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Port to Pub

The Channel 7 Port to Pub with Hotel Rottnest is an open water swimming event in Perth, Western Australia, designed to cater for the increased demand for long distance swimming and the interest from local, interstate and international swimmers to cross the iconic Rottnest Channel. 


The swim comprises two races over two distances from Leighton Beach to Rottnest Island - a direct crossing (19.7km) and a 25km ultra-marathon. 

The direct crossing is open to solos, duos, and teams of four and six. It begins at Leighton Beach outside Fremantle Surf Lifesaving Club and finishes at the Hotel Rottnest. 

The 25km ultra-marathon swim is open to qualified solo swimmers. It is the longest open water swim on offer in Australia, and one of the longest in the Southern Hemisphere.

Cheer on from the sidelines

The best vantage points to see the participants arrive are:
  • The Hotel Jetty 
  • Hotel Rottnest 
  • South Thomson Beach, in front of Samphire Rottnest 

Getting to the event

Ferry Services

Make a day of it and take in all the excitement of the event and then spend the day soaking up the sights of Rottnest Island.  

Book your ferry travel here. 
 
Parking
As one of the busiest days of the year for Rottnest Island, we encourage you to leave plenty of time to find parking at the ferry terminals before your departure time.

For visitors departing from B-Shed Fremantle, additional parking will be available at South Metropolitan TAFE Fremantle Campus. Alternatively, consider departing from Northport (North Fremantle).

Important information for boats

To assist with ensuring the safety of participants and spectators, please:

  • Slow down in the bay. The limit is 5kt and it’s better to go too slow than too fast. 
  • Watch out for people swimming around the mooring area. 
  • Please don’t bring over or use large centre consoles as tenders or for general transport needs unless necessary. Standard vessel rafting rules apply.
  • Familiarise yourself with water closures here. 

All vessels entering the Rottnest Island Marine Reserve are required to pay admission fees which can be done online here. Paying online allows our Rangers to confirm your admission fees have been paid and avoid any penalties.

To rent a mooring for the day, please book online here. 

COVID Safe Event

Travel to Rottnest Island is subject to government advice, which may change. Always check the latest advice before you travel.

For further details regarding COVID Safety for event participants, please view the Channel 7 Port to Pub with Hotel Rottnest website here.