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Witness Stand – Wadjemup

A Perth Festival Commission.

Across a city connected by its river, Witness Stand is an invitation to sit, listen and reflect together at special sites of cultural and historical significance along the banks of the Swan River and Rottnest Island.

On a tiered seating stand at the ancient mouth of the river at Wadjemup (Rottnest Island), you're invited to sit and experience a sound work that tells the timeless stories of Whadjuk Noongar country and the interruptions of colonisation.

Spend the Day

Make a day of it and explore some of Perth's most pristine beaches and natural beauty. Afterwards, take the opportunity to learn more about the Island's cultural heritage at the Wadjemup Museum and dine at one of the local cafés or restaurants before making your way to the Natural Jetty at Kingstown Barracks to experience Witness Stand at 5:30pm.

With no admission fees to the Island when you travel by same-day ferry return after 2pm, take the opportunity to learn more about Rottnest Island while you’re here.


This is a free event however you must book your ticket to attend as capacity is strictly limited.

Book your tickets here.

Please note the Witness Stand performances from Saturday 6 February to Saturday 13 February 2021 were cancelled following the latest advice regarding COVID-19. Tickets that had already been purchased are still valid and Perth Festival will be in contact directly regarding rescheduled dates.  See further information at the Perth Festival website.

Dates & Times

The event begins at 5:30pm and runs for 60 minutes.
  • Friday 19 February
  • Thursday 25 February
  • Friday 26 February
  • Saturday 27 February
  • Thursday 4 March
  • Friday 5 March
  • Saturday 6 March
  • Thursday 11 March
  • Friday 12 March
  • Saturday 13 March


Witness Stand takes place on the beach near the Natural Jetty, on the foreshore of the island’s most eastern point which is a short walk from Kingstown Barracks.

To access the grandstand, walk to the end of Kingstown Road past chalet 153 and down onto the beach. The grandstand is located 200m across the beach through soft sand.

Getting to the Event

By Foot or By Bike
Kingstown Barracks is a 20-minute, active walk from the Settlement, along Kingstown Road. Gophers and wheelchairs are available for hire to get around comfortably on the Island.

Visit Pedal and Flipper to book bike hire or accessible transport options.

We encourage attendees to wear warm clothing and bring a hat, water and sunscreen. Please wear comfortable shoes suitable for uneven surfaces and natural tracks.

In the event of a high tide, you may need to remove your shoes and be comfortable traversing the beach barefoot.

Extra Information
The closest accessible toilets are located in the Kingstown Barracks, across from the Kingstown bus stop.

Ferry Travel

With late return ferries, you can watch Witness Stand as the sun sets, then return to Fremantle or Hillarys in the evening.

Ferries depart the Island on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:30pm and 10pm.
Please note, there are no late return ferries on Thursday nights, so this performance is only suitable for visitors staying overnight or who have their own boat.

Ferry travel is not included in your ticket, so don't forget to book your ferry travel

Sensitive Material Warning

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visitors are advised that these performances contains references to historic events and stories that some viewers might find confronting or disturbing.