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West End linked to Wadjemup walk trails

  • Five trails of the 45km Wadjemup Bidi on Rottnest Island are now open
  • Community collaboration helps deliver project at nearly 50 per cent under budget 

The final section of the Wadjemup Bidi project is now open, completing the 45 kilometre network of walk trails on Rottnest Island.

Ngank Wen Bidi takes in the far reaches of the island's scenic West End.

For the first time, visitors will have formal access to the stunning Rocky Bay and Marjorie Bay. The trail also takes visitors past the colony of New Zealand fur seals in the waters at Cathedral Rocks, and onto the rugged coastline of Cape Vlamingh and Fish Hook Bay.

Planned as a five-year $8 million project, the five Wadjemup Bidi sections were delivered in four and a half years at $4,317,941.

The project also received $210,000 from the Australian Government as part of the Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure Program 2014-18.

Aboriginal interpretation elements were incorporated into the design and construction, with artwork, audio and signage offering cultural insight along the trail.

Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia:

"Wadjemup Bidi connects the island's unique natural features, abundance of wildlife and rich cultural heritage.

"The project was marked by an unprecedented level of co-operation and support from the community with volunteers, corporate partners, the Aboriginal community and government working together."

Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:

"Wadjemup Bidi is a low-impact trail which uses environmentally sensitive, long lifespan composites and materials made from single-use plastic bags for walkways, stairs and signage.

"The trail will greatly reduce environmental damage from visitors making their own way across coastal habitats and scrub heath while providing formal, safe access to this remarkable coastline."

Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5600

Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800

Last modified on Thursday, 19 April 2018 15:14