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Temporary Closure of Waters to Boating - Thomson Bay, Port to Pub, 25 March 2017

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 as set out below between 1200hrs on Friday 24th March 2017 to 1800hrs on Saturday 25th March 2017.

Thomson Bay

Between Ferry Jetty and Fuel Jetty

All waters with 25 metres of the shoreline.

Exemption: Authorised emergency response vessels and powered support vessel displaying a 2017 Port to Pub competitor’s sticker.

North of the Hotel Jetty

All waters commencing 43 metres north of the Hotel Jetty to the southern side of the Fuel Jetty following the foreshore extending 25 metres in an easterly direction.

Exemption: Authorised emergency response vessels, competitor’s support paddle craft displaying a 2017 Port to Pub competitor’s sticker and vessel tenders less than 3.75 metres in length.

Swim Channel

All the waters within and bounded starting from a point on the foreshore 43 metres north of the Hotel Jetty extending in the easterly direction encompassing the following moorings and their associated swing room:

TB271,TB068,TB069, TB093, RIA HIRE024, TB086, TB245,TB319,TB053, TB051, RIA HIRE 017, TB200, TB351, TB040, TB332, TB320, TB081, TB080, TB073, RIA HIRE 005, TB084, TB079, TB085, TB087, TB088, TB101, TB096, TB092, TB095, TB094,to the southern most eastern point of the Hotel Jetty including the entire Hotel Jetty.

Exemption: Authorised emergency response vessels

South of Swim Channel

All waters along the foreshore to a point 135 metres south and extending 25 metres east.

Exemption: Authorised emergency response vessels and vessel tenders less than 3.75metres in length.

General

To assist mariners, the Rottnest Island Authority will have float lines in place identifying the above areas.

These restriction have been put in place due to the unusually large number of vessels and people entering the Reserve and the need achieve public safety. Appropriate signage will be placed on site and a map showing these restrictions is available here.

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


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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