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ANZAC Day 2021

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Please note that the ANZAC Day commemorative services for Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 April have been cancelled following the latest advice regarding COVID-19.

Travel to Rottnest Island for a special ANZAC Day service like no other.

ANZAC Day holds a special place on the Rottnest Island calendar. With a long military history, we commemorate all who have served and continue to serve our great nation.

Join us to reflect and mark this important day of remembrance with services on the foreshore of Thomson Bay.

Program of Events 

Saturday 24 April

5:45pm Dusk Service
Thomson Bay foreshore lawn
An opportunity to pay your respects on the eve of ANZAC Day, with a service conducted as the sun sets over the island.

Sunday 25 April

6am Dawn Service
Thomson Bay foreshore lawn
As the sun rises over the ocean, stand as we mark ANZAC Day and honour the dedication and sacrifice shown by our service men and women.

7am Flyover by the Australian Defence Force

7am Gunfire Breakfast
After the ANZAC Day service, join us in the Settlement Mall for a free gunfire breakfast with a delicious bacon and egg roll.

Live Music
7:30am – 10am
Southern Star Bush Band, Mezzanine
8:30am – 11:30am
Jazz Trio, Oliver Hill

Explore the History of Rottnest

In recognition of the day, we invite you to learn more about the history of Rottnest Island, including its pivotal role in WWI and WWII military operations. Join a guided tour with one of our knowledgeable Rottnest Volunteer Guides or check out the newly re-opened Wadjemup Museum.

  • Oliver Hill Gun & Tunnel Tours
    Explore this fully restored relic of Rottnest’s WWII military history. Meet guides along the way and learn more about this historic site, from the gun turret down through to the tunnels to the engine room deep below.


    Explore at your leisure from 8:30am until 11:30am. Entry is free for ANZAC Day and bookings are not required. To get there catch the complimentary bus from the Main Bus Stop from 8am.
    Alternatively, catch the Captain Hussey Train running every hour from 8:30am until 1:30pm from the Main Bus Stop in the Settlement. Tickets for the train service are $20 and can be purchased from the Visitor Centre or Main Bus Stop.
  • Bickley Battery Trail Tours – Free
    Explore the Kingstown Barracks and the site of the 6-inch guns that made up the Bickley Battery. The battery was part of the overall military establishment on Rottnest Island which included the 9.2-inch guns at Oliver Hill and the observation post and the radio and radar facilities at the Wadjemup Lighthouse.


    Free tours depart regularly from 8:30am until 11:30am from Kingstown. Bookings are not required. Catch the complimentary bus from the Main Bus Stop to Kingstown from 8am to meet your guide. 
  • Wadjemup Museum
    The newly renovated Wadjemup Museum shares the wide-ranging stories of the Island. Explore exhibits from 40,000-year-old-artefacts to contemporary stories of holidaymakers, past and present.


    Open 8am to 3:30pm. Wadjemup Museum is located behind the General Store in the Settlement and entry is by gold coin donation.

Ferry Travel

Saturday 24 April
Make a day of it and arrive early prior to the service and return on a late departure at 7pm. Or take advantage of the Rottnest Express Sundowner fare from $39 per adult, departing Northport at 2pm or Fremantle B-Shed at 3:30pm with a same day return.

Veterans and current service men and women can take advantage of free, same day return ferry travel to attend this service with Rottnest Express. To book these fares, call Rottnest Express on 1300 467 688.

Sunday 25 April
Early morning discounted ferry services departing Fremantle and Hillarys will be available to get you to the Island in time for the service.

Time From Ferry Return Price
Departs 4:30am  Fremantle Northport Rottnest Express
Depart prior to 3pm  
Adult $49 & Child $3.50  
Departs 5am Fremantle B-Shed Rottnest Express Depart prior to 3pm
Adult $49 & Child $3.50  
Departs 5am  Fremantle B-Shed SeaLink Same day return  Adult $35.25 & Child $3.50
Departs 4:45am Hillarys Rottnest Fast Ferries Same day return
Adults $57.25 & Child $33.50  
Current and ex-service men, women and veterans can take advantage of free, same day return ferry travel to attend the ANZAC Day service. To book these fares, please call the ferry provider directly.

For the latest ferry information and to book your travel, please visit the Rottnest Express, SeaLink Rottnest Island or Rottnest Fast Ferries websites.

Getting to the Services

For guests staying on the Island, a complimentary shuttle bus is available to get you from your accommodation to the services. Times are approximate.
To find your nearest stop, download our island map (PDF 0.5MB).

Saturday 24 April

Time Stop Time Stop
4:15pm  Main Bus Stop  7pm Main Bus Stop
4:22pm Kingstown  7:07pm Kingstown
4:35pm  Parker Point  7:20pm Parker Point
4:50pm  Narrow Neck   7:35pm Narrow Neck
Stark Bay  7:38pm Stark Bay
5:07pm Geordie Bay  7:50pm Geordie Bay
5:15pm Main Bus Stop  8pm Main Bus Stop

Sunday 25 April

Time Stop
5am  Geordie Bay
5:05am Main Bus Stop
5:10am  Kingstown
5:15am Main Bus Stop
5:20am Geordie Bay
5:25am Main Bus Stop
5:30am Kingstown
5:35am Main Bus Stop
Regular bus services resume after the ANZAC Day service, view the timetable here.

COVID Safe Event

This year, we’ve made some changes to ensure the health and safety of all attendees at this event and have developed an in-depth COVID Event Plan in consultation with the WA Department of Health. If you have attended the service previously, please note that registration is required for this year’s services.

To assist with managing the capacity of the services, please ensure you register all members of your party - adults and children - and that every household is registered individually.

Travel to Rottnest Island is subject to government advice, which may change. Always check the latest advice before you travel.

Proudly supported by The Returned & Services League of Australia, Western Australia Branch Incorporated (RSLWA) and Lotterywest.

Program subject to change.