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South32 Rottnest Channel Swim 2021

Whether you’re swimming or spectating, don’t miss one of the most exciting events on the Rottnest Island calendar.  

Highly regarded worldwide and one of Western Australia’s most iconic events, the South32 Rottnest Channel Swim is a 19.7 kilometre open water swim from Cottesloe Beach to Rottnest Island.

Be part of the action 

Whether competing as a solo, duo or group of swimmers, the South32 Rottnest Channel Swim is a ‘team’ event with all participants surrounded by a support network of paddlers, boat skippers and crew. 

For full event details, including how to register, briefing dates and advice for training and preparation, head to the South32 Rottnest Channel Swim website.

Cheer on from the sidelines 

Conquering the Channel Swim is no easy feat. Be there to cheer on the swimmers and support crews as they cross the finish line and celebrate their achievement at Thomson Bay. 

The best vantage points to see the participants arrive are:

  • The beach in front of Thomson’s Rottnest 
  • The grassed area in front of the Salt Store 
  • The Mezzanine area above the Visitor Centre – please note this is a designated BYO area from 2pm to 6pm for Saturday 20 February only. Public drinking is not permitted outside of this location and other licensed venues on Rottnest Island.
  • The Fuel Jetty
The first swimmers are expected to arrive at the Island at around 10am, so spectators are advised to be on the Island by 9:30am. The event will finish at 5pm.

A reminder that venues are operating on reduced capacity in adherence to current COVID 19 Safety Guidelines. See here for a full list and map of venues across the island for competitors and spectators to grab a celebratory drink, or visit the Eat and Drink section.

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.

Book your ferry travel here.

Parking & Train Replacement Service
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).

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

The South32 Rottnest Channel Swim event day is one of the busiest for the Rottnest Island Marine Reserve. 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.
Rottnest Island admission fees are waived for Channel Swim competitors and persons onboard support vessels displaying an authorised South32 Rottnest Channel Swim sticker, including the accompanying paddle craft.

All other 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 South32 Rottnest Channel Swim website here.