage champions, across eight categories, have been named as finalists in the 2016 Western Australian Heritage Awards. The awards showcase excellence in revitalising heritage places, setting standards for future interpretation, conservation and adaptive reuse of places on the State Register of Heritage Places.

33Qantas Australian Tourism Awards 2014

Major Tourist Attractions finalist. As the gold winner of Major Tourist Attractions in the 2014 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards, Rottnest Island has become an automatic finalist representing WA in the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards. The Australian Tourism Awards are the tourism industry’s peak Awards – recognising and promoting excellence in tourism.

1WA Tourism Gold Award 2014

Category 1 Major Tourist Attractions. Rottnest Island has been named WA’s top major tourist attraction at the 2014 WA Tourism Awards.



2WA Tourism Silver Award 2014

Category 3 Major Festivals Events. Rottnest Channel Swim has proudly been awarded the Silver Award for the category of Major Festivals and Events.



3WA Tourism Silver Award 2014

Category 6 Heritage Cultural Tourism. Rottnest Island has proudly been awarded the Silver Award for the category of Heritage Cultural Tourism.






4WA Tourism Bronze Award 2014

Category 14 Destination Marketing. Rottnest Island has proudly been awarded the Bronze Award for the category of Destination Marketing.






Oz DestinationExperience Oz #1 Top Destination To Experience 2014

Rottnest Island has proudly been voted by the Australian public as Australia’s top destination to experience in 2014, thanks to Experience Oz.




Award 1WA State Heritage Award 2014 – Outstanding Conservation Award
Congratulations to the hard-working Rottnest Island Authority (RIA) heritage team, who strive to conserve and educate the public of the Island’s heritage. The RIA  has been awarded the 2014 Heritage Award for Outstanding Conservation of a Non-Residential Place for the Rottnest Island WWII Defence Establishment.




award 2WA State Heritage Award 2014 – Highly Commended Award
The Rottnest Island Authority has been awarded the Highly Commended Award for Outstanding Contribution to Heritage by a Public or Private Organisation





award2National Tourism Bronze Award Sydney 2014
Congratulations to the Rottnest Island Authority Pedal & Flipper Department who won a Bronze award at  the National Tourism Awards in Sydney for Specialised Tourism Services.


WA Tourism Bronze Award 2013WA Tourism Gold Award 2013

Category 1 Major Tourism Attraction. Rottnest Island has been named WA’s top major tourism attraction at the 2013 WA Tourism Awards.



Tourism WA Bronze Award 2013WA Tourism Bronze Award 2013

Category 3 Specialised Tourism Services. Rottnest Island Pedal & Flipper has been named WA’s top specialised tourism service at the 2013 WA Tourism Awards.





award 3Marketing Excellence Finalist 2013
The AIM WA West Business Pinnacle Award for Marketing Excellence provides recognition for an organisation that has achieved outstanding results through key initiatives that demonstrate leadership and commitment to excellence in  marketing. Well done to the RIA for achieving this award.




award 4PATA Gold Award 2013 
Rottnest Island has prestigiously been voted by the Pacific Asia Travel Association judging panel as the PATA Gold Award winner for 2013 in the   following category:


Marketing   – Secondary Government Destination
More Rottnest Winter Campaign
Rottnest Island Authority, Australia


award 4PATA Gold Award 2013
Rottnest Island has prestigiously been voted by the Pacific Asia Travel Association judging panel as the PATA Gold Award winner for 2013 in the following category:


Ecotourism Project
Wadjemup Coastal Walk Trail
Rottnest Island Authority, Australia


PATA Gold Award 2013 award 4 
Rottnest Island has prestigiously been voted by the Pacific Asia Travel Association judging panel as the PATA Gold Award winner for 2013 in the   following category:


Heritage  Culture – Heritage
After Dark and Open House
Rottnest Island Authority, Australia

With 165 entries from 60 organisations and individuals worldwide, Rottnest Island is honoured to receive such a prestigious award.


Heritage Tourism Award 2013 award5
Rottnest Island Authority was awarded a Heritage Tourism Award at the Western Australian Heritage Awards for outstanding contribution to heritage.






Marketing Excellence AwardMarketing Excellence Award 2013

The Fremantle Chamber of Commerce awarded Rottnest Island Authority the winner of Marketing Excellence at the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. Rottnest Island Authority was also a proud finalist in Tourism Excellence.




award7Tourism Marketing Award – 2012 Gold Winner
Rottnest Island won the Tourism Marketing Award at the 2012 Qantas Australia Tourism Award, tourism industry’s premier awards celebrating and recognising excellence. It’s the first time the Island has been recognised on a national tourism stage, which marks a very special moment for all of us. Visit for further information.




award8Rottnest Island Bronze Benchmarked 2012
In an important milestone, the environmental performance of Rottnest Island has been recognised by EarthCheck; the travel and tourism industry’s leading environmental management, benchmarking and certification company. EarthCheck operates the world’s most scientifically rigorous benchmarking program and measures key indicators such as energy and water consumption, total waste production, and community commitment to provide a holistic picture of operational performance. Visit for further information.




award92012 GWN7 Top Tourism Award Winner
Awarded by the Visitor Centre Association of Western Australia (VCAWA), the peak industry body representing Visitor Centres and the Visitor Servicing Industry throughout WA, this award recognises the contributions made to tourism and the local community. For over 42 years, the VCAWA (formally known as the Country Tourism Association) has been representing the interests of Visitor Centres and the overall State Tourism Industry. Visit for further information.


award102010 Engineering Heritage National Landmark Award
Engineering Heritage Australia’s highest accolade, an Engineering Heritage National Landmark award, was presented to the Rottnest Island Authority on 10 November 2010. The award recognises the significant technical achievement of the construction of the Fremantle Fortress – Rottnest Island World War II Coastal Defences Facilities.



award6Accredited Tourism Business
The RIA is an Accredited Tourism Business which was achieved through the Australian Tourism Accreditation Program, a national business development program designed to establish and continually improve industry standards.

Tourism accreditation has been driven by industry to ensure the ongoing sustainability and best practices of local tourism operators, and identifies a minimum standard in business operation and customer service. Accredited tourism businesses are recognised as professional, ethical and reliable operators, which deliver high quality tourism experiences.
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** All Award & Accreditation Information: Courtesy of the Rottnest Island Authority (RIA)**