Access information for people with disabilities
Disability Access and Inclusion Plan
The Rottnest Island Authority has also made a number of commitments to continue to provide and improve services and facilities for people with disabilities, their families and carers.
A Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2012-2017 (DAIP) was adopted in July 2012 and provides a planned approach to progressively improve access to services provided.
Access to Island facilities
Within the Thomson Bay settlement there is ramp access to the Visitor Centre and Museum Gift Shop.
Wheelchair accessible toilets are located near the shopping precinct, on Henderson Street, and also close to Aristos Waterfront Rottnest and Hotel Rottnest on Bedford Avenue.
Aristos Waterfront Rottnest and the Dome Cafe, situated in Thomson Bay with beautiful views back to Fremantle and Perth, cater for people with a mobility impairment. Access to Aristos Waterfront Rottnest is at the same level as the footpath and the Dome Cafe is accessed by a ramp from the footpath. The Hotel Rottnest beer garden is on street level, making it accessible for everyone. There is an access ramp to the Main Bar when entering through the main gates, Bedford Avenue.
There is ocean access via a ramp into the water at Thomson Bay, north of the Visitor Centre. At Geordie and Longreach Bay there are steps leading down to the beach and no ramp. Beach access in general is difficult for people with mobility impairment, however the Authority is continually implementing planned improvements over time.
Beach wheelchairs and electric motorised buggies are available for hire from Rottnest Bike Hire and can be booked in advance on +61 8 9292 5105.
Transport and Tours
If you use a wheel chair and would like to go on one of our bus tours, or travel to one of the outer bays, please email the Visitor Centre or call +61 8 9372 9732 in advance to confirm the availability of the bus with wheelchair lift. The train to Oliver Hill Gun Battery is accessible for people in wheelchairs, but the tunnels below the guns have many stairs in a narrow stairway. The beautiful view from the top of Oliver Hill and the Rottnest Voluntary Guides' commentary can still be enjoyed.
Visitors wishing to use auxiliary powered bicycles on Rottnest Island must apply in writing to:
Chief Executive Officer
Rottnest Island Authority
PO BOX 693 FREMANTLE WA 6959
or email a request.
Motorised wheelchairs are available to hire from Rottnest Bike Hire, phone +61 8 9292 5105. Manual wheelchairs are available to borrow from the Visitor Centre, phone +61 8 9372 9730.
Rottnest Island disability buggy
Rottnest Island now has a disability buggy for use by visitors that are permanently confined to a wheelchair - thanks to a generous benefactor.
The buggy is available to book for a period of 3 hours, is free of charge to visitors, and has the following conditions of use:
For further details regarding the Disability Buggy or to make a booking please call (08) 9372 9749.
Guide dogs are of course welcome on the Island. For further information and assistance please contact the Rottnest Island Rangers in the first instance, on 08 9372 9788 or 08 9372 9797. Please also remember to advise your date of arrival to your ferry operator, and to Central Reservations on 08 9432 9111 if staying in Rottnest Island accommodation.
Eight units have been renovated for ease of access for people with mobility impairment. These are located in Central Thomson Bay (2 units), Geordie Bay (1 unit), Longreach Bay (3 units), Bathurst (1 unit) and Thomson Bay South (1 unit). Full details of facilities in these units can be emailed or faxed to you upon request. Please call the Customer Contact Centre on 9432 9111 (1800 111 111 for WA Country callers) or email your enquiry.
Further accommodation is available at Kingstown Environmental Education Centre. Please call +61 8 9372 9780.Accommodation bookings may be made up to a year in advance for unit accommodation and six months for Kingstown Barracks, and to avoid disappointment it is suggested that bookings be made no less than three months in advance of the date required.