Marine News

Temporary Closure of Waters to Boating - Thomson Bay, Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim, 25 February 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 24 February 2017 to 1800hrs on Saturday 25 February 2017.

Between Ferry Jetty and Fuel Jetty
All waters with 25 metres of the shoreline.
Authorised Vessel: Powered support vessel displaying a 2017 Karma Resort Rottnest Channel Swim sticker.

Between Fuel Jetty and Hotel Jetty

Swim Channel
All waters to a point 38 metres on the southern side of the Fuel Jetty extending in an easterly direction encompassing the following moorings:
Ranger; TB063; TB062; TB072; RIA015 Hire; TB078; RIA016 Hire; TB056; TB100; TB319; TB053; RIA005 Hire; TB051; TB081; RIA017 Hire; TB200; South Cardinal Marker (115° 32.836’E 31° 59.79’S); TB091; RIA028 Hire;RIA009 Hire; TB077; TB322; TB058; TB060.
Authorised Vessel: bona fide emergency vessels

South of Swim Channel
All waters starting 38 metres south of the Fuel Jetty extending 110 metres in a southerly direction following the foreshore and 25 metres east
Authorised Vessel: bonafide emergency vessels.


North of Hotel Jetty
All waters north of the Hotel Jetty extending 51 meters in a northerly direction and 25 metres east.
Authorised Vessel: bona fide emergency vessels and competitor’s support paddle craft displaying a 2017 Karma Resort Rottnest Channel Swim sticker.


South of Hotel Jetty
All waters south of the Hotel Jetty extending 51 metres following the foreshore in a southerly direction and 25 metres east.
Authorised Vessel: bona fide emergency vessels and tenders <3.75metres in length.

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 further advised that due to the close proximity of the swim channel to fuel dispensing facilities, supplies will not be available between 10.00am to 5.00pm on Saturday 25 February 2017. 

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


Temporary Closure of Waters to Boating - Thomson Bay, Swim Stars of the Bay, 26 February 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 0900hrs and 1030hrs on Sunday 26 February 2017.

Thomson Bay (North) Between Ferry Jetty and Stark Jetty
All waters between the Stark Jetty and Ferry Jetty extending eastwards from the foreshore following a line along the southern side of Stark Jetty to a position 31° 59.675E and 115° 59.675S , then head south to a position
31° 59.705E and 115° 32.526S and finishing at a point on the Ferry Jetty at 31° 59.710E 115° 32.528S.

Exemption: Authorised support craft and bonafide emergency response vessels

These restrictions have been put in place due to ensure safety of swimmers competing in the Swimming Champ of the Bay for children.  Event safety craft will be patrolling the area to guide passing vessels.  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.


Temporary Closure of Waters to Boating - Thomson Bay, John Farhnam, 12 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, between 0:01am on Sunday 12th March 2017 to 9.00am Monday 13th March 2017.

Thomson Bay
All the waters within 25 metres of the shoreline, from the Fuel Jetty to 66 metres south of the Hotel Jetty. Together with waters encompassing the Hotel Jetty from a point 44 metres north of the Hotel  and 25 metres from the shoreline to the northern most tip of the Hotel Jetty; along the eastern face of the jetty then to a point in the water 25 metres from the shore line in the water 66 metres south of the Hotel Jetty.

Tenders (max vessel length 3.75m) are permitted to access the beach starting from the Fuel Jetty to a point 140 metres south towards the Hotel Jetty.

Due to the large number of persons attending this special event the closure has been introduced to assist in the management of people and vessels to ensure 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.


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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