A Class act

Rottnest Island is a Class A Reserve renowned for its high conservation and community values. It is deserving of the greatest degree of protection and therefore all plant and animals on Rottnest Island are protected by law. But what does this really mean?

Rottnest wildlife

Rottnest Island is a Class A Reserve. The marine and terrestrial environments are protected for both recreation and conservation. All flora, fauna and landforms are protected for both purposes of conservation and recreation. This protection zone includes the Island itself, which measures 11km by 4.5km at its widest point and about 1900 hectares in area and it's surrounding marine environment.

Take nothing but photos and leave nothing but footprints.

Fishing is an exception to this principle; however the Department of Fisheries rules and regulations, plus some other specific rules apply, including the existence of 5 marine sanctuary zones at key locations around the Island.