Scheduled Works & Service Improvements
Works and service improvements are conducted periodically across Rottnest Island.
A range of projects are currently underway to refresh and revitalise Rottnest Island facilities. These works aim to enhance the visitor experience and to preserve the Island long term.
Please refer to this list for updates on planned works taking place and how they may impact your visit.
For further information on planning your visit to the Island, visit rottnestisland.com.
Last reviewed: 3 December 2021
Island Gateway Phase 2 | May to November
Location: Settlement Mall, Heritage Common and surrounding areas
Commencing: May 2021
Completion: Mid November 2021
The Island Gateway project (Phase 2) will deliver infrastructure upgrades to the main Mall, make visiting the area even more enjoyable with better amenity, and improve congestion issues by the activation of the full extent of Mall and surrounding area.
While the immediate construction area has been closed off, all businesses have remained open with modified access via safe pedestrian walkways for shoppers and visitors. Parts of the Mall will be opened up incrementally, if it is safe to do so while completing the remaining works.
As sections are completed, visitors will enjoy new paving, improved pedestrian access through the Mall and surrounds, and reduced congestion. New seating, improved shade and family amenities will complete the new and welcoming look for the Mall area.
The works include repaving, installing new furniture including bike racks, tables, seating and shade. Most of the roads around the Mall area are now open, including Vincent Way, Maley Street, Somerville Drive North and Digby Drive.
After a very wet and challenging winter, the opening up of the Mall and surrounds is in sight, and works to Heritage Common are expected to be completed by early-November 2021.
Visitors will notice some noise, dust and additional traffic movements from time to time, and every effort will be made to minimise the impact of those on residents, businesses and visitors.
Most works are scheduled to start at 7am each day, with some extended day shifts and night shifts included in the work program to help complete the upgrades.
View the map of night works and after-hours alternative access routes to the Settlement Mall here.
New Welcome Statement
The Gateway project also includes a new welcome statement.
The large-scale installation will occur in November, with the highest impact activities requiring the closure of the main jetty from 4:30pm to 11:30pm on Tuesday November 2.
The Main Jetty will be unavailable for public access, including fishing activities, during this high-impact window. A crane and other plant and equipment will be in operation, with signage and appropriate traffic management in place around the work area.
From November 3 to 30, the work area footprint will revert to a smaller area which will allow safe egress from the Main jetty past the site. The work area will be appropriately signed, fenced and screened during the works, with a public pedestrian thoroughfare and an emergency vehicle access route maintained throughout.
Read more about the Island Gateway project here and find answers to frequently asked questions here.
Railcar Wrapping (Captain Hussey) | December
Location: Railcar Wrapping (Captain Hussey)
Commencing: 6 December 2021
Completion: 10 December 2021
Wrap external of rail car (Captain Hussey). Train services will not operate from 6 - 10 December inclusive.
Night Works - Power Outage | November
Location: All locations below
Commencing: November 29 2021
Completion: November 30 2021
Description: Night works are planned for the night of Monday 29 November, which require a power outage to large parts of the Island.
On the night two separate work packages will be completed:
-New upgraded electrical cabling in the shopping precinct will be connected into the existing transformer on Digby Drive
-New cabling and a new circuit breaker will be installed into the Powerhouse Main Switchboard in anticipation of a new diesel generator
Parts of the Island will experience two brief power interruptions, each approximately 10 minutes duration. The first interruption is planned for 11pm and the second is planned for 5am.
Some other parts of the Island will experience a power outage from 11pm to 5am.
The following areas will experience two 10-minute power outages, one at 11pm and one at 5am:
-All businesses in Shopping Mall (General Store and Bakery – 1st interruption will be at 8pm)
-All buildings and street lighting in: North Thomson, Bathurst, Longreach Bay, Fays Bay, Geordie Bay
-Caroline Thomson Cabins
-Wastewater Treatment Plant
The following places will experience a power outage from 11pm to 5am:
-Residences for staff on Island: 2, 4, 6 Welch Rd, 6, 7, 9, 12, 13 Brand Way, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14 Bedford Ave, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9 Parker Point Rd
-Bus Stop Ticket Booth
-Digby Dve Ablution Block
-RVGA Information Centre
Generator back up will be provided where required for businesses refrigeration and operational requirements.
Battery Observation Post Remedial Works | May to November
Location: Battery Observation Post at Wadjemup Hill
Commencing: May 2021
Completion: Mid to late November 2021
Works at the Battery Observation Post at Wadjemup Hill will improve the integrity of the building and overall appearance. Temporary fencing will be in place around the site for the duration of the works.
Wadjemup Lighthouse Maintenance & Conservation Works | October to February
Location: Wadjemup Lighthouse
Commencing: October 2020
Completion: February 2022
Wadjemup Lighthouse is closed for maintenance and repairs. The current maintenance and conservation works will be carried out daily, 7 days a week between 6:30am and 6pm and is expected to be completed in February 2022.
North Thomson Residence Upgrade| August to November
Location: Units 418 & 420, Kelly Street, North Thomson
Commencing: August 2021
Completion: Mid November 2021
This project includes the interior and exterior renovation of two residential houses, units 418 and 420 on Kelly Street in North Thomson. Visitors in the area may experience noise from the construction, on weekdays during business hours only.