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Events calendar

 

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! To download the Rottofest festival guide and purchase your tickets, visit www.rottofest.com.au

September

28

2014 

 

Rottnest Carnivale

Real-life mermaids on Rottnest Island

 

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.

Travel with Rottnest Express for just $25 return, or travel with Rottnest Fast Ferries for $35 return! 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 cycle, 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.

Traveling from Hillarys?
Book with Rottnest Fast Ferries and quote "BROOKS2014" to receive 25% off your same-day and extended ferry fares from Hillarys. $10 Bike Hire also available - speak to the friendly team at Rottnest Fast Ferries. Book today.

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 the BIA WA website

 

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 

2014

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.