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Aboriginal Culture & History

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this content contains images and names of individuals who have passed away.


Visitors are also advised that this content contains material, including historical names and images, which relate to the island’s prison era and may be confronting and/or challenging.

The Rottnest Island Authority does not endorse the language and views of the past, and sincerely apologises for any distress this content may cause.

A deep connection to land

Wadjemup is the land of the Traditional Owners, the Whadjuk Noongar people, who have an enduring cultural and spiritual connection to the land and waters.

Learn more about Aboriginal culture

Paying your respects

Visitors to the island are encouraged to enrich their understanding of the Aboriginal perspective on the island. Pause, reflect and pay respect at the Koora-Yeye-Boordawan-Kalyakoorl (Past-Present-Future-Forever) sculpture at the end of the main jetty, learn more about the significance from a local Noongar guide on a Go Cultural tour, and visit the Wadjemup Museum to learn more.