Safety & Boating Emergencies

In the event of a boating emergency, please contact the Police on 000 first or Channel 16 on VHF radio.

If your vessel breaks down or requires mechanical assistance, please contact your local Sea Rescue group.

If you need the Rangers’ assistance, they can be contacted on Channel 16 call sign “Rottnest Rangers” or +61 (08) 9372 9788.

For information on what to do in emergencies and incidents such as marine transport spills, emergency situations, navigation hazards and aid faults, visit the Department of Transport website.  

Sanctuary zone buoys 
The five sanctuary zones within the Rottnest Island Reserve are defined by yellow buoys with the words “SANCTUARY ZONE” printed on the marker. For locations, please refer to the sanctuary maps, available for download here.

Courtesy mooring 
There is one courtesy mooring located in Kingston Reef in Thomson Bay. It is for day-time use only, with a two-hour limit for vessels up to 30 metres long. It is the only mooring with a red buoy and has “RIA Courtesy mooring” written on it.   

Boating convoy  
The Boating Industry Association of Western Australia organises boating convoys to Rottnest Island twice a year. The convoys are for sea-going craft between five and ten metres long and capable of maintaining a consistent minimum speed of 15 knots. More information is available on the Boating Industry Association website.