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Rottnest Island

Temporary Notice to Mariners

Closure of Waters to Boating
Thomson Bay, Rottnest Island
New Year’s Eve 2014

Acting pursuant to the powers conferred by regulation 38B of the Rottnest Island Authority Regulations 1988, the Rottnest Island Authority hereby closes the following waters to all vessels, excluding bona fide emergency and authorised vessels, between 6:00am on Wednesday 31st December 2014 and 12:00pm on Thursday 1st January 2015.

Thomson Bay
All the waters within 40 metres of the shoreline, from a point on the foreshore 400 metres south-east of the Hotel Jetty and extending in a north-westerly direction to the Rottnest Main Jetty and the waters from a point on the foreshore 260 metres north-west of the Rottnest Main Jetty and extending in a north-easterly direction to the end of Thomson Bay at Bathurst Point.

A tender (max vessel length 3.75m) are permitted to access the beach from the Rottnest Main Jetty south to the northern side of the Hotel jetty, excluding designated swimming areas and includes 35m on the northern side of the Stark Jetty.

View map of Thomson Bay water closure.

This has been introduced to assist in achieving public safety and appropriate signage will be placed on site.

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

Paolo Amaranti
Chief Executive Officer
Rottnest Island Authority

Rottnest Channel Swim 21 February 2015 – Changes to swim channel

The Rottnest Channel Swim Association (RCSA) in conjunction with the RIA have changed the finish line for the event in 2015 to terminate next to the southern side of the Fuel Jetty. The new swim channel affects a new collection of private and hire moorings. The RIA will write to all those affected mooring Licensees and they will be offered an alternate mooring site for their vessel. A Temporary Notice to Mariners gazetting the closed waters to all vessels will be in place from 12.00PM on Friday 20 February 2015 to 6.00pm on 21 February 2015.

A map out lining the new swim channel, affected moorings and beach access areas will be published on the web site in early January 2015. View new channel.

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