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Managing the Island

Learn about the plans and strategies to manage the island.

Discover the strategies and initiatives that guide how the island is managed

Wadjemup / Rottnest Island is a place of rugged natural beauty, world-class beaches, and unique heritage assets. It’s a much-loved holiday destination for both local and international visitors—and its popularity continues to grow. As such, the strategic management and enhancement of this iconic island is pivotal to ensure the enjoyment for all for generations to come.
The Basin

About the Rottnest Island Management Plan

The Rottnest Island Management Plan maps out how we plan to manage and maintain the island for a five-year period. The current plan focuses on visitor experience, sustainable infrastructure, cultural heritage, the island’s environment, and how Rottnest Island Authority  build meaningful partnerships. 

These five key focus areas and their supporting initiatives are covered in the pages above, or you can read more about the RIMP review process here. 

Read more about the RIMP

Fees and charges

Rottnest Island Authority (RIA) operates as a public non-financial corporation.

Fees and payments required to visit the island are RIA's principal source of revenue that funds the amenities, activities, and accommodation on the island. This includes:

  • Island admission fees
  • Vessel mooring fees
  • Accommodation charges
  • Bicycle and other recreational equipment hire
  • Income from leasing premises and providing services to businesses on the island

A substantial amount of RIA’s revenue is generated by Stay Rottnest and Pedal & Flipper Hire, and any income made through these avenues is invested back into managing the island.

Volunteer Guides

Valuing hard-working volunteers

The island wouldn’t be what it is without the tireless work of volunteer groups. From environmental management and improvement to the ones who show you around on a walking tour, read more about the people and groups who give up their time to help look after the island.
Meet the volunteers