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South32 Rottnest Channel Swim 2022

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

Highly regarded worldwide as 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 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 Isola  
  • The grassed area in front of the Salt Store  
  • The Mezzanine area above the Visitor Centre 
  • The Fuel Jetty

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.


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

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.