Safety first as Island Admission waived for Channel Swim crews

Rottnest Channel Swim

The Minister for Tourism has announced that Island Admission will be waived for support crews for this year’s Rottnest Channel Swim.

Over 5,000 swimmers and support crew are expected to hit the water for Rottnest biggest event of the year.

This will be the largest swim to date, with over 13,000 visitors expected to head to the Island overall.

Due to the sheer number of swimmers and crew on the water, Rottnest Island Authority is extending the Island Admission waiver for competitors to include support crew, including captains, spotters and paddlers.

Support crews spend a significant amount of time on the water, and this waiver acknowledges the contribution they make to the smooth operation of the event and the safety of swimmers and other spectators. Removing the fees removes one additional task they have to complete on the day.

The waiver of $24 per overnight visitor, and $18 per day visitor, applies to all vessels and accompanying paddle craft displaying a 2018 Rottnest Channel Swim sticker.

Vessels registered with RIA and displaying either a ‘Licensee’ or ‘Authorised User’ sticker or annual admission sticker are also not required to pay Island Admission on the day.

All other vessels entering the Reserve are required to pay Island Admission fees.

Refunds will be arranged by the RIA Reservations team for the small number of support crews that have prepaid admission.

Travelling by train? 

Fremantle line passengers should note the planned closure of the Fremantle line between February 23 and 26. Main Roads has scheduled the closure to complete the demolition of the old Ashton Avenue Bridge in Claremont, which spans the line.

Passengers that were intending to take this line should allow extra travelling time on the day and note that replacement bus schedules may not connect with timetabled bus and train services.

For assistance, or to plan your journey, please call the Transperth InfoLine on 13 62 13, download the Transperth App or visit the Transperth website.