Our Volunteers

Rottnest Foundation members are provided the opportunity to participate in two planting days on the Island per year. Ferry fares are sponsored by Rottnest Express and bus transfers to-and-from the planting site and lunch is provided courtesy of the Rottnest Island Authority.

Below is a summary of projects that Rottnest Foundation members have provided volunteer support towards in the past.

2017 Rottnest Foundation Planting Day – Eagle Bay

On Saturday 22 July 2017 Rottnest Foundation members planted 1000 seedlings at Eagle Bay, which is located along the Ngank Wen Bidi (northern section) of the Wadjemup Bidi. Volunteer assistance is paramount to the success of the Wadjemup Bidi project and we thank our members for their participation in the revegetation aspects of this initiative.




2017 Rottnest Foundation & Rottnest Express Volunteer Day – Green Island

20170506_142921On Saturday 6 May 2017 Rottnest Express participants joined forces with Rottnest Foundation members to plant 1000 seedlings to revegetate damaged areas and the blow-out at Green Island. Rehabilitation of these sites has stabilised the area, greatly reducing the amount of sand blowing onto the road. In turn this reduces risk and makes the road less dangerous for road users.

Thank you to the Rottnest Express staff and family members, and Foundation members who participated in this panting day.



2016 Rottnest Foundation & Rottnest Express Volunteer Day- Ricey Beach

Group Photo 2On Saturday 7 May Rottnest Express staff and family members joined forces with Rottnest Foundation members, braving the rain and wind, to plant 1800 seedlings and spread brushing to revegetate damaged dunes and close informal access tracks previously caused by people making their own way to Ricey Beach.

Thank you to all who participated in the day.




2015 Rottnest Foundation Volunteer Day- Cathedral Rocks

2015-06-20 10.38.37In June this year, the Foundation planted 823 plants out at Cathedral Rocks, near the newly opened Seal Viewing Platform. Due to this area being a significant rookery for the shearwater’s it was decided not to use tree guards as they posed a risk of entanglement or entrapment for the birds.  As such the site was flagged to be fenced.  2015-06-20 11.44.07

2015-06-20 11.39.46However (halfway through construction of the fence) it was realised that the shallow limestone pickets could not be driven deep enough to gain sufficient tension for quokka exclusion, so instead the site was heavily brushed by RIA staff after the Foundation had completed the planting.

The RIA Field Officer (Luke Wheat) has since been back to the site to check progress and has not witnessed any predation, reporting that there is a low abundance of quokkas at the site. Good news!





2014 Rottnest Foundation Volunteer Day- Fairbridge Bluff

1The ferry ride was more then a little rocky on the way to Rotto for our annual planting day, however, the weather stayed at bay and we were able to plant 900 trees. Lunch from Quokka Joe’s was delicious and luckily the ride back to Freo was a lot calmer. Thank you to all those who participated.




2013 Rottnest Foundation Volunteer Day – Bickley

DSC_0055Conditions were perfect for the Foundation’s tree planting exercise at the Bickley Battery heritage precinct in June 2013, with just over 600 plants going in the ground. This site forms part of the Ngank Wira Bidi (part of the larger Wadjemup Bidi project), which opened to the public in Dec 2013!




2012 Rottnest Foundation Volunteer Day – Little Parakeet

RF Planting at Little Parakeet 11June 2012 saw Foundation members travel to Rottnest to plant 500 dune species seedlings at Little Parakeet Bay. The Rottnest Foundation provided $30,000 from a successful DEC grant (now DPaW), to enable the re-alignment of the beach access and new stairs into the Bay and were delighted to return to re-vegetate the area and complete the job. The redevelopment of this node is part of the Wadjemup Bidi plan for the Island.



2011 Rottnest Foundation Volunteer Day – Serpentine Lake


15 devoted Rottnest lovers braved high seas and rain to plant over 350 trees adjacent to Serpentine Lake as part of the Foundation’s annual Tree Planting Day in July 2011. Apart from the wet conditions, (ideal for the young seedlings) everyone had lots of fun, enjoyed a scrumptious picnic lunch and left the Island satisfied by a job well done!




2010 Rottnest Foundation Volunteer Day- Governor’s Circle

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA500 trees and shrubs were planted as part of a rehabilitation project at Governor’s Circle.

the Rottnest Island ethos that we are all so passionate about.





Annual Rottnest Island Volunteer Breakfast

R RVolunteer Breakfast 2015- Rottnest Foundation Membersottnest Island is fortunate to have a number of volunteer groups working on projects that benefit the Island and its visitors.

To acknowledge and appreciate the invaluable contributions made by volunteer groups and individuals on Rottnest Island throughout the year, the Rottnest Island Authority hosts a Volunteer Breakfast on Rottnest Island for approximately 120 volunteers to say thank you.

Rottnest Foundation representatives attend this event annually. Rottnest volunteer groups are currently primarily involved in environmental restoration and construction works required for the Wadjemup Bidi project which is due to be completed by the end of 2018 (subject to acquiring the necessary funding from outside sources).

Other projects that volunteers assist with include environmental monitoring, beach clean ups and cultural heritage & restoration works.