The West End redevelopment is one of nine Rottnest Island tourism infrastructure projects funded by the Federal Government's allocation of $17.2 million for Tourism Icons program. Rottnest Island Authority intends to significantly improve visitor experience, interpretation and facilities at West End.
The West End is the western most point of Rottnest Island and hosts several significant environmental, recreation and historical sites. It is a place of reflection and learning about the environment, the aboriginal cultural heritage and human endeavours. The full force of the Indian Ocean is felt on the West End and the powerful ocean, cliffs and ruggedness is an attraction to many visitors to the island.
The concept plan completed by PLAN E has resulted in highly sympathetic site layout attuned to the local environment and includes a new transport hub, a significant visitor node and gathering spaces, an ablution building and new shelters, seating, access pathways, bins and bike racks. New lookouts with universal access paths also make the most of the dramatic coastline, sweeping Indian Ocean views and interpretation opportunities enhanced with interpretive artwork. Bespoke design and sympathetic materiality enhance this significant and unique site, in keeping with the sites strong sense of place.