Emergency Services

Emergency information and important contact numbers you should take with you as you travel around Rottnest Island.  

Emergency Contact Numbers

Fire / Police / Ambulance (life threatening cases) - 000
Fire / Police / Ambulance from GSM mobile phone - 112
Royal Flying Doctors Service (emergencies only) - 1800 625 800
Rottnest Island Visitor Centre - +61 8 9372 9730
Rottnest Island Visitor Centre (after hours) - +61 8 9372 9728
Rottnest Island Rangers - +61 8 9372 9788
Island Facilities Management Contractor - 1300 044 534
(for Lessees and their residential staff to report incidents)

Non-emergency Contacts

Rottnest Island Nursing Post - +61 892925030
Police - 131 444
Mainland Ambulance (non-emergency transport from ferry to hospital) - +61 8 9334 1234
Fire Services of WA (general enquiries) - 1800 199 084
State Emergency Services - 1300 130 039
Department of Immigration - 13 18 81

For a comprehensive list of hospitals on Western Australia, visit the Department of Health.

Automated External Defibrillators (AED)

Rottnest Island Authority has installed five automated external defibrillators (AED) in key areas on the Island.

They are located at:

  • Kingstown Barracks
  • The Mall
  • The Basin
  • Geordie Bay shopping complex
  • Rottnest Island Fire Station

The defibrillators were purchased with the assistance of the Rottnest Island Foundation and a St John Lotterywest Heart Grant.

Please note that in the event of an emergency on the Island, dial 000 and follow the prompts.  If the incident is a cardiac-related medical emergency, the 000 operator will provide a code to unlock and use the AED.

The AEDs are registered with St John Ambulance WA and their locations are listed on their First Responder mobile app. Everyone who has received first aid training is encouraged to download it to their mobile phone or tablet.

We also encourage everyone to download the Emergency+ app. This app uses the GPS functionality built into smartphones to provide location information including GPS coordinates and street address, which assists in an emergency. For more information visit https://emergencyapp.triplezero.gov.au/


Rottnest Island Nursing Post

Rottnest Island Nursing Post is located at 2 Abbott Street, within the Thomson Bay Settlement Area and is open to residents and visitors throughout the year.

The Nursing Post is staffed by a nurse practitioner/clinical nurse manager, two clinical nurses and an administration assistant. The nursing team is supported by a doctor over the busy summer period and during winter school holiday weekends. During other peak periods, the Rottnest Island Nursing Post receives additional medical support from Fiona Stanley Hospital Emergency Department Consultants. 

Visitors can head to the Nursing Post in the case of accidents and emergencies as well as primary healthcare services, including x-rays, limited medication supplies and pathology collection.

The Nursing Post also has access to a specially-equipped ambulance to retrieve patients when necessary.

For further information, visit the Rottnest Island Nursing Post information page on the Fiona Stanley Hospital website or download the Rottnest Island Nursing Post Fact Sheet (PDF 40KB).


Opening Hours:

Daily: 8:30am to 4:30pm

After Hours: A registered nurse is on-call for emergencies.

After hours calls are referred to HealthDirect and following a telephone assessment, patients may be directed to the on-call registered nurse for treatment.


There is currently no pharmacy available on Rottnest Island. 

Visitors are reminded to bring adequate supplies of essential prescription medications and a small first aid kit. Non-prescription medicines are available at the General Stores.