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Closure of Waters to Boating -New Year's Eve Fireworks - 30 December 2017 - 1 January 2018

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 bona fide emergency and authorised vessels, between 1200hrs Saturday 30 December 2017 and 1200hrs on Monday 1 January 2018

Thomson Bay - All the waters within;

  • 250metres radius of position 115° 33.24E 31° 59.84N, and
  • 100 metres radius of position 115° 33.121E 32° 02.26N (Ranger 4 Emergency Mooring)

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

View the full Gazettal Notice for Fireworks here and the map here. 

View the full Gazettal Notice for Beach Party here and the map here


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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