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Rottnest Island

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 information for people with disabilities

Access to Island facilities

Within the Thomson Bay settlement there is ramp access to the Visitor Centre.

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 Island Pedal & Flipper 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.

Motorised wheelchairs are available to hire from Pedal & Flipper, phone +61 8 9292 5105. Manual wheelchairs are available to borrow (with a small bond payable) 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: 

  • The driver must have the appropriate driver’s license in order to drive the buggy with its hand controls.
  • A carer is the only permitted passenger the driver can take with them; other visitors can take the Hop on Hop off Island Explorer bus service and meet at various vantage points.
  • Prior to your visit, the RIA will need to view a copy of the driver’s license and process an Island driver’s license for you.
  • The driver is require to take a short orientation/safety meeting with a Supervisor from the RIA Tours Office which will acquaint you with the most suitable circuit to get optimal viewing of the Island.

For further details regarding the Disability Buggy or to make a booking please call (08) 9372 9749.

Guide Dogs

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 Rottnest Island Reservations on 08 9432 9111 if staying in Rottnest Island accommodation. 

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 Rottnest Island Reservations 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.