Boating Alerts & Updates

Stay up to date with boating alerts

When you’re entering the waters around Wadjemup / Rottnest Island on a private vessel, it’s important to stay up to date with the current temporary notices for mariners, so that you’re prepared for any circumstances which may impact your trip. The boating community is advised to visit this page on a regular basis for alerts and updates.

Rottnest Island notices to mariners

Mariners are recommended to check for temporary notices, navigational warnings, and event advice before visiting the island or undertaking any boating activity. In Western Australia, Temporary Notices to Mariners are issued in the Summary of Gazettal Notices and Areas PDF document twice a year. Current notices applicable to Wadjemup / Rottnest Island visitors are outlined below.

Current notices can be found at the bottom of this page

Water closures

Boat users should expect closed waters in some areas during major events. To aid in the management of these events, all visitors are asked to follow directions from Rottnest Island rangers and police officers, or officers from the Department of Fisheries and Department of Transport. Maps for upcoming water closures are available below.

Upcoming water closures can be found at the bottom of this page

Weather alerts

When severe offshore weather rolls in, it may include high winds and other hazardous conditions. For the safety of all visitors to the island, boat operators are strongly encouraged to monitor the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM)  for alerts before and during their visit. 

Scheduled works and maintenance

Works and service improvements are conducted periodically across the island to maintain and improve the visitor experience long term. Stay informed with the latest information here of any works that may impact your visit.

Special events

From time to time, special events held at Wadjemup / Rottnest Island will result in significant boating activity which is likely to impact visitors arriving by private vessel. Read the information below and check the special events page for details about upcoming events. 

Restrictions for Rottnest Channel Swim and New Year’s Eve

Crowd management and safety measures will be in place throughout these events, and this may impact private vessels. During these periods, anchoring and beaching in Thomson Bay in front of Samphire Rottnest will be restricted and a signposted area will be allocated for tenders to be beached.

Notices to Mariners and Water Closures

  • Current Notices

    There are no current notices to mariners or water closures at this time.

  • Port to Pub 2024 - Closure of Waters to Boating for Special Event

    Published: 13 February 2024

    Start Date: 12 pm Friday 15 March 2024
    End Date: 6 pm Saturday 16 March 2024

    Area of Closure: Thomson Bay

    Between Main Jetty and Fuel Jetty
    All waters with 25 metres of the shoreline.

    Exemption: Authorised emergency response vessels and powered support vessel displaying a 2024 Port to Pub competitor’s sticker.

    North of the Hotel Jetty
    All waters commencing 43 metres north of the Hotel Jetty to the southern side of the Fuel Jetty following the foreshore extending 25 metres in an easterly direction.

    Exemption: Authorised emergency response vessels, competitor’s support paddle craft displaying a 2024 Port to Pub competitor’s sticker and vessel tenders less than 3.75 metres in length.

    Swim Channel
    All the waters within and bounded starting from a point on the foreshore 43 metres north of the Hotel Jetty extending in the easterly direction encompassing the following moorings and their associated swing room:
    TB271, TB068, TB069, TB093, RIA HIRE024, TB086, TB245, TB319, TB053, TB051, RIA HIRE 017, TB357, TB200, TB351, TB332, TB040, TB081, TB080, TB073, RIA HIRE 005, TB084, TB079, TB085, TB320, TB087, TB088, TB101, TB096, TB092, TB095, TB094, to the southernmost eastern point of the Hotel Jetty including the entire Hotel Jetty.

    Exemption: Authorised emergency response vessels.

    South of Swim Channel
    All waters along the foreshore to a point 135 metres south and extending 25 metres east.

    Exemption: Authorised Emergency service vessels, vessels displaying 2024 RIA Local Beach Pen sticker and tenders less than 3.75 metres in length

    To assist mariners, the Rottnest Island Authority will have float lines in place identifying the above areas.

    These restrictions have been put in place to ensure public safety.

    Mariners are advised to navigate with caution and maintain a safe clearance when transiting this area.

    Download the Gazettal Notice (PDF 185 KB)

    Download the Closed Waters Map (PDF 1.60 MB)

  • Pinky Beach – Closure of Navigable Waters to Motorised Vessels

    Published: 19 December 2023

    Area of Closure: Pinky Beach Waters and Beach Access

    All the waters within and south of the line of the following coordinates:

    - 115° 32.285’ E 31° 59.297’S
    - 115° 32.446’ E 31° 59.333’S

    Conditions of Closure

    Acting pursuant to the powers conferred by regulation 38B of the Rottnest Island Authority Regulations 1988, the Rottnest Island Authority (RIA) hereby closes the following waters to all vessels, excluding bona fide emergency and authorised vessels:
    Authorised emergency service vessels and approved service vessels are permitted to access these waters.
    Yellow floats will be deployed to indicate the boundaries of the area and signage will be installed on the beach.

    These restrictions have been introduced for the purpose of public safety.

    Mariners are advised to navigate with caution and maintain a safe clearance when transiting this area.

    Download the Gazettal Notice (PDF 306 KB)

    Download the Closed Waters Map (PDF 1.1 MB)