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Rottnest Island

Events calendar

 

November

29 

2014

 

The Doctor Ocean Paddler

The Doctor Ocean Paddler

 

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

The race is planned for Saturday 29th November 2014 however may be held on Sunday 30th November is the winds are more favorable.

For further details visit
http://www.oceanpaddler.com/events/the-doctor/

Getting there by ferry?
Book with Rottnest Fast Ferries (ex Hillarys) and quote "DOCTOR25" to receive 25% (excluding landing fees) off competitor one-way ferry fares  to the Island. Book today!

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

Getting there by ferry?
Book with Rottnest Fast Ferries (ex Hillarys) and quote "SWIMTHRU14" to receive 20% (excluding landing fees) off competitor same-day return ferry fares. Book today!

December

6

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

December

14

2014

 

The Rubens and The Panics - RottoLive at Hotel Rottnest

 

Don't miss the first RottoLive concert for Summer 2014/ 2015!

Visit, www.hotelrottnest.com.au

Tickets available now from Ticketmaster.com.au

December

31

2014

 

 NYE at Governor’s Bar

Fireworks

 

Freo Grasshoppers play LIVE.

Doors open 7:30pm. FREE entry.

Visit www.rottnestlodge.com.au

December

31

2014

 

 NYE at Hotel Rottnest

Fireworks

 

Murphy’s Lore play LIVE.

Ticketed event from 9:30pm onwards.

Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au

January

TBC

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.au

February

8

2015

 

Formula 1 Triathlon

F1 Triathlon on Rotthest Island

 

F1 Triathlon racing has returned to Australia and Rottnest Island has been handpicked to provide the very best challenges for competitors and loads of entertainment for spectators.

For details visit www.trizone.com.au

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

TBC

2014

 

Velofest

UWCT Rider

  This is THE Time Trial Event of the cycling calendar. The individual Time Trials take in a 20km circumnavigation of the Island complete with picturesque views. Stay tuned for more information.

March

TBC

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.au

March

21-22

2015

  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

27-29

2015

 

Festival of Sail

Festival of Sail

 

Rottnest waters will come alive with colour during the 5th annual Rottnest Foundation Festival of Sail - promising to be the biggest one yet!

Racing will be to and around Rottnest, together with mixed passage and windward/leeward racing. A weekend away at Rotto- definitely not to be missed!

To register and for details visit the Rottnest Foundation website.

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

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

TBC

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.au

May

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.

October

17

2015

 

 Race Around Rottnest

Race Around Rottnest Logo

 

Race Around Rottnest returns for its third year! The mini adventure race includes four fun filled and challenging stages and participants have the chance to tackle the course individually or as a team of up to 4 people.

The off road journey takes competitors on an ocean swim, mountain bike ride, ocean paddle and trail run along the islands’ picturesque coast.

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

February

27

2016

 

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.

 

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.