Once the admission fee is paid, vessels can be anchored within the Rottnest Island Marine Reserve provided they:

  • are at least 50m from any mooring, jetty or beach pen.
  • Do not obstruct or interfere with access to a mooring.
  • are well clear of reef, seagrass meadows, navigation markers.
  • are outside any boating prohibited areas.

Popular anchorage areas include Thomson Bay (south of the former Army Jetty), Longreach and Parker Point.

Beach Anchoring
Beach anchoring is permitted, except in boating prohibited areas. Skippers should consider the following guidelines:

  • The use of bow and stern anchors are preferable.
  • Star pickets and other items not designed principally for beach anchoring are prohibited.
  • Beach anchoring is not recommended for craft over eight metres in length.
  • Do not intrude into boating prohibited areas
  • Take care to bury your anchor deep into the sand, as they can be dangerous to other beach users.

There are also free beach anchoring points in Thomson Bay and Geordie Bay.

Unattended Vessels
Vessels cannot be left unattended in the Reserve without a competent operator being within the limits of the Island. That vessel must not be left unattended for a period longer than 24 hours.

Self-serve fuel (diesel and unleaded) is available at the Thomson Bay Fuel Jetty. It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Payments can be made with credit card (Mastercard or Visa) or EFTPOS.

Small quantities of LPG are available from the Geordie Bay Store.

Potable Water
A potable water is available at three points on the Thomson Bay Fuel Jetty and one point on the Geordie Bay Jetty.  Both locations have 20-minute loading zones. To help conserve water, it is recommended tanks are filled before departing the mainland.

Bus-stop locations
There is a regular bus servicing over 19 bus stop locations across the island.  See the current seasonal timetable and map.

Public toilets are available across Rottnest Island, in locations including:

  • Thomson Bay
  • The Basin
  • Longreach Bay
  • Geordie Bay
  • City of York Bay
  • Stark Bay
  • Narrow Neck
  • West End
  • Strickland Bay
  • Green Island
  • Parker Point
  • Kingston Barracks.

Vessel Waste Management

Liquid Waste
All waters within the Rottnest marine reserve are protected.  No liquid waste can be discharged anywhere in these waters, including waste from marine sanitation devices.  Discharge of liquid waste must be undertaken at a suitable mainland facility or outside of the reserve.

Solid Waste
Visitors are urged to take all their rubbish and recycling off the island. But “recycle” and “waste” bins are supplied around the island.  All waste placed in island bins is picked up by a truck, compacted and shipped by barge to the mainland for processing.