South32 Rottnest Channel Swim Weekend

Get ready for an exciting weekend on Rottnest with one of the biggest annual sporting events in Australia on Saturday 22 February.

See the swimmers arrive, take your pick of a variety of food and drink options and enjoy special entertainment for the whole weekend.


Swimmers embark on the 19.7km open water Channel Swim from Cottesloe Beach to Rottnest Island, which will be the only place to see the swimmers complete this epic challenge, with the first swimmers expected to arrive at around 10.00am.

Please note that the fuel jetty in Thomson Bay will be closed to spectators this year to provide access for emergency services, but there are still plenty of viewing spots to see them come in from the water.

Top 3 viewing spots
  • Beach in front of Thomsons Rottnest
  • Grassed area in front of the Salt Store
  • Mezzanine area above the Visitor Centre


Click the icon below for a detailed map of where to find food and drink, toilets, first aid and more.

Thomson Bay map for Rottnest Channel Swim

There’s plenty of entertainment and activities for the whole family before, during and after the swimmers arrive on the Island:
  • Additional picnic tables in The Mall – grab a bite to eat or a refreshing drink and relax
  • Roving photo booth, from 10.00am to 6.00pm
  • BYO area in the mezzanine with couches, lounges and cocktail tables, from 12noon to 8.00pm
  • Live musician in The Mall, from 4.00pm to 8.00pm
  • Silent disco under the fig tree in The Mall, from 4.00pm to 8.00pm
  • DJs and live music at Hotel Rottnest, from 10.00am to 11.30pm, with free entry

Please keep Rottnest Island safe and tidy – put all rubbish in the bins provided or take it home with you.

Please respect our quokkas and other wildlife – don't feed, water or touch them.

Saturday opening hours
Visitor Centre – 7.30am to 7.30pm
Pedal & Flipper – 8.30am to 5.30pm
General Store – 8.00am to 8.00pm
Rottnest Bakery – 7.00am to 7.00pm
The Lane – 6.30am to 8.00pm
Simmos – 11.00am to 8.00pm
Subway – 8.00am to late
Dome – 7.00am to 9.00pm
Frankie’s on Rotto – 8.00am to 8.00pm
Hotel Rottnest – 10.00am to 11.30pm
Thomsons Rottnest – 11.00am to late
Thomsons Rottnest Kiosk – 9.00am to 8.00pm
Pinky's Beach Club – 7.30am to late
Gov’s Sports Bar – 11.00am to 12midnight
Riva – Breakfast: 7.30am to 9.30am; Lunch: 12noon to 3.00pm; Dinner: from 5.00pm
Karma Spa – 8.30am to 5.00pm
Golf Club – 8.30am to 5.00pm

Getting here
Ferry operators will be running special late-night returns back to the mainland, so you can stay and enjoy the Island for longer. Click here to see departure locations and timetables.

Parking in Fremantle 
Please be advised that parking is a premium and anyone choosing to drive will need to allow additional time to find a space, pay their ticket and check-in for their ferry departure. Public transport or rideshare is recommended. Please visit the City of Fremantle website for the car park map.
Bringing a boat to Rottnest this weekend? Click here to see how you may be affected.


The weekend continues on Sunday 23 February as the star swimmers of the future take to the waters of North Thomson Bay for Champs of the Bay.

Kids aged 7 to 14 years old take part in the 150m Splash, the 300m Dash, the 400m Classic or the 600m Olympic. Cheer them on and celebrate at one of our restaurants and cafes in The Mall.


There’ll be live music at Hotel Rottnest with free entry from 12noon to 3.00pm. From 3.00pm, there is a ticketed event featuring Fremantle-born three-piece Eskimo Joe. Find out more and secure your tickets here. Doors reopen with free entry from 6.00pm.

Please note that part of the beach in Thomson Bay will be closed on Sunday to make way for the stage setup.

Sunday opening hours
Visitor Centre – 7.30am to 6.30pm
Pedal & Flipper – 8.30am to 5.30pm
The Lane – 6.30am to 4.30pm
Simmos – 10.00am to 6.00pm
Subway – 7.00am to 6.00pm
Dome – 7.00am to 5.00pm
Frankie's on Rotto – 8.00am to 8.00pm
Thomsons Rottnest – 11.00am to late
Thomsons Rottnest Kiosk – 9.00am to 8.00pm
Pinky's Beach Club – 7.30am to late
Hotel Rottnest – 11.00am to 3.00pm; Eskimo Joe ticket holders only from 3.00pm to 6.00pm; reopening to public from 6.00pm to late
Gov's Sports Bar – 11.00am to 12midnight
Riva – Breakfast: 7.30am to 9.30am; Lunch: 12noon to 3.00pm; Dinner: from 5.00pm
Karma Spa – 8.30am to 5.00pm
Golf Club – 8.30am to 5.00pm