Conserving the essense 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

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About Us

Our Mission

The Rottnest Foundation’s mission is to ‘Conserve the essence of Rottnest’  by encouraging community involvement and raising funds to protect and enhance Rottnest Island’s unique environmental, cultural and heritage assets.

The Rottnest Foundation is achieving our mission by:

  • inviting the West Australian community to join the Foundation to support its role in ‘Conserving the essence of Rottnest’
  • raising awareness, understanding and appreciation of Rottnest Island’s unique fragile attributes to encourage a sense of community ownership and environmental stewardship
  • securing and administering funds raised through grant submissions, sponsorship and fundraising activities to support important conservation projects; and
  • providing opportunities for Rottnest Foundation members to participate in conservation projects on the 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!


The 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.

Get Involved

Our 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.

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’.

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. 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!

By purchasing Rottnest Foundation merchandise you are helping to raise much needed funds for cultural, heritage and environmental projects on Rottnest Island.

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.

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

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

Rottnest Foundation Beach Clean-up

A big thank you to our members who travelled to Rottnest on Sunday 16 September to participate in the Foundation's last volunteer activity for the year. Twenty-five keen Foundation members headed to the northern beaches to complete the remaining section of a...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

$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...

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...

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...

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...

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