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

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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

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...

Purchase an Entertainment Book and support Rottnest

The Rottnest Foundation is excited about this new fundraising initiative to support our conservation projects on the Island. The Entertainment Book is about to be launched just in time for school holidays and includes plenty to keep youngsters entertained and...

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...