Sleek new ferry as Rottnest appeal soars

Sleek new ferry as Rottnest appeal soars

Rottnest has a new ferry.

The 160-passenger Voyager will operate out of Hillarys Boat Harbour with the promise of a smoother and more enjoyable ride to WA’s popular holiday island.

The Rottnest Fast Ferries acquisition is a twin-hull Sabre catamaran built in WA and is the only catamaran on the Rottnest run.

With large outdoor areas at the front and back of the vessel, the 25m Voyager will also be used for whale watching, coastal cruises and charters.

Co-owner James Mulholland said Rottnest Fast Ferries was committed to offering passengers an extensive and professional package to Rottnest.

“We work in conjunction with and support the Rottnest Island Authority and other island businesses in bringing new activities, events and facilities to the island,” he said.

“Never before have two vessels serviced the northern corridor, which as we know is experiencing a healthy period of growth,” he said. Mr Mulholland and partner Luke Crispin started their careers as deckhands on the Rottnest ferries and bought the company in 2012.

Rottnest has had remarkable growth in visitor numbers recently — last month was the 10th consecutive month with a rise in ferry patronage numbers, compared with the previous year.

An extra 48,000 people have visited the island overall during that period.

Sleek new ferry as Rottnest appeal soars