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Significant Projects

Explore Rottnest Island Authority’s projects that are transforming the island experience.

The projects transforming the island

Rottnest Island Authority is leading transformative projects that are integral to the enhancement of visitor experience. From infrastructure upgrades to cultural heritage and conservation programs, these projects and initiatives are aligned with the Rottnest Island Management Plan and the vision for the future.

Projects and initiatives


  • Airport runway
    Airport Upgrades
    A $4.3 million project that involves resurfacing the runway, taxiway, and apron parking areas with bitumen asphalt, and installing a new perimeter security fence.
  • Planned
    Marine Logistics Hub
    A vital upgrade to Rottnest Island’s maritime infrastructure, with the proposed relocation of barge and freight services to South Thomson Bay.
  • Planned
    Wastewater Infrastructure
    A critical project to upgrade wastewater infrastructure to better support the island's operations, visitor experiences, and environmental protection.
  • Current
    Ablutions Upgrade Program
    The program focuses on enhancing the public toilet facilities across Rottnest Island, a crucial aspect of the visitor experience.
  • Main Rottnest Island Jetty
    Island Gateway
    The Island Gateway project enriches Rottnest's arrival point with upgraded amenities, a welcoming sculpture designed by WA artists and the Whadjuk Noongar community, and a more pedestrian-friendly mall.
  • Aerial of main jetty
    Main Jetty Upgrades
    A critical infrastructure investment that will ensure safe and continued access to Wadjemup / Rottnest Island for visitors.
  • Wind Turbine
    Renewable Energy and Electrical Infrastructure Upgrades
    Advancing Rottnest Island with $54.8 million in upgrades to achieve renewable energy targets.
  • Current
    Stay Rottnest Accommodation Refurbishment
    This extensive program involves the refurbishment of Rottnest Island Authority’s accommodation offerings and focuses on enhancing the comfort and service level of various accommodation types.
  • Current
    Water Infrastructure
    Enhancing Rottnest Island with $34.1 million for vital infrastructure upgrades to overhaul the ageing water production and supply network.
  • Complete
    Oliver Hill
    Oliver Hill has been upgraded to enhance visitor access to this nationally significant defence heritage site, with new facilities and transport options.
  • Stay Rottnest Accommodation - South Thomson
    South Thomson Accommodation
    A short way back from the settlement with wide boulevards, South Thomson is a favourite spot for families. These units were upgraded under a staged refurbishment program to enhance accommodation on the island.
  • Finished works at the basin
    The Basin
    The Basin is a popular destination on Rottnest Island and these improvements to visitor amenity better accommodate the increasing levels of visitation.
  • Complete
    The West End
    The West End will be enhanced in keeping with its significance as a place for reflection and appreciation of the wonder of nature.