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Boating Management Strategy

Rottnest Island is the leading tourism destination in Western Australia much-loved by Western Australians who make up over three-quarters of regular visitors, and equally popular with interstate and international visitors. Approximately 500,000 visits to the Island each year include around 185,000 by private boat.

Following public consultation last year the Boating Management Strategy will be implemented as a sub-strategy of the Rottnest Island Management Plan, and operate alongside other strategies that address tourism and recreation, terrestrial, and cultural heritage management within the Rottnest Island Reserve.

Download the Boating Management Strategy 2014 (5.58MB)


Temporary Notice to Mariners - Closure of Waters to Boating - Sufferfest - 10th and 11th November 2018

Acting pursuant to the powers conferred by Regulation 38B of the Rottnest Island Regulations 1988, the Rottnest Island Authority hereby closes the following waters to all vessels, excluding bona fide emergency and authorised vessels for the following dates:

  • Saturday 10 November 2018 - view the gazettal here and map here
  • Sunday 11 November 2018 - view the gazettal here and map here

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution and maintain a safe clearance when transiting these areas.


Temporary Notice to Mariners - Closure of Waters to Boating - Hotel Rottnest Summer Concerts

Acting pursuant to the powers conferred by Regulation 38B of the Rottnest Island Regulations 1988, the Rottnest Island Authority hereby closes the following waters to all vessels, excluding bona fide emergency and authorised vessels for the following dates:

  • Castaway - 25 November 2018 - view the gazettal here and map here
  • Summersalt - 2 December 2018 - view the gazettal here and map here
  • Summersalt - 13 January 2018 - view the gazettal here and map here

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution and maintain a safe clearance when transiting these areas.


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