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Rottnest Island

Rottnest Open House

Heritage Program

Walk through history: as 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!

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

  • June 26 - 29th
  • July 24 - 27th
  • August 28 - 31st

When: Thursdays - Sundays
Where: Just look for the 'Open' sign in front of the heritage cottages or ask at the Visitor Centre on Rottnest Island for details and directions to the open cottages.
Times: 11am to 3pm event dates
Cost: FREE

Heritage View Cottage PatioHeritage View Cottages

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)