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Events calendar

 

Now until mid-August

2014

 

The Great War – Capturing the Enemy Exhibition

Rottnest After Dark Series 2014

 

Capturing the Enemy is a special heritage exhibition to be held in the Rottnest Island Salt Store from Anzac Day to mid-August.

This year marks the centenary of the commencement of World War One and Rottnest Island Authority is hosting an exhibition of photographs taken on Rottnest Island in 1914 and 1915 when it was an internment camp for enemy aliens. German and Austrian Slav (mainly Croatian) men and boys, held in the internment camp between August 1914 and November 1915 are shown in the familiar landscapes of the Island, along with Australian soldier guards and Aboriginal men, brought to the island as extra labour.

July

24-27

2014

 

Rottnest Open House

Colonial Buildings

 
 

More to explore:  this unusual event began in 2011 as part of celebrations commemorating a century of tourism on the Island. Following the lead of Melbourne and London, Rottnest Island opens some of its treasured buildings. Explore the architecture and history of Rottnest Island’s limestone cottages.

July

25 & 26

2014

 

Rottnest After Dark Series 2014
"Capturing the Enemy"

Rottnest After Dark Rottnest Island during WW1

 

An engaging theatrical performance that'll take you on a journey back to 1914, when the Department of Defence commandeered the Island for use as an internment and Prisoner of War camp. 

Also, don't miss the supporting exhibition from April to August 2014. More details available here.

  • July 25, 7:30pm - SOLD OUT!
  • July 26, 2:30pm - ADDITIONAL SHOW due to popular demand!
  • July 26, 7:30pm - SOLD OUT!
  • August

    1 & 2

    2014

     

    Rottnest After Dark Series 2014
    "Capturing the Enemy"

    Rottnest After Dark Rottnest Island during WW1

     

     

    An engaging theatrical performance that'll take you on a journey back to 1914, when the Department of Defence commandeered the Island for use as an internment and Prisoner of War camp. 

    Also, don't miss the supporting exhibition from April to August 2014. More details available here.

  • August 1, 7:30pm
  • August 2, 2:30pmADDITIONAL SHOW due to popular demand!
  • August 2, 7:30pm - Limited places left!
  • August

    15-17

    2014

     

    Rottnest Cup & Ledger Plate

    Golf Course

     

    The Ledger Trophy is a ladies event and the Rottnest Cup is for the men. An event to be confirmed will be played on the Friday to be followed by social get-together Friday evening. Saturday will be the ‘Rottnest Cup & Ledger Trophy’ played as a challenging 18 hole par event followed by a light dinner and presentations.

    For non-players, the Adventure Putting green is great entertainment for all ages and a game of bowls on the re-surfaced bowling green is an ideal way to relax and enjoy another aspect of the Rottnest Experience!

    For further information see the Rottnest Island Golf Club website.

    August

    28-31

    2014

     

    Rottnest Open House

    Colonial Buildings

      More to explore:  this unusual event began in 2011 as part of celebrations commemorating a century of tourism on the Island. Following the lead of Melbourne and London, Rottnest Island opens some of its treasured buildings. Explore the architecture and history of Rottnest Island’s limestone cottages.

    September

    19-21

    2014

     

     Rottofest

    RottoFest

     

    The annual Comedy, Film and Music Festival Rottofest returns for its 6th year and is looking to be bigger and better than ever! Tickets available soon from www.rottofest.com.au

    Australia’s Funniest Shorts 2014 call for Comedy films and sketches is now open. Download the entry form.

    Download the Rottofest flyer.

    September

    TBC

    2014 

     

    Rottnest Carnivale

    Carnivale 2014

     

    Bringing Rottnest Island into Spring with an absolute bang, this FREE event offers something for everyone.

    Experience Rottnest Island like never before as the Island comes alive with a massive range of free games and activities, sand art, food tastings, tasters of tours, live music and entertaining performances for all ages. Find out more.

    October

    18

    2014
      Race Around Rottnest

    Race Around Rottnest Logo
     

    Race around Rottnest returns for its second year. Take part in the adventure race solo or part of a team in a swim, run, ocean swim and paddle leg. Stay tuned for further details.

    Make the most of the early bird entry fees. Save the date and let your mates know. We look forward to seeing you all there! For further information, see the Race Around Rottnest website.

    October

    26   

    2014

     

     Brooks Marathon

    Rottnest Island Authority Team Brooks Marathon

     

    The Brooks Rottnest Marathon and Fun Run has the full marathon along with 5km and 10km fun runs on Rottnest Island in Western Australia.

    The start of the Brooks Rottnest Marathon is heralded by the wail of bagpipes at 6.00am on the Sunday morning. The bagpipes have become a traditional part of the marathon and can be heard throughout the marathon at Armstrong Hill.

     

    October

    31 Oct -      2 Nov

    2014

     

    Rottnest Beatles Fest

    Rottnest Beatles Fest

     

    The best weekend of the year for fans of The Beatles!

     Features:
    • FREE Main Stage Entertainment /Tribute bands
    • Beatles Movies
    • Open Mic Stage
    • Beatles Quiz
    • Beatles Disco
    • Beatles Karaoke
    • Beatles Adventure Boat Tour
    • Magical Mystery Island Tour

    Includes performances by The Australian Beatles and Chris Murphy.

    For further information, see www.rottnestbeatlesfest.com.au and follow the event on Facebook www.facebook.com/rottnestbeatlesfest

    October

    31 Oct -
    2 Nov

    2014

     

     Closing Cup

    Renovated Golf Course

     

    The Rottnest Island Country Club presents its Season Closing and President’s Cup weekend. An event to be confirmed and a social get-together will be held Friday evening. Saturday will host the ‘Presidents Cup’ played as an 18 hole Stableford event followed by presentations. Sunday morning will host a 9 hole event of four ball Ambrose to be followed by presentations and the social camaraderie synonymous with the club’s events.

    For non-players, the Adventure Putting green is great entertainment for all ages and a game of bowls on the re-surfaced bowling green is an ideal way to relax and enjoy another aspect of the Rottnest Experience!

    For further information, see the Rottnest Island Golf Club website.

    November

    7 & 8

    2014

     

     Wadjemup Cup

    Wadjemup Cup

      Students from Clontarf Football Academies from across the State compete in a round robin AFL football competition held on the Sports Oval Rottnest Island.

    Open to the public, the competition is held in November with approximately 120 students aged 12 to 15 years. The event opens with a Friday night concert in Heritage Common and features aboriginal performers.

    November

    15–16

    2014

     

    BIA WA Safety Convoy

    BIA WA logo

     

    The bi-annual event organised by the Boating Industry Association of Western Australia will present fantastic opportunities for new boat owners and their families to enjoy a fun and education weekend. Activities include learning correct procedures, knot tying and splicing.  

    Download the BIA WA convoy flyer.

    For information and to book on the next safety convey visit www.biawa.asn.au

    November

    24-27

    2014

     

     Leavers 2014

    Leavers 2014

     

    JUST ANNOUNCED!! - Your accommodation cost now includes entry into a special Wednesday night concert featuring Aussie favourites; The Rubens and The Panics!!

    Leavers is an opportunity for Year 12 students from 2014 to celebrate with their friends the end of their schooling.

    Bookings open 7 May 2014. See more Leavers information here.

    November

    29 

    2015

     

    The Doctor Ocean Paddler

    The Doctor Ocean Paddler

     

    The Doctor in Perth is Australia’s most exciting ocean paddling event from Rottnest Island to Sorrento Beach covering 27kms (or vice versa depending on wind conditions).

    November

    30

    2014

     

    RottoLive Concert

    Hotel Rottnest

    RottoLive

     

    Over the past year, Hotel Rottnest has played host to a range of incredible live performances.

    More soon to be announced!  
    Visit, www.hotelrottnest.com

    December

    6

    2014

     

    38th Swim Thru Rottnest

    Swim Thru

     

    Conducted in the crystal clear protected waters of Rottnest Island this event was first conducted in 1977 and has been held annually ever since.

    It is always held on the first Saturday of December and is hugely popular.

    This 1600 metre race starts at 1:00pm at the Army Jetty. For further information and to register visit www.swimthrurotto.com

    December

    TBC

    2014

     

    Lighthouse to Leighton

      The Lighthouse to Leighton is the kite surfing event of the year. The 5th edition hits the water this December. For further information and to register visit www.lighthouse2leighton.com.au

    January

    25

    2015

     

    RottoLive Concert

    Hotel Rottnest

    RottoLive

     

    Over the past year, Hotel Rottnest has played host to a range of incredible live performances.

    More soon to be announced!  
    Visit, www.hotelrottnest.com

    February

    21

    2015

     

    Rottnest Channel Swim

    Channel Swim Sporting Event

     

    Highly regarded worldwide and one of Western Australia’s iconic events, the Rottnest Channel Swim is a 19.7km open water swim from Cottesloe Beach to Rottnest Island. Whether competing as a solo, duo or team, the Rottnest Channel Swim is a ‘team’ event with all swimmers surrounded by a support network of paddlers, boat skippers and crew. The event, managed by the Rottnest Channel Swim Association, is held in February of each year and is Rottnest Island’s biggest day.

    March

    8

    2015

     

    RottoLive Concert

    Hotel Rottnest

     RottoLive

     

    Over the past year, Hotel Rottnest has played host to a range of incredible live performances.

    More soon to be announced!  
    Visit, www.hotelrottnest.com

    March

    TBC

    2014

      BIA WA Safety Convoy

    BIA WA logo

     

    The bi-annual event organised by the Boating Industry Association of Western Australia will present fantastic opportunities for new boat owners and their families to enjoy a fun and education weekend. Activities include learning correct procedures, knot tying and splicing.  

    Download the BIA WA convoy flyer.

    For information and to book on the next safety convey visit www.biawa.asn.au

    March

    22

    2015

     

    RottoLive Concert

    Hotel Rottnest

     RottoLive

     

    Over the past year, Hotel Rottnest has played host to a range of incredible live performances.

    More soon to be announced!  
    Visit, www.hotelrottnest.com

    April

    11-12

    2015

     

    Beneteau Cup

      The third annual Rottnest Island Beneteau Cup hits the crystal clear shores of Rottnest Island in April. Keep an eye out for the beautiful fleet offshore.

    April

    TBC

    2015

     

    Heritage Festival

    Rottnest is Heritage Festival

      Discover the Island’s rich and colourful heritage. This weekend will be fun filled with activities for the whole family.

    April

    25

    2015

     

     ANZAC Day

    Anzac Day

     

    ANZAC Day holds a special place on the Rottnest Island calendar of events. The Island has a long and proud tradition of military service and on ANZAC Day we commemorate the men and women, both past and present, who have served their country in this moving dawn service.

    Presided over by Australian Navy Officers, the ceremony starts at 6.00am on the foreshore as the sun rises over the beautiful waters of Thomson Bay to the lament of the bagpipe. The service will be followed by a Gunfire Breakfast proudly cooked by volunteers.

    April

    26

    2015

     

    RottoLive Concert

    Hotel Rottnest

     RottoLive

     

    Over the past year, Hotel Rottnest has played host to a range of incredible live performances.

    More soon to be announced!  
    Visit, www.hotelrottnest.com

    October

    TBC

    2015

     

     Race Around Rottnest

    Race Around Rottnest Logo

      Race around Rottnest returns for its second year. Take part in the adventure race solo or part of a team in a swim, run, ocean swim and paddle leg. Stay tuned for further details.

    October

    25  

    2015

     

    Brooks Marathon

    Rottnest Island Authority Team Brooks Marathon

     

    The Brooks Rottnest Marathon and Fun Run has the full marathon along with 5km and 10km fun runs on Rottnest Island in Western Australia.

    The start of the Brooks Rottnest Marathon is heralded by the wail of bagpipes at 6.00am on the Sunday morning. The bagpipes have become a traditional part of the marathon and can be heard throughout the marathon at Armstrong Hill.

    December

    5

    2015

     

    39th Swim Thru Rottnest

    Swim Thru

     

    Conducted in the crystal clear protected waters of Rottnest Island this event was first conducted in 1977 and has been held annually ever since.

     It is always held on the first Saturday of December and is hugely popular.

    This 1600 metre race starts at 1:00pm at the Army Jetty. For further information and to register, visit www.swimthrurotto.com

    December

    TBC

    2015

     

    Lighthouse to Leighton

      The Lighthouse to Leighton is the kite surfing event of the year. The 6th edition hits the water this December. For further information and to register visit www.lighthouse2leighton.com.au
     

    School and Public Holidays

    On average, Western Australia has 10 public holidays per year, most of which commemorate landmark Australian historic events, or religious celebrations. Should a State holiday fall on a weekend, the extra day’s holiday is taken on the Monday.

     

    2013

     2014

    2015

    New Year's Day

    Tuesday 1 January

    Wednesday 1 January

    Thursday 1 January

    Australia Day

    Monday 28 January

    Sunday 26 January / Monday 27 January

    Monday 26 January 

    Labour Day

    Monday 4 March

    Monday 3 March

    Monday 2 March

    Good Friday

    Friday 29 March

    Friday 18 April

    Friday 3 April

    Easter Monday

    Monday 1 April

    Monday 21 April

    Monday 6 April

    ANZAC Day

    Thursday 25 April

    Friday 25 April

    Saturday 25 / Monday 27 April

    Western Australia Day

    Monday 3 June

    Monday 2 June

    Monday 1 June

    Queen's Birthday*

    Monday 30 September

    Monday 29 September**

    Monday 28 September**

    Christmas Day

    Wednesday 25 December

    Thursday 25 December

    Friday 25 December

      Boxing Day

    Thursday 26 December Friday 26 December Saturday 26 / Monday 28 December

    *Non-metropolitan local authorities may celebrate the Queen's Birthday Public Holiday on an alternative date.

    **The Queen’s Birthday public holiday date will be confirmed upon gazettal.

    Western Australian School Terms 

    • Break 1 - Saturday 12 April – Sunday 27 April 2014
    • Break 2 - Saturday 5 July – Sunday 20 July 2014
    • Break 3 - Saturday 27 September - Sunday 12 October 2014
    • Break 4 - Friday 19 December – Sunday 1 February 2014

    Visitors should be aware that school holiday periods in other States may differ from Western Australia’s holiday calendar.