South32 Rottnest Channel Swim returns this Saturday

South32 Rottnest Channel Swim The 2021 edition of the South32 Rottnest Channel Swim will take place this Saturday 20 February.

Highly regarded worldwide and one of Western Australia’s iconic events, the 19.7km open water swim from Cottesloe Beach to Rottnest Island attracts thousands of participants.

Whether competing as a solo, duo or team, the South32 Rottnest Channel Swim is a ‘team’ event with all swimmers surrounded by a support network of paddlers, boat skippers and crew.

Depending on conditions, the first swimmers are expected to arrive at the Island on the southern side of the Fuel Jetty at around 10.00am, so spectators are advised to be on the Island by 9.30am.

Anyone within the event area will be required to use the WA Government’s SafeWA app. The app is available from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

There are still plenty of viewing spots to see the competitors finish the race. The following are the top three viewing spots:

  • Beach in front of Thomson’s Rottnest,
  • Grassed area in front of the Salt Store, and 
  • Mezzanine area above the Visitor Centre.
Transport and parking
Parking for a ferry departure from Fremantle will be at a premium on event day and anyone choosing to drive will need to allow additional time to find a space, pay their ticket and check-in. Public transport or rideshare is recommended.

The TAFE car park on Fleet Street will also be open on Saturday 20 February. This will offer free parking and be available on a first-in first-served basis.

Please also be aware that current rail works on the Fremantle train line – including refurbishment of the Claremont station – are having a major impact on services. For more information visit Transperth’s website.

More information
For more information on the event visit

South32 Rottnest Channel Swim finish Line Map 2021