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Rottnest Island

Temporary Notice to Mariners

Closure of Waters to Boating
Wildlife Protection

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 approved vessels, for an indefinite period from Tuesday 14 April 2015.

Cathedral Rocks

All the waters contained within the boundary positions of:

  • 32.01916°S  115.45041°E
  • 32.01974°S  115.45065°E
  • 32.01980°S  115.45138°E
  • 32.01927°S  115.45245°E
  • 32.01892°S  115.45238°E
  • 32.01883°S  115.45104°E

View map of water closure.

It has been necessary to close these waters to all vessels to protect the fragile New Zealand fur seal colony. Special in-water markers sign posted “Boating Prohibited” have been deployed marking the boundaries.

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution and maintain a safe clearance when transiting this area.

Paolo Amaranti
Chief Executive Officer
Rottnest Island Authority

New beach anchor points - Geordie Bay and Thomson Bay South

The Rottnest Island Authority in collaboration with Club Marine and Boating Western Australia (BWA) has installed ten (10) new beach anchor points for visitors to the Reserve. Five (5) points are located just south of the Hotel Jetty in Thomson Bay and five (5) at the most eastern end of Geordie Bay.

The beach anchor points are most suitable for vessels less than 8 meters in length that can beach anchor.  Users will need two lines to secure their stern to each point which is shared with their neighbour and deploy their anchor seaward.

Users can adjust the amount of line out to best suit tide and weather conditions. The use of these facilities is free and are used on a “first in best dressed” basis.

Read more about the Beach Anchoring System in Thomson Bay and Geordie Bay

Pains Wessex Rottnest Escorted Safety Convoy (RESC)

The Boating Industry Association of WA (BIAWA) have organised the biannual Pains Wessex Rottnest Escorted Safety Convoy (RESC) for over 30 years together with Marine Safety, Water Police, Challenger TAFE and Sea Rescue. The RESC is a fantastic opportunity for new boat owners and their families to enjoy a weekend that is educational and fun.

Rottnest Safety Convoys provide boaties with an interactive experience unique to Western Australia, with the experienced convoy escorts leading the group in tours of the bays and allowing the opportunity for participants to explore Rottnest Island. Participants benefit from safety advice including the teaching safe approaches, learning correct procedures for the use of safety equipment, knot tying and splicing.

For further details, dates and to book visit