The island could again be cleared to make way for quarantining arrivals after the Premier was blindsided by plans to double the maximum number of Aussies allowed to return to WA.
The State’s worker shortage outside metropolitan Perth has become so bad that even Rottnest Island’s luxurious new glamping resort is struggling to find locals willing to roll up their sleeves.
WA travellers to Rottnest Island have made up for the shortfall of international and interstate guests since the state of the pandemic — a far cry from its quarantine island status in June.
The Perth Mint has released 30,000 of the happiest looking coins in the world, in tandem with a month-long celebration of the quokka.
Peter de Kruijff
After three nights on the iconic tourist island, Ben Harvey lists his favourite and least favourite things about Rottnest, and looks at why it consistently fails to deliver despite being so expensive.
Paul Papalia has renewed calls to improve backpackers’ facilities and wants a five-star Rottnest Lodge to bring more young people to the holiday island.
After more than a decade, Rottnest Island’s latest luxury hotel, Samphire Rottnest, is set to open its doors in October. Get your exclusive sneak peek here.
Tourism Minister Paul Papalia has proclaimed Rottnest Island “open for business”, saying thousands of West Australians had already booked to holiday in the home of the quokka.
Adults should be allowed to purchase vaping devices and liquid nicotine, while a helmet-free zone for cyclists should be trialled on Rottnest, according to a parliamentary committee report.
When Perth pharmacist Angela Cheaib put her hand up to help nearly 200 cruise ship passengers in quarantine at Rottnest Island, she didn’t realise she would spend two weeks in an “eerie ghost town”.
The COVID-19 nightmare for Australians being released from isolation in WA today will continue with officials revealing there isn’t enough interstate flights to get the Vasco da Gama passengers home.
West Australians from the Vasco Da Gama cruise ship currently in isolation on Rottnest Island will be free to return home in time for the Easter weekend.
WA passengers from the Vasco da Gama cruise ship isolating on Rottnest say they are in ‘paradise’ compared to their interstate counterparts.
Danielle Le Messurier
Nearly 200 West Australians aboard the Vasco da Gama have begun their transfer to Rottnest this morning as they face two weeks in isolation on the holiday island.
Peter De Kruijff
The vessel’s 200 West Australians are set to be transferred by private ferry to WA’s island paradise today or Monday, where they will spend the next fortnight in mandatory isolation.
Josh Zimmerman and Carmelle Wilkinson
Rottnest Island will be transformed into a COVID-19 quarantine zone by Monday when it is expected to house hundreds of passengers from the incoming cruise ship Vasco da Gama.
Passengers infected with COVID-19 aboard the Artania cruise ship will not be allowed to set foot in WA, Mark McGowan has assured the public.
Peter Law, Josh Zimmerman and Peter de Kruijff
Rottnest holidaymakers and residents say they were blindsided by the State Government’s decision to shut down the island with many out of jobs and so with nowhere to live.
Everyone currently on Rottnest, including staff and residents, are being ushered off the holiday island after the State Government announced it was to make it ‘available, if needed’.
West Coast’s McIntosh, Wilson and Matera had been set to battle Fremantle’s Burton, McManus and Ibbotson in the Port to Pub Ocean Swim to Rottnest Island.
One of Rottnest Island’s major operators wants to bid for a new lease to expand the Rottnest Lodge, increasing the number of rooms by 33 per cent.
Update: Two people have been taken to hospital after being struck by boat propellers in separate incidents this afternoon.
Syan Dougherty and Joanna Delalande
A 49-year-old swimmer was pulled from the water during the Rottnest Channel Swim this afternoon suffering from hypothermia.
A 60-year-old concreter who survived a building site collapse at Rottnest Island is leaving hospital after just five days - and he knows he’s very fortunate.
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