The West End is the most remote and westerly point of the Island. It receives many visitors due to its spectacular views, plethora of marine & birdlife that can be spotted and a feeling of isolation unlike any other on the Island.
Rottnest Foundation has been successful in receiving a $210,000 grant from the Commonwealth Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure (TDDI) Program which is managed by Tourism WA.
These funds will go towards building the Ngank Wen Bidi (northern) section of the Wadjemup Bidi project.
$115,842 will contribute to building beach access infrastructure at Marjorie Bay (west) & Marjorie Bay (east) and Rocky Bay stairs, $4158 will contribute to interpretive signage and $90,000 will fund one contract staff member dedicated to implementing the Trail.
Once complete, the Ngank Wen Bidi (northern) section will connect visitors to the Cathedral Rocks Seal Viewing Attraction at the westernmost point of the Island and also link to the Karlinyah Bidi and Wardan Nara Bidi sections of the Wadjemup Bidi project, which is currently being built using over $500,000 in funds from Rottnest Foundation working in partnership with BHP Billiton. Rottnest Foundation’s partnership with BHP Billiton provided the matching cash component for Rottnest Foundation to secure the TDDI Grant. In 2012 a successful grant of $15,000 from Lotterywest given to the Rottnest Foundation contributed towards the design fees for the Cathedral Rocks Seal Viewing Platform. In 2015, the construction of the platform was co-funded by the Australian Government through the T-Qual Grants Programme in collaboration with the Rottnest Island Authority.
This Seal Viewing Platform provides a new iconic wildlife nature-based tourism experience for the Island. The seals are easy to view from the platform and a set of free-to-use binoculars provides a finishing touch to the site, aiding visitors to view the seals magnified to provide an even better experience. The interpretive sign located at the Seal Viewing Platform itself contains QR code links to information about the NZ Fur Seal Colony provided in 5 languages, English, Chinese, French, German and Spanish.
The Cathedral Rocks site also includes a contemporary coloured glass sculpture by the artist Fleur Marron that depicts the main behavioural characteristics of the NZ Fur Seal Colony (basking, diving & flipper sailing).
A hand cranked Audio Sign has also been installed along the limestone path approx. 200m from the Viewing Platform. When the handle is turned, this sign relays an Aboriginal story told by a Whadjuk Traditional Owner about the creation of Kurannup (the waters past West End of the Island) and how the spirits of Noongar people come to rest after death. 5x Additional interpretive signs were also installed as part of this project, relaying information to visitors about wildlife that can be spotted (king’s skink, Rottnest Island dugite, wedge-tailed shearwaters, humpback whales, ospreys & dolphins) and also the historical role West End played during WWII.
Works on the Ngank Wen Bidi (northern) section are due to begin late 2016 and will be completed by the end of 2018.
Please click here to download Tourism WA’s media release regarding projects that were awarded funding from the Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure Program.
Rottnest Foundation are seeking further funding partners to build the Ngank Wen Bidi (southern) section of the Wadjemup Bidi Project. If you are interested in sponsoring this section of trail, please contact our Grants & Sponsorship Coordinator, Rosie, on 0447 853 820 or [email protected]