In The Community

In the Community

We take pride in giving back to Rottnest Island and the WA community. Over more than 50 years of operation, Rottnest Express has consistently demonstrated its commitment to supporting worthwhile community projects, charities and events.

One of the key WA charities that we proudly we support is Telethon, a charity dedicated to improving the lives of children and young people in WA. Together with the Rottnest Island Authority, Rottnest Express has supported Telethon for the past five years, which has resulted in raising in excess of $180,000. The primary fundraising activity of this partnership is Telethon Tuesdays, a promotion offering heavily discounted ferry fares with part proceeds donated to Telethon. We have also recently introduced donation buckets on our ferries, so passengers can easily donate to Telethon. Our partnership with Telethon has recently been renewed for another two years.

We support The Rottnest Foundation in their efforts to conserve the natural environment of Rottnest Island. In 2015 alone, Rottnest Express provided approximately $30,000 of in-kind support for volunteers to visit the island to work on the first phase of the new Wadjemup Walk Trail, a 50-kilometre network of integrated trails that will ultimately showcase the island’s unique wildlife, heritage sites and scenic vantage points. We have recently agreed to continue our support of this exciting project for the next three years. We also provided support for the foundation’s fundraising calendar, and by selling Rottnest Foundation memberships, which has resulted in a dramatic increase in uptake.

We also support Rottnest Volunteer Guides by providing them with free travel so they can offer visitors in-depth information about the island’s unique natural environment and fascinating history through tours and activities.

Other organisations we support include:

  • Lord Mayor’s Bushfire Appeal
  • Clough Foundation
  • Kalparrin
  • Playgroup WA
  • Red Cross
  • Make A Difference Foundation
  • Royal Flying Doctor Service
  • School fundraisers
  • Sporting organisations
  • Rotary clubs


Attracting thousands of visitors to Rottnest Island each year, events result in increased visitation to the island and an injection of revenue to the local economy.

We support and assist in the promotion of the following events at Rottnest Island:

  • Rottnest Carnivale
  • Rottofest
  • Rottnest Channel Swim
  • Port to Pub
  • The Brooks Rottnest Marathon and Fun Run
  • Swim Thru Rottnest
  • Race Around Rottnest
  • Concert Series
  • Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton

Please refer to our sponsorship guidelines for further information about applying for Rottnest Express sponsorship.

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