Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Minister for Tourism; Racing and Gaming; Small Business; Defence Issues; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests

    Celebrating an Australian icon - the Quokka

    14/08/2019 9:05 AM
     
    • Inaugural Quokka birthday celebrations on Sunday September 15 from 10am
    • Free travel and island admission for kids from Friday September 13 to Sunday September 15
    • Quokka's play an important part of the conservation of Rottnest Island

    To celebrate Western Australia's much-loved Rottnest Island local, a universal quokka birthday will be held each September.

     

    Rottnest Island is inviting everyone to come and celebrate the world's happiest animal at the inaugural quokka birthday on Sunday September 15.

     

    The quokka has become a national icon, but as the only native mammal to Rottnest Island, they are also an important part of the conservation of the A-Class Reserve.

     

    To celebrate the quokka's birthday, there is free travel and free Island admission for children 12 years and under from Friday September 13 to Sunday September 15 and adult return tickets from $50.  It's the perfect time of year to see the baby joeys emerging from the pouch, making a great day out for families to learn more about the quokkas.

     

    Discounted accommodation is also on offer, with prices starting from $229 for a two-bedroom unit, which can sleep up to 6 people, with a 4pm check-out.

     

    There are also plenty of free quokka activities to celebrate - walking tours, a quokka detective scavenger hunt, movie screening, tips on how to take the perfect quokka selfie and the opportunity to learn from experts on key quokka facts and what's in place to protect the quokka.

     

    The Rottnest Island Authority works tirelessly to protect the quokka and recently completed the first part of its quokka monitoring program which is supported by the Rottnest Foundation and Margaret River Chocolate Company's chocolate quokka.  

     

    Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia:

     

    "This is going to be a wonderful way to celebrate the happiest animal on the planet and a much-loved Western Australian local - the quokka - and we are encouraging as many families as possible to take advantage of the travel offers.

     

    "An added bonus will be discounts on Rottnest Island Authority accommodation with special one-night deals with late check out.

     

    "The McGowan Government is committed to ensuring our popular tourist destinations such as Rottnest Island continue to be enjoyed by local people. And this is an outstanding example of this commitment.

     

    "Apart from celebrating the Quokka we also want families to learn about this unique animal and its native environment which make, Rottnest Island a tourism destination of national significance."

     

    Minister's office - 6552 5600