Marine News


ADAMS Coachlines have released a discounted rate on Boatie Passes for the 2016/17 season

Day travel on the Island just got easier and cheaper thanks to ADAMS. In addition to discounted day and season passes for Boaties, ADAMS are also offering an additional discount on season passes for Hotel Club Members, down to just $70. 

A 9:00pm bus service will run on Friday and Saturday nights, allowing you to enjoy dinner and a drink or two before returning to your boat. 

The Geordie Bay Bus remains complimentary.

Please see updated rates below. We hope to see you on the Island soon...



Closure of Waters to Mariners due to Wildlife Protection

Acting pursuant to the powers conferred by Regulation 38B of the Rottnest Island Regulations 1988, the Rottnest Island Authority hereby closes the following waters to all vessels, excluding approved vessels, for an indefinite period from Tuesday 14 April 2015.

Cathedral Rocks All the waters contained within the boundary positions of:

  • 32.01916°S  115.45041°E
  • 32.01974°S  115.45065°E
  • 32.01980°S  115.45138°E
  • 32.01927°S  115.45245°E
  • 32.01892°S  115.45238°E
  • 32.01883°S  115.45104°E

View map of water closure.

It has been necessary to close these waters to all vessels to protect the fragile New Zealand fur seal colony. Special in-water markers sign posted “Boating Prohibited” have been deployed marking the boundaries.

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution and maintain a safe clearance when transiting this area.


Beach anchor points - Geordie Bay and Thomson Bay South

The Rottnest Island Authority in collaboration with Club Marine and Boating Western Australia (BWA) has installed ten (10) beach anchor points for visitors to the Reserve. Five (5) points are located just south of the Hotel Jetty in Thomson Bay and five (5) at the most eastern end of Geordie Bay.

The beach anchor points are most suitable for vessels less than 8 meters in length that can beach anchor. Users will need two lines to secure their stern to each point which is shared with their neighbour and deploy their anchor seaward.

Users can adjust the amount of line out to best suit tide and weather conditions. The use of these facilities is free and are used on a “first in best dressed” basis.

Read more about the Beach Anchoring System in Thomson Bay and Geordie Bay.


Boating Management Strategy

Rottnest Island is the leading tourism destination in Western Australia much-loved by Western Australians who make up over three-quarters of regular visitors, and equally popular with interstate and international visitors. Approximately 500,000 visits to the Island each year include around 185,000 by private boat.

Following public consultation last year the Boating Management Strategy will be implemented as a sub-strategy of the Rottnest Island Management Plan, and operate alongside other strategies that address tourism and recreation, terrestrial, and cultural heritage management within the Rottnest Island Reserve.

Download the Boating Management Strategy 2014 (5.58MB)


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