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Channel 7 Port to Pub with Hotel Rottnest

The Channel 7 Port to Pub Swim with Hotel Rottnest is an open water swimming event 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.

The 20km swim 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, 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
The first swimmers are expected to arrive at the Island at around 11am and the celebrations, including award presentations, will commence at 5pm at Hotel Rottnest.

A reminder that venues are operating on reduced capacity in adherence to current COVID 19 Safety Guidelines. To see more options for places to grab a celebratory drink or dinner, please visit the Eat and Drink section or head to the BYO area at the Mezzanine from 3pm to take in the view while listening to the talents of Chris Murphy at Music by the Bay.

Kids Swim for Telethon

New to Port to Pub for 2021 is a swim event just for the kids! Held at the finish line on Rottnest Island, the 400-metre swim is for kids aged 8 to 12 years at 2pm on 20 March. All proceeds go to the charity partner Telethon.

For more information and to register, please visit the Port to Pub website.

Getting to the event

Ferry Services

With late return ferries, you can spend the day soaking up the excitement of the event, celebrate as the sun sets then enjoy the delights of Rotto after dark before heading home.

For the latest ferry information and to book, please visit the Rottnest Express, SeaLink Rottnest or Rottnest Fast Ferries websites.

Parking & Train Replacement Service

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).

If travelling by train, please be aware that services are restricted due to major works on the Fremantle Train Line between Friday 5 February and Monday 5 April. See more information and replacement bus service timetables here.

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.

Please leave only footprints

As an A Class Reserve, Rottnest Island is home to many natural wonders including wildlife. Help us to conserve this island paradise for future generations to enjoy by disposing of your rubbish responsibly or taking it home with you if bins are full.

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.