Facilities

Rottnest offers a range of facilities to help you maximise and enhance the island experience for all boat operators:

Beach anchor points
There are 27 beach anchor points for visitors to the Rottnest Island marine reserve – 22 are in and around Thomson Bay and five are at the eastern end of Geordie Bay.

The beach anchor points are suitable for vessels eight metres or less in length. Users need two lines to secure the stern to each point, which is shared with their neighbour. Anchors should be deployed seaward.

Users can adjust the amount of line to best suit tide and weather conditions. The use of these facilities is free and offered on a first-in/best-dressed basis.

Find out more: Beach Anchoring System in Thomson and Geordie bays

Swing moorings
There are 41 offshore swing moorings available for daily hire (for 24 hours from 10am) through the Rottnest Island Authority. Swing moorings for hire are available in Thomson, Geordie and Longreach bays. (link)

Most island moorings are licenced moorings that are part of the Shared Mooring System.

The Shared Mooring System encompasses both licensee and authorised-user access.  Licensed moorings can only be used by licensees and authorised users, who both pay annual fees.

Jetties and beach pens
There are 31 jetty pens available for hire on three jetties (Stark, Fuel and Hotel) in Thomson Bay. There are also 25 Bathurst beach pens on the north Thomson Bay beachfront that are available for hire for small vessels up to 7.5m long. Boat operators hiring the facilities must supply their own mooring lines.

A map of swing moorings and jetty pen locations can be found here.