Conserving the essence of Rottnest

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


Our Vision

To conserve and enhance the unique environmental, cultural and heritage assets of Wadjemup (Rottnest Island).


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!


We develop relationships and raise funds for projects which support the sustainability of the Island for generations to come.


The Rottnest Foundation was formed to provide 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.

Current Projects

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

Wadjemup Bidi

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.

Aboriginal Burial Ground

The Rottnest Foundation is actively seeking funds to support the conservation of the Aboriginal Burial Ground on Wadjemup (Rottnest Island), Western Australia.

Make a Donation

You can make a real difference to the conservation of Rottnest Island and ensure that the Island remains that special place we all love for its unique beauty and heritage.

Become a Member

Here is an opportunity to give something back to Rottnest and make a real difference! By joining us you will be supporting the Foundation’s work in conserving the Island for future generations.

Latest News

Alinta Energy Environmental Grant supports Longreach Bay dune stabilisation

The Rottnest Foundation has been successful in securing a $17,940 funding grant that will be used to revegetate and stabilise an area of coastal dune system at Longreach Bay. The dunes are impacted by strong coastal winds and foot traffic. Once established, the native...

New Wadjemup Museum acknowledges Rottnest Volunteer Groups

The new Wadjemup Museum, opened by the Minister for Tourism on 22 December, has undergone a $1million refurbishment through the Commonwealth's National Tourism Icons program. Housed in the Old Mill and Hay Store in the Settlement, the museum invites visitors to...

‘Containers for Change’ supporting Rottnest conservation

In the first 100 days, the 'Containers for Change' scheme has seen more than 120 million containers returned, raising more than $500,000 for charities and community groups. You can donate your containers to the Rottnest...

Rottnest Foundation members plant 3,000 saltmarsh species

An enthusiastic group of Rottnest Foundation members travelled to Rottnest on Saturday 4 July to assist with a salt lake rehabilitation project at Herschel Lake.  It was a beautiful winter's day and the group set to work planting approximately 3,000 saltmarsh...

Quokka greeting cards supporting Rottnest Foundation Projects

Thanks to the generous donation of the Carre family, all funds generated from online sales of these cute Quokka greeting cards, will be directed towards environmental rehabilitation projects on Rottnest. Produced by Edwina Carre who has been painting all her life, the...

$18,000 Community Environment Program (CEP) Grant

The Federal Member for Fremantle, Josh Wilson MP, has recently advised the Rottnest Foundation of its success in securing an $18,000 CEP grant that will be directed towards revegetating and protecting important saltmarsh habitat at Herschel Lake on Rottnest. This...

Happy Birthday Rottnest Quokkas

Over the weekend 14-15 September, some 2000 visitors travelled to Rottnest Island to join in the birthday party for the Rottnest Island Quokka. The birthday celebrations included the handing over of a $10,000 cheque from the Margaret River Chocolate Co to the Rottnest...

Revegetation work on Rottnest

An enthusiastic group of Foundation members travelled to Rottnest on Saturday 6 July to undertake revegetation works at Garden Lake. Whilst a small family of quokkas enjoyed the intermittent sunshine, the Foundation crew donned their gloves and tools and planted up to...

Generous Donation from Wallaby Pty Ltd

Wallaby Pty Ltd is a Gold Coast based software product Company that has generously donated $1,651 to the Rottnest Foundation from a recent sale of one of their products Quokka.js. Wallaby's developer productivity tools are used by software developers all around the...

Rottnest Island Community Night raises funds for the Foundation

The Rottnest Foundation was chosen to be the recipient charity for funds raised at the annual Rottnest Island Community Night.  120 Rottnest Island residents, workers and business people enjoyed an evening at the Karma Golf Course for the Rottnest Island Community...