New ferry service to boost Rottnest Island tourism

Premier Mark McGowan and Tourism Minister Paul Papalia today announced an additional ferry service to Rottnest Island that will commence in November this year.

Captain Cook Cruises will operate from Fremantle and joins Rottnest Express and Rottnest Fast Ferries in providing ferry services to the Island.

‘This new ferry service gives visitors more opportunities to experience the Island, which is great news for local businesses,’ Premier McGowan said.

‘We hope the additional service will put downward pressure on the price of a trip to Rottnest, making it more affordable, particularly for families and tourists who wish to enjoy a holiday on the Island.’

The State government expects the new ferry service will help to build on last year’s six per cent increase in visitor numbers recorded under the leadership of the Rottnest Island Authority.

‘The more people that visit Rottnest Island, the more dollars spent in local businesses both on the Island and the surrounding ports,’ Minister Papalia said.

‘We need to ensure Rottnest Island remains competitive, relevant and continues to be a must-visit tourism destination.’

Almost 650,000 people visited Rottnest Island in 2016/17.