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History of Rottnest

History of Rottnest Island


  • More than 500,000 people visit Rottnest Island each year.
  • The Island is 11 kilometres long, 4.5 kilometres at its widest point, and the land area measures 1,900 hectares.
  • It is a 24km ride around the Island. Allow at least 2.5 hours for a leisurely cycle.
  • The Island is an 'A' Class Reserve managed by the Rottnest Island Authority.
  • Each visitor to the Reserve pays an annual admission fee of:
    Day visitors adults $15.00, children (4-12 years) $4.50, children under 4 years are free, family (2dults+2 children) $34.50; Extended stay (overnight) adults $18.50 children (4-12 years) $6.75 children under 4 years are free, family (2 adults + 2 children) $43.75. These admission fees are included in the ferry fare, or as part of an annual admission fee for boat owners.

Visitors can experience Aboriginal, European, colonial, maritime, military, recreational and social heritage on Rottnest Island, which to a certain extent is reflective of the development of the State of Western Australia.

The history of Rottnest Island has created a rich and significant cultural heritage. First records of human occupation of Rottnest Island are from more than 6,500 years ago when the Island was still attached to the mainland, and Aboriginal people inhabited the area. Since its initial European exploration from the 17th Century and its settlement in 1829, Rottnest Island has been through a number of stages of development and has been used for a variety of purposes.

For more infomation on Rottnest Island visit http://www.rottnestisland.com/the-island/about-the-island/our-history