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Rottnest Island has been named WA’s top major tourist attraction at the 2014 WA Tourism Awards.

WA Tourism Awards 2014

As well as the Gold for Major Tourist Attraction, Rottnest Island also received 2 Silver awards for  Heritage and Cultural Tourism and for Major Festivals and Events (Rottnest Channel Swim) and a Bronze for  Destination Marketing. Read more.

 

Freo Mayor Comments on Amalgamation - Fremantle Mayor, Brad Pettitt, 22 October 2014

The City of Fremantle welcomes today’s state government announcement that will see the City of Fremantle amalgamate with the Town of East Fremantle and expand its boundaries to include Bicton, Palmyra, Hamilton Hill, part of North Coogee and Rottnest. Read more.

 

Rottnest Island Conservation Efforts

Cassyanna Thomas, the Island's Terrestrial Conservation Officer, talks with ABC’s Emma Wynne about the conservation work being done on Rottnest Island. Listen to ABC News.

 







August Anniversary of the first Aboriginal prisoners taken to Rottnest Island (Wadjemup)

The Rottnest Island Authority is aware and respectful of the significance of the Island and particularly the Lodge and Burial Ground to Aboriginal people, many of whom have ancestors buried on the Island. The first 10 prisoners were reportedly taken to Rottnest (Wadjemup) on 17th August 1838.

In telling the story, the Rottnest Island Authority recently hosted the premiere of Glen Stasiuk’s film entitled, Black Prison White Playground and two of Glen’s other films  Weewar and Razor Wire can be seen on a push-button, continuous play basis in the Museum on Rottnest Island.  Artefacts from the Rottnest Island collection and the Western Australian Museum are also on display in the Island’s Museum; and exhibition panels of the Wadjemup to Walyalup history of Aboriginal incarceration in Western Australia, developed by the Fremantle Prison are on display in the Museum and will remain there until April 2015. 

The expiry of the Lodge lease in 2018 provides an opportunity for consultation with regard to the appropriate development of the Quod buildings.

 

The Wadjemup Aboriginal Burial Ground

Rottnest Island (Wadjemup) was used as an Aboriginal prison between 1838 and 1903. It closed in 1904; however, prisoners remained on the Island to build roads and other works until 1931.

Remembering ancestors on the occasion of the 175th anniversary almost to the day when the first 10 Aboriginal prisoners were taken to Rottnest (Wadjemup) Island.Over 3,700 Aboriginal men from throughout WA were sent to Rottnest during this period. These men were the Elders, the Custodians and the Lore men who were the keepers of order, culture, spiritual integrity and historical record for the Aboriginal community, as well as the protectors and providers for the women and children.  It is recorded that approx. 400 Aboriginal men died on Rottnest Island and are buried at the site known as the ‘Wadjemup Aboriginal Burial Ground’.   This Burial Ground was formally recognised by the Department of Aboriginal Sites in 1985.

In 2005-06 the Rottnest Island Authority (RIA) engaged an Aboriginal consultant to conduct state-wide consultation with the Aboriginal community to determine their thoughts on how they would like to see this site repaired.

From this consultation a preliminary concept plan was developed which visually demonstrates that converting the site into parkland with the inclusion of interpretation to acknowledge the history and represent the men buried there, is an appropriate way the site can be restored and recognised.

Restoration of the site requires substantial financial backing and support to ensure its implementation is a success. The Rottnest Island Authority supports the Rottnest Foundation which is seeking to form partnerships to raise funding to enable the appropriate repair and recognition of this significant site. Read more.

 

Cathedral Rocks is currently under construction

Under construction at Cathedral Rocks is the latest exciting section of the Rottnest Wadjemup Walk Trail project which will eventually open up a 50km walk around the Island.

The viewing platform, will provide a year-round intimate wildlife experience for visitors to learn about and observe New Zealand Fur Seals in their natural habitat.  To allow works to progress, access to the site will be closed between 10 October and 15 December 2014.

 

2015 Australian Geotourism Conference - 'Tourism Down Under'

Save the date for Tourism Down Under - the 2015 Australian Geotourism Conference, to be held from May 20-21. Conference topics will include the geo-tourism opportunities for WA, how to raise awareness of Western Australia's unique geo-heritage and a showcase of the world's best practice geo-parks. Download the conference flyer from the FACET website to find out more.

 

Thousands flock to island Carnivale - Western Suburbs Weekly, 7 October 2014

CROWDS at this year’s Rottnest Carnivale surpassed organiser’s expectations. Organisers anticipated about 5000 people at the event but as many as 7000 were recorded on the day. Carnivale supports Telethon and gave visitors a taste of what Rottnest Island has to offer, including activities, live music and the stunning natural environment. Read more.

 

Race for a reason - Western Suburbs Weekly, 7 October 2014

ENTRANTS will help the charity Autism West in the multi-sport Race around Rottnest on October 16. Organisers anticipate entrants could raise $10,000 for families affected by autism in WA. Registrations close on October 10 at  racearoundrottnest.com.au . Donations can be made at give.everydayhero.com/au/autism-west-race-around-rottnest

 

ROTTNEST ISLAND ANNOUNCED AS "AUSTRALIA'S TOP DESTINATION TO EXPERIENCE 2014" - Experience Oz, 30 September 2014

Rottnest Island Top Destination in Australia

The votes are in, and the people have spoken! Over the past three weeks, Experience Oz polled thousands of people via our email database and social media as to what they considered the "Top Destinations to Experience" in Australia for 2014, based on a variety of criteria. After much deliberation, we pooled the results, and have narrowed down the list to the Top 10. Read more.

 

 

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Top 10 best cycling trips in Australia - Andrew Bain, Traveller.com.au, 25 September 2014

Bikes on Rottnest Island. Photo by AlamyFor many Australians, thoughts of cycling trips conjure up only foreign images - French vineyards, Tuscan hills, Cuban beaches - but there are roads and trails in Australia that are just as enticing.

Though the vast distances of the open Australian highway may not appeal, there are numerous bike-friendly options that beckon right across the country. Here's our pick of the best cycling trips. Read more.


Telegraph Travel Guides app - The Telegraph, United Kingdom, 21 March 2014

Telegraph Travel's app promises to cut through the white noise to bring you only the very best of a destination. Written by resident experts, the free app offers innovative functionality and intuitive advice.

Want to make the most of your holiday? Let our award-winning experts help you explore the world's leading destinations with this must-have app. Selected by Apple as one of their “best new apps” after its launch earlier this year it currently includes New York, Amsterdam, Rome, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Malta and St Kitts among its destinations, with Barcelona, Edinburgh and Venice among those to follow.

Our resident experts have personally reviewed every attraction, restaurant, bar, beach and shop ­ to bring you only the very best the destination has to offer. Built with offline access in mind, the app is perfect for pre­trip planning and deciding your next move once you're on the ground. Read more.

Download the Telegraph Travel Application.


News Update: Testing results just in confirm Rottnest Island is safe for visitors - Greg Ellson, A/Chief Executive Officer, Rottnest Island Authority, 15 September 2014

"The RIA has advised that the small amount of material removed from Bathurst has been confirmed as white (Chrysotile) asbestos. The material was intact and non-friable. In this condition, it  was of very low risk to anyone staying in the units or passing by”.

“Our first concern is the safety and peace of mind of our visitors. When this material was reported, we acted immediately to fence off the area. As a precaution the site was fully remediated using a licenced asbestos management operator the following day.”

“I would like to reassure the public that the RIA has robust and effective asbestos management processes on the Island”. 

“It is regrettable that media reports have alarmed the public in this instance. Rottnest is safe for visitors” said A/CEO Greg Ellson.

News Update: No cause for alarm on Rottnest Island – Greg Ellson, A/Chief Executive Officer, Rottnest Island Authority, 12 September 2014

Read the Rottnest Island Authority media release


International win for two WA heritage projects - Hon Albert Jacob MLA, Minister for Heritage, 3 September 2014

rottnest-island-world-warII-coastal-defences

Two Western Australian heritage projects have been recognised in this year’s UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation.

Heritage Minister Albert Jacob said Rottnest Island World War ll Coastal Defences and Cape Inscription Lighthouse Keepers’ Quarters in Shark Bay received Honourable Mentions in the prestigious international awards. Read more.

 

 

Rottnest Island historic cottages open to the public - Emma Wynne, 720 ABC Perth, 26 August 2014

The Rottnest Island Authority will open up some of its oldest buildings this week, allowing the public inside cottages that date back to the 1840s.

When the Swan River Colony was founded in 1829, the British settlers were quick to make their way to the island the local Whadjuk Noongar people called Wadjemup, meaning 'the place across the water'.

Situated 18 kilometres off the Perth coast, in 1831 Rottnest was divided into land grants and several farmers began producing hay and harvesting salt on the land.

In 1838 the colonial authorities sent six Aboriginal prisoners to the island and a few years later the whole island was declared a prison for Aboriginal people. Over 3,700 Aboriginal people were held there until the prison closed in 1902. Read more.

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The Top 10 Things to Do in Perth and Surrounds - Experience Oz, 19 August 2014

Rottnest Island number 2 best things to do in PerthPerth is perhaps Australia's most up-and-coming capital, with a vibrant, modern atmosphere, pleasant weather and some outstanding natural surrounds making it a great all-round city for visitors both from the rest of Australia and abroad.

With an idyllic location that puts it in a position to garner the best aspects of coastal living and scenery combined with a verdant neighbouring wine region and some incredible geographical formations nearby, Perth is something of an unsung hero of Australian sightseeing. Read more.

 

What's best? Rottnest! - Erin Tyer, Woman's Day, 11 August 2014

Woman's Day articleOnly have two days to play? That's still time for an action-packed Perth minibreak complete with speedy side trips. You're there for a good time, not a long time!

All aboard the express ferry to ROTTNEST ISLAND, a natural gem 18km off the coast of Perth (rottnestisland.com). Docking on dry land, jump onto the hop-on-hop-off bus or hire a bike and explore using pedal power. However you roll, you’re guaranteed to spot a Rottnest native, the quokka. Read more.

 

 

 

Cruising Australia's wild west - Sean Thomas, The Times UK, 9 August 2014

Off the beaten track — six great adventures in Australia. Imagine a lovely Cornish island from an Enid Blyton book, yet bathed in Western Australia sunshine, inhabited by shuffling marsupial “rabbits” and blessed with brilliant Pacific seafood, and you’re halfway to a picture of pretty Rottnest Island, an hour’s ferry ride from Perth or Fremantle. Read more.

WA to host international ecotourism conference  - Minister of Tourism office; Minister of Environment office, 7 August 2014

WA’s marine parks to be highlighted and nature-based tourism to receive international attention at ecotourism conference. Read more.

10 Great Reasons to Visit Rottnest in Winter - Bonny Wells, Westernaustralia-travellersguide.com, 28 July 2014

Rottnest in Winter articleAlthough most people associate Rottnest with swimming, snorkeling and lazing on paradise white sand beaches under a hot summer sun, a holiday on Rottnest in winter is equally as relaxing and fun – just in a completely different kind of way.

If you're in search of the perfect cosy and re-energising getaway that feels worlds away from Perth and the city life during the cold months of winter, don't overlook Rotto. Read more.




Five go mad on Rotto - Matthew Mills, Primo Life Magazine, July edition

Rottnest Island article, Primo Life MagazineMatthew Mills takes the family over to Rottnest for the weekend and finds himself going back in time to the golden age of childhood

Way back when, in the days when we only had the two kids and they were tiny wee boys, not the hulking youths that we meet in the kitchen nowadays, I tried to introduce them to Enid Blyton. Read more.

 

My Getaway Contest: Perth is so enchanting - it was my perfect dream trip - Singaporeseen.stomp.com.sg, 10 July 2014 


My Getaway Contest visitorSiti had an awesome winter visiting islands and skyscrapers in Perth with her close friend.

Here is her entry for the My Getaway Contest: "I dreamed of a perfect trip, and there it was happening, during the winter season." Read more.

 

 

 

Wheel of a time in Rotto - Leyanne Baillie, The West Australian, 30 June 2014

Rottnest Islands roads and trailsThe last time I visited Rottnest, I promised myself the next time would be much more active and I wouldn't spend the majority of my stay lazing on the beach or veranda. I vowed that instead of just cycling the 4km loop which takes you from the Settlement out past Geordie Bay and back, I'd try the 10km and 22km routes. I'd do the Oliver Hill Gun and Tunnel tour, a Quokka Walk and the Wadjemup Lighthouse tour. Read more.



A tribute to WW1 at Rottnest - Lionel Lee, Weekend Notes, 26 June 2014

Relive the WWI History through Theatre and Exhibition.

Rottnest Island's "Capturing the Enemy" was included in Lionel's Australia-wide coverage of WWI events. Read the article here




Time for a recharge - Lisa Martin, Stuff.co.nz, 19 June 2014

Check out Rottnest Island's Weekend and Midweek Deals

There is nothing quite like a blazing red sunset through a cloud haze over the Indian Ocean.

With a picnic blanket under one arm and a bundle of fish and chips under the other, scope out a spot on Perth's Cottesloe Beach before daylight stages its disappearing act.

As the eastern states cool off over the autumn and winter months, smart travellers will be heading to west to thaw out in the balmy low 20 temperatures without that sticky humidity of the tropics.

Perth holds the mantle as Australia's sunniest capital, receiving an estimated 3000 hours of sunshine a year.

And with warmth comes the chance to tap into the city's affinity with water.

Thus we begin with a trek to Rottnest Island. Read more.


Popular Family Holiday Attractions in Australia - Lionel Lee, Weekend Notes, 17 June 2014

Leave the hustle and bustle behind with a family trip to Rottnest Island in Western Australia. A ferry ride from Perth or Fremantle will take you to this natural reserve with unspoilt beaches and an abundance of indigenous flora and fauna. With plenty to see and do, "Rotto" is especially popular with campers, surfers, snorkellers and cyclists from Perth and interstate. To protect this ecological attraction, no public vehicles are permitted on the island. You and your family will get plenty of fun exploring by bicycle and the many trails are also a great reason to walk. Read more.

Wartime images of Rotto on show - Kent Acott, The West Australian, 27 May 2014

Rottnest After Dark Series 2014 - Capturing The Enemy PerformanceFor 15 months at the start of World War I, Rottnest Island was used as an internment camp for about 1000 "enemy aliens", many of whom had lived in WA for much of their lives.

It is a little-known chapter in the island's extraordinary history that left many of the men - mostly former Croats and Germans - mentally scarred.

Now, their story has been brought to life in a photographic exhibition in the island's Salt Store. Read more.

Come and watch Capturing the Enemy, a gripping theatrical performance based on this period, proudly presented by Scooplight Theatre and Rottnest Island Authority.  

Australia's Hidden Gem: Rottnest Island - Jenna Rak, The Huffington Post, 17 May 2014

Rottnest Island photo by Bravo BravoIt's pretty easy to find yourself jealous of Australians when you find places like Rottnest Island.

Letting your mind wander to beautiful sunny beaches with attractive men surfing and saying "G'day mate" could become something of a hobby. Especially when you find a gem of a place like Rottnest Island.

It's so much more stunning than the name suggests. Better known as 'Rotto', the island is located just off the west coast of Australia across from Perth. Read more.

 

Back to business for Lucy - Vanessa Williams, The West Australian, 8 May 2014

Lucy DurackWherever Lucy Durack goes, her beloved pooch Takse tends to follow. But when the City Beach-raised star recently wed Chris Horsey in a fairytale wedding on Rottnest Island and then honeymooned in Bali, she was forced to leave the Maltese- cross toy poodle behind.

"We brought him with us to Perth but he couldn't come to Rottnest for the wedding because of the quokkas. So one of my sister's best friends moved into my parents' apartment to look after their dog, which is one of Takse's brothers," Durack says over the phone from Melbourne. "So they were well looked after."

Despite his absence, Durack laughs that Takse still made an appearance in their wedding snaps. Read more.

 

Segwaying into Rotto's past - Andrew Baillie, The West Australian, 24 April 2014

Fire Trail on Rottnest IslandRottnest Island should be about getting away from it all, about feeling the stresses and strains of the smart-phone age drain from you as the ferry pulls out of Hillarys or Freo — about going back to the simpler holidays of your childhood, when all you did was walk and cycle everywhere without having to worry about cars. Read more.

 

 

 

Lucy Durack and Chris Horsey’s storybook wedding on Rottnest Island - Linda Parri, PerthNow, 6 April 2014

Storybook wedding Rottnest IslandSO often the sparkling starlet of musical theatre, Lucy Durack appeared every inch the fairytale princess at her wedding to beau Chris Horsey at Rottnest Island yesterday. 
 
With her familiar dazzling smile, the WA sweetheart looked like she had just stepped out of a story book when the couple emerged from the Holy Trinity Church.

Setting off on a pedal powered rickshaw in the afternoon sunshine to their reception at Hotel Rottnest, the scene had `happily ever after’ written all over it. Read more.

 

 

 

 

Rotto to star in global ad campaign - Kent Acott, The West Australian, 3 April 2014

Tourism Australia Advertising Campaign

Rottnest Island will play a starring role in a new global advertising campaign based on the idea that Australia is "the world's greatest restaurant".

The "Restaurant Australia" campaign is an extension of Tourism Australia's "There's Nothing Like Australia" advertisements. Read more.

 

 

 

New Zealand's Joe Cooper claims Tour de Perth lead - Chris Robinson, PerthNow, 28 March 2014

UWCT RiderNEW Zealand rider Joe Cooper has claimed the Tour de Perth's yellow jersey after winning the 20km individual time trial around Rottnest Island. 
 
Cooper (Avanti Racing), who won the overall Tour last year, completed the circuit in 24min 9sec, finishing 46 seconds ahead of compatriot Michael Vink (Budget Forklifts).

The reigning Oceania time trial champion leads the Tour by four seconds over Tim Roe, who claimed yesterday’s Stage 2 win.

“It feels pretty good, definitely as exciting as last time,” he said. Read more.

 

Rotto winner's time just shy of record - Liam Croy and Elle Farcic, Channel 7, 22 February 2014

Paul Laver - Picture: The West Australian/Nic EllisDoubleview former triathlete Paul Laver, 29, has won the 2014 Rottnest Channel Swim in a time of 4:14:04, just 14 minutes shy of the all-time record.

Harnessing every breath of a 25km/h easterly, he completed the crossing 20 minutes faster than last year’s winner but could not match marathon swimmer Mark Saliba’s record of 4:00:15 set in 2000.

The Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club member reached land ahead of Benjamin Konschak, 27, a professional marathon swimmer from Germany who flew into Perth for the swim on Tuesday. Read more.

 

Perth: Spoiled rotten for choice - Kate Roff, The New Zealand Herald, 5 February 2014

Rottnest Island NZ Herald photo

Off Western Australia's coast, Kate Roff finds a wild but friendly island.

Rottnest Island's 63 beaches host gorgeous sealife to enthral snorkellers and some have the goods that surfers seek.

An hour's boat ride from mainland Western Australia, Rottnest Island is a very accessible paradise. Read more.

 

Perth Australia - Best Day Trips - Lara White, White Events Perth, February edition

Jetstar Asia Inflight MagazineRottnest Island was recently featured in Jetstar Asia's Inflight Magazine as one of Perth's best day trips! Read more

 

 

 

Exploring Western Australia - Day Trips From Perth - Petra Shepherd, Huffington Post, 24 January 2014

Rottnest Island featured in the Huffington Post UKWith more hours of sunshine than any other capital city in Australia, it's no wonder that Perth has been voted as one of the world's most liveable cities. However, if you've travelled all the way to Western Australia and let's be honest, it's a long way from anywhere, you won't want to be tied to a city. Read more.

 

 

 

Path funding to link Rotto lakes - Denise S. Cahill, Western Suburbs Weekly

RIA look at plans to link lakesTHE Rottnest Island Authority (RIA) is in the design stages of a $493,000, 6km path network that will link the island’s lakes. 

Using funding from Lotterywest ($100,000) and the RIA ($125,000), the authority plans to start work in March and finish in mid 2014.

RIA Marine and Terrestrial Services manager Roland Mau said the RIA was still seeking external sponsorship to complete the project, which helped it win a gold Sustainable Tourism medal at the recent WA Tourism Awards. “We are working with the Department of Parks and Wildlife to make sure we are using the right material,” Mr Mau, of Mosman Park, said. Read more.


Marvin Baumiester wins the Lighthouse to Leighton
- Seabreeze, 17 December 2013

Lighthouse to LeightonLooks like long distance racing and doing laps around a course are very different things if Marvin Baumeister’s performance is anything to go by at this weeks Lighthouse to Leighton event in WA.

Winning in record time, Marvin crossed the stretch of open ocean between Rottnest Island and Leighton Beach in a time of only 23minutes (That’s an average speed of almost 50km/h!) to beat fellow German, Florian Gruber over the line. Read more.

 

Rottnest Island: Perth’s playground - Fleur Bainger, Australian Geographic, 17 December 2013

Australian GeographicJust 18km off the coast of Western Australia, Rottnest Island is a much-loved summer retreat for the residents of Perth.

TO MANY WEST AUSTRALIANS, Rottnest is like a second home. Rotto, as they call it, is only a 25-minute ferry ride from Fremantle (not including loading and disembarkation), so it takes no time before the skin is slopped with sunscreen, the hair is crusted with salt and the smiles are as wide as the island’s turquoise bays.

The warmest months of the year are understandably the busiest – ferries are bloated with a mix of day trippers and holiday makers dragging eskies, wheeling bikes and pushing prams. For a more sedate trip, trip over on the shoulder seasons before school holidays, when the weather is still ideal, thanks to the Leeuwin Current flowing by and keeping the atmosphere and ocean an average of two degrees warmer than the nearby mainland. Read more.

New way to see Rottnest Island - In My Community, 17 December 2013

Segway Tours Rottnest IslandSEGWAY tours of Rottnest Island have begun.

Segway Tours WA director Owen Williams started his second segway tour in WA – the first was in Perth CBD in October – on December 6.

There are 15 segways available with 10 people per guide with two tours – Kingstown Explorer and the Fortress Adventure. Read more.

 

The Fin Blue Line - Sarah Motherwell, Western Suburbs Weekly, 3 December 2013

Blue Fin LineABOVE Perth’s beaches, from Yanchep to Mandurah and out to Rottnest Island, the Surf Life Saving helicopter crew are Perth’s eyes in the sky. Read more.

 

 

 

 

 

Conifer reproduction highly variable across WA - Timothy Oliver, Science Network Western Australia, 2 December 2013

Rottnest Island CypressPart of the research was conducted in Western Australia on two common species of cypress, Rottnest Island cypress (Callitris preissii) and a swamp-growing cypress, Callitris glaucophylla.

Murdoch University researcher Dr Philip Ladd says serotiny – an adaptation in which seed release occurs in response to environmental triggers – is extremely variable in West Australian cypresses. Read more.

 

Rottnest Bike Hire Wins Award - In My Community, 26 November 2013

ROTTNEST Island Authority holiday activities manager Jody McDonald attributes an increased offering and faster service to the Bike & Hire Rottnest’s recent WA Tourism Awards win.

Rottnest Bike and Hire win awardThe hire place won a gold medal in the Specialised Tourism Services category.

“We’ve made the bike hire more self-serve and it’s much easier,” Ms McDonald said.

“We’ve also increased our recreational offering with scooters, skateboards and fishing rods and lines." Read more.

 

 

 

 

Island Course Open - Western Suburbs, 19 November 2013

Golf Course OpeningThe Rottnest Island Authority (RIA) launched the $1.4 million improvements to the Rottnest Island Golf Course last Friday.

Existing and new members as well as visitors teed off for the first official tournament on the nine-hole course that has new grass greens, tees and fairways.

Golf Oracle director Nigel Williams, who will lease the course for at least the next 15 years, said it was such a quiet place where people could visit to escape. Read more.


 

Presets Headline Rotto Concert Series - Tyler Brown, In My Community,19 November 2013 

The Presets on Rottnest IslandWHILE half of The Presets duo might have a more subdued idea of what the “ultimate Sunday session” is, for many people it is watching these two guys producing their music on stages around the world.
“The ultimate Sunday session is an easy one for me,” Kim Moyes said.

“It’s wake up late, have a late lunch and a couple of bottles of wine and maybe a DVD.

“I guess I’m showing you just how boring I can be.”

But come Sunday, December 15, Moyes and Julian Hamilton will be putting together the ultimate Sunday session when they launch Rotto Live. Read more.

 

Rotto Ready for Leavers - In My Community, 19 November 2013

ABOUT 1500 school leavers will descend on Rottnest Island next Monday for three days.

Leavers will get free access to the island’s water fun park, musical entertainment and sausage sizzles during the annual pilgrimage.

Rottnest Island Authority chief executive Paolo Amaranti said that over the years, the authority had learned what Leavers wanted.

Mr Amaranti said there was entertainment, safe houses, sausage sizzles all night and “we keep them hydrated for free”. Read more.

 

Grass is Greener for Rotto Golf Fans - The Australian, November 15, 2013

Renovated Golf CourseIn line with its policy to expand year-round recreational experiences on Rotto, the Rottnest Island Authority has completed its major upgrade of the course to give visitors an exciting new experience. 

The Davey Shearer redesign includes new grassed tees and realigned fairways, plus large grass putting greens. RIA chairman John Driscoll said they hoped the redevelopment would attract more visitors to the island but the upkeep of the course would be a challenge. 

“11kms of reticulation pipes will keep the tees, greens and fairways green all year round," he said. 

“Five thousand cubic metres of sand were taken from the dune blow out at Parker Point and trucked to the site, supporting cut and fill of 8,885 sqm of greens and tees. Read more

 

Artist Showcases Rottnest Magic - In My Community, 12 Nov 2013

Artist Brian SimmondsWITH paintings that take on the appearance of photographs, it is little wonder artist Brian Simmonds, of Duncraig, enjoys creating themed books out of his work.

Following the success of his last book The River, depicting pictures of the Swan River, Simmonds has taken his art to WA’s favourite holiday island, compiling a number of artwork into his new book Rottnest. Read more.


Rott Up Dog Held On Rottnest Island This Weekend 
- Sadie Davidson, PerthNow, 8 November 2013

RottUp Dog Yoga EventWA fitness fanatics won’t have to spend a small fortune to travel to a distant yoga retreat this weekend.

Yoga-inspired sports brand Lululemon will be hosting a free one day yoga getaway on Rottnest Island on Sunday featuring everything from stand-up paddle boarding lessons to an island-wide scavenger hunt.

The company’s first yoga and healthy lifestyle event, Rott Up Dog, will combine fun, creativity, sun, surf and music and encourage sun-lovers to celebrate WA while inspiring them to live a healthier lifestyle. Read more.


75 Years Since Rotto Gun Testing
 - Steve Butler, The West Australian via Yahoo!7 News, 25 October 2013

Project 2013The 75 years since the thunderous first testing of the Oliver Hill gun on Rottnest Island have not blunted the vivid memory of the occasion for former Australian army serviceman Arthur Carbon.

It was soon after his 18th birthday in 1938 that he watched that blast from the 9.2-inch gun battery. He returned to Rottnest last weekend to celebrate the recently restored gun's anniversary. Read more.


Presets for Pleasure Island
 - Simon Collins, The West Australian via Yahoo!7 News, 17 October 2013

Presets to play on RottoLast weekend the Presets played to 70,000 music lovers at Mexico's biggest festival. The weekend before that, they played clubs in Japan and China. Where to next?

The answer is, of course, Rottnest Island.

The ARIA Award-winning Sydney electronic duo, consisting of vocalist Julian Hamilton and producer Kim Moyes, will kick off the Rotto Live concert series on December 15.  Read more.


Fears for 'privatised' Rottnest
 - The West Australian via Yahoo!7 News, 16 October 2013

Broadening the privatisation of services on Rottnest Island could push the cost of a family holiday there out of reach of average West Australians, the State Opposition warned yesterday.

Broadening the privatisation of services on Rottnest Island could push the cost of a family holiday there out of reach of average West Australians, the State Opposition warned yesterday.

Fremantle Labor MP Simone McGurk said Rottnest Island Authority staff members had been advised that the RIA planned to privatise several key services on the island, including accommodation, tours, transport and bike hire.

Tourism Minister Liza Harvey said the Government remained committed to ensuring Rottnest was accessible to all in the community. Read more.

Opposition Warns on Rotto Privatisation Push - The West Australian via Yahoo!7 News, 15 October 2013 

Rottnest ArrivalPrivatising key Rottnest Island services could push the cost of a family holiday out of the reach of average West Australians, the State Opposition has warned.
 
Privatising key Rottnest Island services could push the cost of a family holiday out of the reach of average West Australians, the State Opposition has warned.

Fremantle Labor MP Simone McGurk said Rottnest Island Authority staff had been advised that the Government planned to privatise several key services on Rottnest.

These included accommodation, tours, transport, bike hire, the golf course and country club, the Fun Park, Kingstown Education Centre and boat moorings on the Island. Read more.


Rottnest snipe is a flamingo-related stilt
- WA Today, 11 October 2013

As summer approaches one of Australia's most enigmatic birds is winging its way to the Perth area.

The banded stilt is thought by some ornithologists to be related to the flamingo, although its general appearance is like other stilts.

And although it was first recorded in 1816, it was not observed breeding until 1930, when a colony was discovered at Lake Grace, some 345km south-east of Perth. Read more.

Monopoly Launches Perth Board Game Edition - The West Australian via Yahoo!7 News, 8 October 2013

Monopoly Perth Board GameA Perth edition of the Monopoly board game has been launched, with Kings Park taking the coveted Mayfair spot.

The Perth edition of the popular game was unveiled on Tuesday at the world heritage-listed Fremantle Prison.

Through Facebook, Perth residents chose the 22 landmarks that replaced the famous London streets on the original board.

The Perth edition seems to be marketed at tourists, with destinations including The Bell Tower, Fremantle Prison, Cottesloe and Scarborough beaches, Rottnest Island, Perth Arena, Paterson's Stadium, Perth Zoo, Adventure World and Crown Perth. Read more.

 

Pedal Power Puts You On Right Path - Kent Acott, The West Australian via Yahoo!7 News 6 October 2013

Pedal Power Rottnest IslandPerth is built for cycling -

"In putting together this book, I have gone riding with all levels of rider, from one of the top female road cyclists in the world to my mate David who left a long barbecue lunch on Rottnest Island to grab his old rusted bike, stick on a pair of thongs and knock our nearly 30 windy kilometres with me. Read more.


Relishing the Retro Charm and Ravishing Beauty of Rottnest Island - 
Terence Carter and Lara Dunston, grantourismotravels.com, 17 September 2013

Globetrotting travel writer and photography team Lara Dunston and Terence Carter are on a contemporary and constant grand tour of the globe. Read what the seasoned travellers have to say about the slice of paradise that is, Rottnest Island.  

"Ah, Rottnest Island. Yes, that’s the sound of a deep sigh. Sapphire coloured ocean wherever you look, sheltered aquamarine coves with crescents of creamy sand, windswept grassland fragrant with wild rosemary, ospreys building nests upon craggy cliffs, salty winds whipping your sun-kissed cheeks, and wherever you go, seagulls squawking overhead". Read more.

Rottofest PerformersRottofest Wraps 5th Annual Festival with Record Attendance - Broadway World, 10 September 2013

Rottofest wrapped up its fifth annual festival with record attendance, as over 2000 punters, comedians, musicians, and filmmakers descended upon Rottnest Island to enjoy a weekend of comedy, film and music on 7 and 8 September.
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Rottnest Island Trench  featured in National Geographic Documentary Series - 9 September 2013

The new six-part local series Australia: Life On The Edge travels to Western Australia to explore the state’s coastline over three stunning episodes: The Midwest Coast, Perth and The Kimberley Coast. Read more

Underwater treasure off Rotto
Discover the Rottnest Island Trench on Science Network Western Australia. Read more.


Rottofest Lineup Announced and Tickets On Sale Now! 

Comedy with ChopperRottofest, the annual weekend festival of comedy, film and music on Rottnest Island has announced its biggest lineup yet, with over 30 comedy performers and 20 music acts set to perform across 5 venues on the island from Saturday 7 September to Sunday 8 September 2013.

The fifth annual Rottofest will feature the finest musicians, comedy filmmakers and stand-up comedians from across the country.

Headline comedy acts this year include Heath Franklin’s Chopper, Greg Fleet, Tahir (Fat Pizza), Steady Eddy, Joel Creasey and Smart Casual as well as local improv favourites The Big Hoo Haa. Read more

Early Bird Tickets are on sale until 7 August 2013 from www.rottofest.com.au

Check the Festival Guide for full line-up and festival locations.


Millions Spent on Rottnest Revamp - The Weekend West, 11 August 2013

Calls for better accommodation and facilities on Rottnest have been answered. It will be a new-look Rottnest when holidaymakers arrive on the island this summer...Read more

Happy Quokkas Go Global - The West Australian via Yahoo!7 News, 10 August 2013

Is this the world’s happiest animal? Photos of quokkas — including one sleeping and another with a “smile” — have gone viral and prompted websites worldwide to declare WA’s unique marsupial the world’s happiest inhabitant.

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 A Guide To Attractions And Things To Do In Rottnest Island -
I2Mag,  29 July 2013

 

Rottnest Island offers many unique natural attractions and exciting tours and activities. It's Western Australia's all-family premier island. Read more


 Pacific Asia Travel Association announces Year 18 winners
- eTN Global Travel Industry News, 25 July 2013

Pacific Asia Tourism Association Gold Award Winner 2013BANGKOK, Thailand - The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 PATA Gold Awards. Proudly supported and sponsored by the Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO), for the last 18 years, this year's awards recognize the achievements of 22 separate organizations and individuals.

Ms. Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, Director, MGTO said;

Our hearty congratulations go out to all PATA Gold Awards 2013 winners. The list of PATA Gold Awards 2013 winners fully reveals the great dynamism of the Asia Pacific travel and tourism industry. The innovation and excellence brought by the winners will inspire the rest of the region to do more and better through this meaningful PATA awards program.” Read more.

P.A.T.A. Gold Awards - Pacific Asia Travel Association

P.A.T.A. Announces Grand and Gold - Travel Daily News

A Commitment Recognized Jetwing Lagoon Wins P.A.T.A. Award - eGlobal Travel Media

To view images from the 2013 P.A.T.A. Awards - Click here


Rottofest 2013 Brings the Laughs and the Tunes - Cory Zanoni, artsHub Australia, 24 July 2013

Fancy a weekend of laughs and dance on Rottnest Island? Perfect. Rottofest 2013 is for you.

Spread over five venues and two days (7–8 September), 30 comedy acts and 20 musicians and bands will descend onto the island to offer up some of the best entertainment Australia can offer.

Their headline comedy acts feature a slew of familiar faces. Heath Franklin’s Chopper is the big draw. Franklin debuted his version of Chopper in 2006 and has since produced two sell-out shows: Chopper’s harden the f*ck up in 2007 and Make deadsh*ts history in 2008. His latest outing, The (s)hit list, has been well received.

The music line-up offers up a similar level of thrills. Read more

 

Rotto businesses want ferry subsidy - The West Australian via Yahoo!7 News - 13/07/2013

Rottnest Island business owners have thrown down the gauntlet to the State Government, urging it to consider a subsidy on the growing cost of a ferry ticket to attract more people to the holiday island.

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Wind farms in Western Australia: a page of Wind in the Bush

Information on Windfarms in WA. Read more


Getaway to feature Rottnest Island
 

Cycling on Rottnest

Getaway will be featuring yours truly - Rottnest Island. Sit back and relax as Jules Lund takes you on a guided tour of everything the beautiful island has to offer.

Don't miss it - make sure you're watching Getaway on Channel 9 at 5:30pm on Saturday 29th June 2013

Check out the teaser now. Click here.


Holiday island a baptism hotspot  - 
The West Australian,  23/06/2013

More parents are going to great lengths to get their children into Perth's popular Catholic schools as competition intensifies for places and availability declines because of WA's growing population.
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Rotto holiday ballot to go - Kent Acott, The West Australian, 21 June 2013

The ballot system used by generations of West Australians to secure a summer holiday on Rottnest Island is to be scrapped... Read more

For more booking and ballot information. Click here.


Kingsotown Barracks Hostel, Rottnest Island 

by Michelle MacFarlane, Brisbane writer and busy mum of two boys

Hostel Family RoomWe recently spent five nights staying in a family room at Kingstown Barracks Hostel on Rottnest Island, and I can recommend it if you're looking for comfortable budget accommodation on the island -- in a handy location.

"I needn't have worried. Kingstown Barracks proved perfect for our purposes and the base for one of our best family holidays", says Michelle MacFarlane, Brisbane writer and busy mum of two boys. Read more

 


CALLOUT FOR FILMS NOW OPEN AND WIN A VIP TRIP TO ROTTOFEST 2013! - 17 June 2013  

Rottofest CrowdRottofest, Western Australia’s only ‘overseas’ festival that you don’t need a passport for, is calling for comedians, funny people and filmmakers from across Australia to submit comedy short film and filmed sketch entries for this year’s Festival to be held on Rottnest Island from Friday 6 September to Sunday 8 September 2013. 

The fifth annual Rottofest will be a weekend of film, comedy and music, which celebrates the finest musicians, comedy filmmakers and stand-up comedians from across the country.

This year, filmmakers and fans of comedy alike could also win a VIP package for themselves and three friends to Rottofest 2013 by coming up with a funny idea and submitting a three-panel storyboard. Read more

Rottnest Island Campground

by Michelle MacFarlane, Brisbane writer and busy mum of two boys

Rottnest Island Campground

As most Perth residents know, accommodation on Rottnest Island is in hot demand during the summer holidays, and many people miss out on the accommodation that they'd like.

When we decided to visit Rottnest during our recent December holiday from Queensland, our onlychoices were the Rottnest Island Campground or Kingstown Barracks Hostel.

The first thing to say about the campground is that it's in a handy location. Read more


Rottnest Island To Host HIF Pro Am Series Final
- Surfing Australia News, 12 June 2013

Jake Paterson Surfing CompetitionSunSmart presents the Health Insurance Fund of Australia (HIF) Pro Am Series 2013, to be held on Rottnest Island Saturday 15th - Sunday 16th June 2013.

Proudly supported by West Coast Suspensions, Creatures of Leisure, Otis Eyewear, 3D Fins, Rottnest Island Authority, Rottnest Express, Pelagic Marine Services and Surfing WA.

Western Australia's best open aged surfers are in the final stages of preparation for the third and final event of the Health Insurance Fund of Australia (HIF) Pro Am Series presented by SunSmart to be held at Strickland Bay on Rottnest Island... Read more

Missed the surfing event on Rottnest Island last year? You can watch the 2012 event highlights here

Click here for more information on this or any other WA surfing events.


Island holiday destination just plain home to Selena - Western Suburbs Weekly, 11 June 2013  

Selena Mikulandra - Beaconsfield Primary School Island CampusFOR years Rottnest Island has been an isolated holiday destination for tourist and Perth locals but for Year 4 Beaconsfield Primary School student Selena Mikulandra all her life it has just been home. 

The nine-year-old has lived on Rottnest with her parents and younger sister Phoebe since she was born. 

“I was almost born here but we had to go to the mainland,” she said. Read more


Got Quokkas? Exploring Rottnest Island  The Education Abroad Network 7 June 2013

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Students inspired by geo challenge - The Gazette, 16 April 2013 - Read article

Geo caching challenge Rottnest IslandSCOTCH College Year 6 students are among about 200 youngsters who will take part in a Geo-Challenge on Rottnest Island this Wednesday.

Teams of up to three students will be let loose on the island with a GPS system and series of questions that will lead them to 49 geo caches placed around the island.

Once they reach the spot, they simply mark the quiz sheet to earn points.

Rottnest Island Authority Community Engagement coordinator Rebecca Chaffer said the aim of the Geo-Challenge – a partnership between the RIA and Nature Play WA, sponsored by HBF – was to encourage children to enjoy the outdoors.


The Weavers of Wadjemup  
- The Koori Mail, 8 May 2013 - Read article


The Bee's Knees: WA researchers saving the world
 - WAtoday News, 7 May 2013

The world is facing the possible extinction of an insect that underlies the production of one third of all food: the honey bee.

Dr Barbara Baer and Professor Boris Baer at their University of Western Australia labReports are coming from the United States of dramatic losses in honey bee populations and one region of China was so decimated by pesticides that bees can no longer exist and workers are paid to pollinate crops by hand.

But two University of Western Australia researchers, featured in the recently-released documentary More Than Honey, might hold the key to saving the bees.

"You need a lot of workers in China, or in Australia, to get that type of pollination done.

"In simple words, we cannot do it without bees, without an insect pollinator..."  Read article

Buggy for Rottnest 

City Beach resident Malcolm Hawke has donated a modified golf buggy to the Rottnest Island Authority to ensure disabled people can enjoy the island as much as he does. Read more


Good Life despite tough conditions

Acclaimed Australian artist Melissa Egan did not have to venture far for inspiration for her latest collection of evocative paintings. Read more

Secret Charms of RottnestSecret Charms of Rottnest

There's this mottled slab on the horizon visible from Perth's coastline. Locals gaze at it dreamily, sighing as if thinking of a lost love, yearning to be reunited. "Ah, Rotto," they say with a gentle smile. "I wish I was over there again." Read More


Oliver Hill Battery

Editor Denise Cahill talks with Harriet Wyatt about new conservation and restoration works being done to the Oliver Hill Battery.

Click here to view the video on You Tube.


Rottnest relic restoration begins

Denise Cahill, Western Suburbs Weekly, 2 May 2013

RESTORATION work has started on Rottnest Island’s H2 Gun and adjoining tunnels.

The WWII relic, built at the island’s Oliver Hill to protect Fremantle Port, will be ready for celebrations to mark 75 years of artillery history on Rotto later this year.

Rottnest Island Authority cultural heritage services manager Harriett Wyatt said work should be finished by next month in plenty of time for the November celebrations.

“It’s really auspicious that these works have come together this year,” Ms Wyatt said.

“For the past five years, we have been planning some really important conservation work that includes keeping the guns in good condition and restoring the paint work.”

The State Government provided funding for the restoration.

“The visitors who come up here really enjoy the experience and a lot of school groups come through,” Ms Wyatt said.

“Unfortunately, a lot of people are unaware that the guns, tunnels and tours are here.”

There are only a handful of the WWII guns, which have a 29km firing range, left in the world and two of them are at Rottnest.

Oliver Hill tours will be modified and trains will not run during the restoration that is expected to take eight weeks.


Highlights from Woodside Tour de Perth on Rottnest Island

For the latest news and information in the media about Rottnest Island, see the following links to various online articles published in March 2013. 
 

Rotto winter campaign a winner - the West Australian. Rotto a winner
A campaign to attract visitors to Rottnest during winter was a winner at Australia's prestigious annual tourism awards night, WA's only success at Australia's prestigious tourism awards.  

Perth visit inspires Irish authorPerth visit inspires Irish author - The West Australian.
When one of Michelle Jackson's best friends announced her family was moving to Perth, the Irish author had no idea that would provide the inspiration for her next book.

Listen live travel showThe Travel show with Glenn Wheeler, featuring our very own shock jock - Peter Hill, Manager Holiday Services talking about Rottnest!  Well done for being so coherent at 6.00 a.m. in the morning our time, Pete! Listen to The Travel Show: Jan 27


Repeat of Who Do You Think You Are episode on 19 February 2013 – SBS One.

Melissa George left her suburban Perth home at theMelissa George age of 16 to pursue an acting career in Sydney scoring early success as a regular on the TV soap series Home and Away. Now 35, she lives in New York and has an international film and TV career.

Melissa has a sense of a number of secrets being held back, of things not talked about, even a sense of some shame. Her journey takes her first to Rottnest Island to investigate a case of suspected abuse of a prisoner in a colonial gaol. Along another branch of her maternal family tree, Melissa seeks to uncover the truth behind the arrival of two of her great grandparents in Australia as child migrants. In both cases there are family myths of who was, and who wasn’t, an orphan. Melissa discovers the truth, learning how these myths have masked the grim reality of a tragic tale of heartbreak and abandonment.

“Their stories are revealing, sometimes shocking and always emotional” -Feast Magazine 01/03/12

Skipper Dylan (Rottnest Express) Living the Dream - Western Suburbs Weekly.

Did you know there used to be a roller skating rink on Rottnest? - Western Suburbs
Palmyra residents and former Happy Days Roller Skating Rink owners Gordon and Ivy Sayers at Rottnest.

Caroline Thomson Cabins made far cosier - Western Suburbs Weekly - Features our very own Accommodation Manager, Jonathan Mason.

Geordie’s fills a niche - Western Suburbs Weekly

Rottnest’s newest venture - Western Suburbs Weekly

Hoodoo Gurus at Hotel Rottnest - Western Suburbs Weekly

Swapping shores articleSwapping Shores - The Weekend Australian Magazine 
Our nation is surrounded by Islands. Here, in our annual travel issue, is our selection of the best to visit… and of course Rottnest is one of them.  See article on the Isle of Caprice. Sun, cycling and Singapore.

Rottnest Swim teamSwim team to stamp authority
FOUR Rottnest Island Authority employees have been spending their lunch breaks training for this weekend’s Rottnest Channel Swim, to raise money for the whale-saving vessel Sea Shepherd.

From Rome to Rotto - Western Suburbs Weekly.

Kirsty’s Rottnest Swim for Charity - Western Suburbs Weekly.

Gavin Pearce – double lung transplant set to swim to Rottnest - Western Suburbs Weekly.

Swimming for love of Findlay - Western Suburbs Weekly.

Coastal Protection and Rehabilitation Project at Henrietta Rocks, Rottnest Island

by Clinton Hull

The Rottnest coastline is Western Australia’s major tourism destination and valued for its outstanding bays, beaches, and the variety of recreational opportunities it offers in an A-class Reserve.

The popularity of its coast with visitors has led to the formation of ad-hoc access paths to the beach leading to coastal erosion and degradation. This issue was of particular significance at Henrietta Rocks, a popular snorkel site, as these tracks channelled surface water run-off and aggravated erosion at the site resulting in destabilisation of the dune system and damage to the natural native vegetation of the area. The resulting sand drifts need to be regularly removed off the adjacent road to reduce visitor risk safety issues... read more

Monsignor Sean O'SheaTributes for island treasure
The West Australian via Yahoo!7 News - 11/12/12 01:11
Much-loved Rottnest priest Monsignor Sean O'Shea has died, aged 87, after more than 50 years of service on the island.


 

Old-fashioned service at new Rotto cafe

Read more..The West Australian via Yahoo!7 News - 18/12/12 01:33
After sitting idle and empty for two summers, Rottnest Island's Geordie Bay Cafe is ready to bounceback to life with a new owner, new menu and old-fashioned good service.

New wave of Kiwis call WA home
The West Australian via Yahoo!7 News - 16/12/12 14:53
Read moreA group of regular visitors from New Zealand have decided to move permanently to WA - and they have chosen Rottnest Island as their new home.


 

Rottnest adds Simmos to holiday line-up
Busselton Dunsborough Times via Yahoo!7 News - 07/12/12 14:07
Dunsborough's favourite ice cream maker, Simmo’s, is set to cater to more holidaymakers in WA, with a new store open on Rottnest Island.

Rotto kitesurfers rip into Leighton
The West Australian via Yahoo!7 News - 15/12/12 18:14
Conditions were “perfect” for the third annual Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton kitesurfing race, which was taken out by Mosman Park real estate agent Jonathan Keys.

WA's best beaches make a splash
The West Australian via Yahoo!7 News - 05/11/12 08:54
With summer looming, WA beaches have again been put on the map.

Rotto swim entries hit record high
The West Australian via Yahoo!7 News - 14/11/12 12:39
The 2013 HBF Rottnest Channel Swim has attracted the highest number of registrations in the event's history, including a record 237 solo swimmers.

New steps

Leavers stranded on Rottnest due to huge swell
ABC Updated November 30, 2012, 8:58 am
     
ABC © The Rottnest Express ferry has been cancelled due to dangerous swell (file).Hundreds of West Australian school leavers are stranded on Rottnest Island after ferry services were cancelled due to dangerous weather.

Swells of up to seven metres are expected in waters between Fremantle and Rottnest today.Official leavers celebrations end today but those on the island may have to spend an extra night.

The Rottnest Island Authority's Paolo Amaranti says they will be taken good care of and parents should not panic.

Leavers Stranded"We're advising leavers to notify their parents that they are all ok, we're looking after them," he said.

"They can stay in their accommodation, there'll be no charge if they stay an extra night, but we will do everything we can to ensure they're still enjoying themselves while they're on the island."

Authorities will reassess the weather situation each hour.

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