Quokka Birthday September Activities

 September on Rottnest is packed full of fun and activities for the whole family. 

Quokka Questions with Rottnest Rangers

Did you know that the name ‘Quokka’ comes from the name given to the animal by the Aboriginal people living in the Augusta and King George Sound area of the south-west of Western Australia? Or that Quokkas generally spend most of the day sleeping and resting under shady bushes?

Find this out and more as you learn about the curious behavior and habits of the Quokkas and the other incredible Island wildlife from one of our Rottnest Rangers.




Sat 4 Sep


Frankies on Rotto

Sun 12 Sep


Frankies on Rotto


Quokka Photography Workshops

Learn the tips and tricks to capturing fabulous photos of Quokkas and their joeys. Join Alex Cearns (www.houndstoothstudio.com.au) , professional animal photographer and author of The Quokka’s Guide to Happiness, for a fun and informative session on how to capture fabulous photos of the happiest animals on the planet – the Quokkas!




Wed 8 Sep


Picture Hall

Bring any sort of camera

Wed 22 Sep


Picture Hall

Bring any sort of camera

Sat 25 Sep

12 to 4pm

Meet outside the Visitor Centre

bring a DSLR or mirrorless camera.


Quokka Spotting & Beach Bonfire

Saturday 18 September | 5:30am to 7:30pm

Discover what our furry friends get up to when the sun goes down, followed by a bonfire on North Thomson beach! The celebrations start early for those staying on Rottnest Island the night before the Quokka Birthday Party.

Head to North Thomson beach shelter to join in a 45-minute Quokka Spotting tour at dusk. Bring your torch and keep your eyes peeled for our cheeky friends. After the tour settle in on the sand at North Thomson. Toast marshmallows over the bonfire or pop into one of the Settlement cafés or restaurants for a takeaway meal.

The events are free to attend, however you will need to register for the Quokka Spotting tour. There are two tours to choose from, departing at 5:45pm or 6:45pm.

If you wish to only attend the bonfire, simply head to the beach at North Thomson from 5:30pm.

Quokka Detective Treasure Hunt

1 to 30 September 2021

You’ve seen their adorable faces, but did you know that Quokkas love a good riddle and make incredible detectives? In celebration of their birthday, our friends have put together a treasure hunt so you can join in on one of their favourite games!

To play, all you need to do is visit Rottnest Island during the month of September and head to the locations listed online to find the answer to each puzzle. Plus, every child aged 12 and under who completes the treasure hunt will receive a special gift! Simply pop into the Rottnest Island Visitor Centre to show your completed clues to receive your prize*.

*Terms and conditions apply.

Event program subject to change. 

Quokka Birthday Party 

Sunday 19 September | 10am to 3pm

Don’t miss the celebration of the year! The event is the highlight of the Quokka Birthday festivities, and everyone is invited to join us in welcoming the newest generation of Quokka joeys as they leave the pouch for the first time.

Don't forget to RSVP

Party Central, Main Stage, 11.15am – 11.45am

Learn what a ‘Day in the Life’ of a Rottnest Island Ranger looks like, including how they take care of the Island’s unique flora and fauna. Our Rangers will also be roving the party area throughout the day, ready to answer your questions about Quokkas and more.


West Oz Wildlife

Main Stage, 1pm to 1:45pm

West Oz Wildlife are so passionate about wildlife education and conservation. Come and hear them speak about all things Quokkas!


Sing Happy Birthday to the Quokkas

Main Stage, 2pm

It wouldn’t be a birthday party without a group singalong to wish our little friends many happy returns for the year ahead.

Meet Happy the Quokka

10am to 3pm

Happy the Quokka has already sent in his RSVP and is so excited to meet you all. Will you be joining him to celebrate this special event?

DJ Music and Party Games

10am to 3pm

It’s not a party without some games and dancing tunes! And we’ve got quite the line-up of fun in store for you, including loads of chances to win prizes.


Sign the Quokka Birthday Card

10am to 3pm

Your presence is enough of a present for our friends the Quokkas! But if you’d like to leave a little message or a warm wish, you can do so on our giant birthday card.


Quokka Shop

10am to 3pm

Head to the pop-up Quokka Shop at the Rottnest Foundation marquee to pick up some limited edition quokka-themed items, from eye masks and playing cards to plush toys and lots more.


Quokka Hop Walking Tours

10am to 2pm (every hour)

Take a guided walk around the Rottnest Island Settlement to learn about the life of the Quokkas.


Arts & Craft Activities

Party Central, 10am to 3pm

What if Quokkas were green? Or yellow? Get creative and find out for yourself colouring in Quokka drawings or making your own Quokka mask in the arts and craft tent.


Sandcastle Building & Workshops

Thomson Bay Beach, 10am to 3pm

Professional sand sculptor and artist, Jenny the Sandcastle Girl and her team will create a special Quokka Birthday party castle and help kids to create their very own sand sculpture.


Kingdom of the Quokka

Picture Hall, 10am, 12pm and 2pm

Settle in at the Picture Hall to watch Rottnest Island Kingdom of the Quokka. The documentary reveals the secret life of Quokkas, along with the incredible story of the lifecycles of the other wildlife on the Island.


Storytelling Time

Joey’s Nook, 10:30am and 2:45pm

How did Quokkas get to Rottnest? For sure they didn’t swim, but Storyteller Glenn Swift thinks he knows another way they came. Glenn’s stories are suitable for all ages, and you can get up and help act them out if you like!

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