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Rottnest Island

By Boat

For many residents of Western Australia (WA), their favourite way of getting to Rottnest Island is to take their own boat. This also provides the perfect opportunity to experience the island’s many coastal activities

Contact the Visitor Centre for further information about getting to Rottnest Island in Western Australia (WA).

Taking your own boat

All the information you need for taking your own boat to Rottnest Island can be found on the boating information page.

Western Australia has the highest per capita boat ownership in Australia and Rottnest Island is a destination favourite.

Regulations and guidelines are in place to preserve Rottnest's unique environment and to ensure the safety of those enjoying the Island and its waters.

The Rottnest Island Authority manages all moorings and jetty pens on the Island. There are two systems in place to manage these.

The first system involves a rental system for moorings and jetty pens which is administered by the Marine and Boating section at the Rottnest Island Visitor Centre. Phone: (08) 9432 9111.

The second system involves licensed a mooring system, which is administered by the Moorings Officer, email Marine Administration or phone: (08) 9432 9320.               

Admission Fees

All visitors entering the Rottnest Island Reserve, including the marine reserve, are required to pay an admission fee as a contribution to the conservation of the Island and the provision and upkeep of facilities. Visitors arriving by ferry pay this fee as part of their fare. Private vessel owners are required to pay an individual admission fee for each Island visit, or purchase an annual vessel admission sticker.

Single visits must be paid either online prior to departure (pay online) or on arrival at the Visitor Centre.

Individual Admission Fees (as of 1 July 2014)

Adult  Day Visitor $17.00
Child (4 - 12 yrs) Day Visitor  $6.00
Family Group* Day Visitor $39.50
Adult Extended Stay (Over Night) $22.00
Child (4 - 12 yrs) Extended Stay (Over Night) $7.50
Family Group* Extended Stay (Over Night) $49.50
* A family group is two adults and two children.
* Child rates apply for children aged four to twelve years inclusive. Children under four are free.

Private vessel owners are required to pay an individual admission fee per Island visit or purchase an annual vessel admission sticker.

Annual Admission Fees

Annual admissions stickers for the current boating season are based on the registered length of the vessel. They are valid for the period 1 September to 31 August each year. Please send copies of all your registration and insurance documents when applying for your Annual Admission. Application forms are available at the end of this page.

Annual Admission stickers can be paid for on application to the RIA Marine Administration office in Fremantle or by post. Please ensure that Annual Admission applications are lodged with all the required paperwork (boat registration and insurance details). Once the application is processed an Annual Admission sticker will be posted to you.

    Annual Admission Sticker Fees
    (fees applicable from 1 September 2014 - 31 August 2015 GST inclusive)

    Vessels up to 8 metres
    Vessels greater than 8 metres but less than 10 metres $250.00
    Vessels 10 metres or greater but less than 15 metres $300.00
    Vessels 15 metres or greater $500.00

    * Vessel length refers to the registration length of a vessel as defined in vessel registration papers issued by the Western Australian Department of Transport.

    Please see the Boating Information section for full details.

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