The West End

The West End will be enhanced in keeping with its significance as a place for reflection, appreciation of the wonder of nature and a place of acknowledgement for the continuing rich culture of Australia’s First Nation communities.

Project description

This project will implement several West End initiatives outlined in The Rottnest Island Management Plan 2020-24. The West End of Rottnest Island looks out over the ocean to ‘Kooranup’, a spiritual resting place on the horizon for the Island’s traditional owners, the Whadjuk Noongar people. In response to growing visitor numbers, it is proposed to open the western side of Island through a West End Transport Hub, provide enhanced visitor experiences, and further reveal the outstanding natural, Aboriginal cultural heritage and built heritage features of the area.

Project key features

Key elements of the project may include:

  • Development of an improved ‘museum’ experience through enhanced facilities and interpretation of heritage and environmental offerings,
  • Development of a bus stop precinct with shelters, toilets and seating to service visitors to Cathedral Rocks and the West End recreation sites,
  • Connection to the Wadjemup Bidi series of walking trails, and
  • Installation of iconic artwork and interpretation to deliver an experience that resonates with a global audience and brings to life the stories of the Whadjuk Noongar people.

Estimated project completion

Stage 1: Ablution Building > Complete
Stage 2: Landscaping Works > May 2021
Stage 3: Public Artwork Installation > May 2021



Artist Impression of West End development

Related documents

Download the West End Concept Design (PDF 1.6MB)


This project has been made possible by funding from the Australian Government and the State Government of Western Australia.

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