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Rottnest Island

Open house heritage programRottnest Open House 2015

Walk through history

We open our doors to the some of the Island's cherished heritage-listed buildings. Don't miss this rare opportunity to explore the homes of early European settlers including the Governor and Boat Pilot Servicemen.

For some visitors, this will be the first time they have been inside the historic cottages, for others it will be an opportunity to reminisce about times they may have stayed or lived in them.

This unusual event began in 2011 as part of celebrations commemorating a century of tourism on the Island. Explore the architecture and history of Rottnest Island’s limestone cottages, situated on one of the oldest still intact streetscapes in Australia!

Commanders Cottage at KingstownFirst time opening of the Commander's Cottage this July!

For the first time in Open House history, you can now walk through one of the Commander’s Residences, (152) at Kingstown! This is the first time we have had this premier accommodation building open as part of the Open House program so we are excited to present our Military Heritage on show in July.

Following the lead of Melbourne and London, Rottnest Island opens some of its treasured buildings during the following dates:

When:

  • Thursday, June 25 - Sunday, June 28
  • Thursday, July 23 - Sunday, July 26 (incl. special viewing of Commander's Cottage 152 at Kingstown!)

Where:
Look for the 'Open' sign in front of the heritage cottages or ask at the Visitor Centre for directions to open cottages.
Times: 11am to 3pm 
Cost: FREE

Unfortunately due to their historic construction, the Open House buildings do not provide universal access.

For further information, please contact:
Patsy Vizents
Heritage Officer
Phone: +61 434 607 787 (9am - 5pm)
Email:
patsy.vizents@rottnestisland.com