Rottnest Island’s Wadjemup Bidi walk trail project completed


RIA Park Services manager Clint Hull  and Rottnest Foundation chairman Jeff King at Wadjemup Trail at Rocky Bay. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d482852
RIA Park Services manager Clint Hull and Rottnest Foundation chairman Jeff King at Wadjemup Trail at Rocky Bay. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d482852

ROTTNEST Foundation chairman Jeff King knows Rottnest Island like the back of his hand having visited all his life, but he has only just discovered his two favourite bays.

The fifth and final section of the Wadjemup Bidi, a 45km walk trial around Rottnest that was finished last month, between Rocky and Marjorie bays, is Mr King’s favourite spot on the island.

He has been part of the steering committee for the project since it started more than four-and-a-half years ago.

“We had a fantastic steering committee which the Foundation chaired and it was made up of members of the Rottnest Island Authority (RIA), Rottnest Society, the Winnits, Conservation Volunteers and the Rottnest Volunteer Guides Association,” Mr King said.

“We met on a regular basis over that period and talked about ideas and how to source funds for the project.”

A map of the walk trail.

Each section of the trail has an Aboriginal name.

RIA Park Services manager Clint Hull said they consulted with the traditional owners of Rottnest so each section had a connection to the island.

“They are named in relation to the aspect so whether it’s a sunrise, a sunset or an area of significance or connection.”

The project cost $4.2 million with BHP contributing more than $550,000 and the State Government and Lotterywest awarding several grants, while Rottnest Express provided free ferry services to volunteers who worked on the trail.

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