Licensed Moorings & Permits
Your options for accessing licenced moorings
For those arriving at Rottnest Island by private vessel, a wide variety of mooring buoys and pens are available around the island; accessed through four different usage options administered by Rottnest Island Authority (RIA). Whether you’re a frequent visitor or simply taking a one-off day trip, the information below will assist you in determining which mooring option is best suited to your visit.
Conditions of mooring use
In order to secure your vessel to a mooring, it must meet some criteria:
● It has to be the licensed, additional, or authorised vessel of that mooring, and the person who secured the vessel must be a mooring site licensee or authorised user.
● The vessel must exhibit, so that it’s clearly visible from the exterior, the RIA-issued sticker identifying it as the licensed, additional, or authorised vessel of the mooring site.
● A rental licence fee specifying that vessel has been paid in relation to the mooring site.
Licensed Moorings Explained
The majority of moorings at Rottnest Island are designated for private use, signified by a yellow buoy. Licensees pay an annual fee which grants them access to licensed moorings.
Maintaining Your Mooring License
Swing moorings are maintained by RIA and are also available for hire. They can be utilised by both private vessel owners and commercial vessel operators.
Authorised User Permit
The majority of moorings are designated for private use, signified by a yellow buoy. Licensees pay an annual fee which grants them access to licensed moorings.
Maintaining Your Authorised User Permit
Important things you should know about managing your authorised user status.
Casual User Moorings
Private vessels can also use moorings on a casual basis in the Shared Mooring System (SMS).
Mooring Terms & Conditions
All vessels entering the Rottnest Island Reserve must comply with the terms and conditions of vessel entry to the Rottnest Island Marine Reserve.