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ANZAC Day 2021

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.

Registration
Everyone is welcome to attend the free services, however you must book your ticket to attend as capacity is strictly limited.

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.

Register here to attend the ANZAC dusk service. 

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

Register here to attend the ANZAC Day dawn service. 

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.

    Schedule:

    Explore at your leisure from 8:30am until 11:30am. Entry is $9 for adults, $4 for children and $20 for a family. 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.

    Schedule:

    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.

    Schedule:

    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

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

Time From Ferry
Departs 5am Fremantle B-Shed Rottnest Express
Departs 5am  Fremantle B-Shed SeaLink
Departs 4:45am Hillarys Rottnest Fast Ferries
For the latest ferry information and to book your travel, please visit the Rottnest Express, SeaLink Rottnest Island or Rottnest Fast Ferries websites.

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.