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Closure of Waters to Boating - Sufferfest Event 11 and 12 November 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:

Saturday 11 November 2017 - 0800hrs to 1300hrs

Sunday 12 November 2017 - 1100hrs to 1700hrs

Thomson Bay


All the waters within 48 metres of the shoreline, from south of the Hotel Jetty extending in a southerly direction 551 metres.  The seaward side of the boundary is bounded by the following moorings: TB120, TB123, TB149, TB344, TB174, TB183, TB182, TB280, TB347, TB041, TB042, TB090 and TB303.

Tenders (max vessel length 3.75m) are permitted to cross over the closed waters when safe to do so to gain access to the foreshore but not transit along closed waters.

Vessel are permitted to secure to the above mooring providing they do not swing into the closed waters during the specified times.

During the specified times a number of swimming races will be conducted as part of the “Sufferfest 2017” and these restrictions have been introduced to assist in achieving swimmer safety.

A number of event patrol vessels will be monitoring the area to ensure compliance and safety.

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

View the full Gazettal Notice here and the course map here



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. 

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.


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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