Volunteer at Rottnest Island off Perth

off the beaten path, Things to Do — By Amanda Kendle on May 31, 2010 at 11:29 am

One of Perth’s best features is the fact that Rottnest Island is less than an hour’s ferry ride away – it’s such a relaxing paradise of a place, yet so close to the “big smoke”. And while most tourists visit “Rotto” just for a day trip, I always tell everyone who’ll listen that you haven’t experienced Rottnest until you’ve stayed at least one night there, and preferably longer. Once the day trippers go back to the mainland you really see how relaxing Rotto can be.

Recently I’ve discovered another great way to enjoy Rottnest – by working as a volunteer. The Rottnest Island authorities run a volunteer program with several different ways you can get involved with helping out on the island. Animal lovers can offer to take part in the frog and osprey monitoring programs, or more practical people can help out with the repainting of the heritage wall along the sea front. There are also special days where you can help out with tree planting on various parts of the island.

Volunteer vacations are becoming increasingly popular across the world, although they’re often in developing countries and for stays of weeks or months, but I think it’d be a great idea to spend just one or two days seeing Rottnest and at the same time helping out the locals. When you’re planning your Perth trip, see if you can coordinate with the Rottnest volunteer organisers to help out somehow, and I’m sure it’ll make your stay on Rottnest even more enjoyable, if that’s possible!

Tags: Rottnest Island, volunteer vacations


  • Jenny Millward says:

    I am looking for some volunteer work that will help with my depression, and also help the people I volunteer with.
    I am an older woman, with lots of ex-skills. I am a good keyboard operator, I have babysat my grandchbildren, for a couple of years. I am physically fit. Fairly.

    I don’t know how good I am with animals. Bit scared i think, but would like to give it a try,

    I am on a pension, and was wondering if there would be any cost involved.

    Yours sincerelyh
    Jenny Millward
    phone: 9371 2703 mob: 0405670880

  • Amanda Kendle says:

    Jenny, I don’t know for sure about costs – I’m pretty sure they cover your ferry ticket though – but you should contact this person:
    RIA Volunteer Coordinator on +61 08 9372 9736 or email sally.sneddon@rottnestisland.com
    Good luck!


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