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Stay Rottnest Accommodation Open Days

Learn what an Open Day is and how they improve the Stay Rottnest accommodation booking experience.

Stay Rottnest accommodation bookings open monthly, nine months in advance, on special days called Open Days

Part of improving the visitor experience on Wadjemup / Rottnest Island is ensuring there is a variety of accommodation options. Rottnest Island Authority (RIA) manages Stay Rottnest, which includes self-contained, dormitory and campground accommodation options.

To manage equity of access to Stay Rottnest accommodation options, an Open Day is held every month.

Stay Rottnest Accomodation

What are Open Days?

We want our accommodation booking system to be as fair and equitable as possible. So rather than having accommodation options open for booking all year round, we release availability for Stay Rottnest one month at a time, nine months in advance of the next booking period.

When are Open Days held?

Open Days are held on the first Wednesday of each month, to release availability for the next booking period, nine months in advance.

Visit the Stay Rottnest website to see all current scheduled Open Day dates.

See the Open Day schedule

How Open Days work

Bookings for accommodation can be made online or by phone from 8:30 am on the nominated Open Day.

Simply head to or call 1800 111 111.

When you do, you’ll join a virtual queue. Then when your time comes, you’ll have the opportunity to book your accommodation for that month.

If you access the website before the opening time, you’ll be assigned a random place in the queue once bookings open. If you get there after 8:30 am, you’ll join at the back of the queue.

Please note: bookings on Open Days can only be made online or over the phone
On Open Days, Stay Rottnest does not accept in-person bookings at Rottnest Island Authority’s offices at Mews Road Fremantle, or at the Rottnest Island Visitor Centre. On Open Days, you must book online or over the phone.

Frequently asked questions

Yes. Open Days are the days that accommodation for that month becomes open for booking, and booking for all other periods are available around this.

Stay Rottnest accommodation is available to book online 24/7, or via phone on 1800 111 111 (Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm, excluding public holidays). Bookings can be made up to nine months in advance.

No. To combat the rise of reselling accommodation bookings, we instituted a change that means that the original guest will remain as the owner of the Open Day booking.

However, the owner can nominate another person as authorised to check in to their island accommodation.

This way the original guest’s details will remain on the booking, and they’ll be liable for any costs related to the accommodation for the duration of their booking. This may include damage, cleaning fees or charges related to the behaviour of the guests staying within the accommodation.

Yes, however the Primary Guest / Keyholder for your booking must be 18 years of age or older and stay overnight in the accommodation through the term of the booking.  

If you need wheelchair-accessible accommodation, it’s best to send your booking request after 8:30 am on Open Days to [email protected], including a copy of your ACROD Card (front and back). The Stay Rottnest reservations team process these requests in the order they’re received.

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Book your Rottnest Island accommodation

The best way to prepare to book your Rottnest Island accommodation booking is to head to the Stay Rottnest website. You can read about the different island locations and accommodation available, make and manage your booking, and learn tips for securing your booking on Open Day.
Visit Stay Rottnest.