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Marine Newsletter April 2016

The RIA has received numerous enquiries from boat owners as to why the Rangers do not respond to antisocial behaviour on board vessels.  Protocols on Rottnest Island are the same as the mainland where the responsibility to enforce laws rest with the WA Police.  RIA accommodation security does respond to loud music or noise in accommodation units to try and resolve the matter as a first response.  Our Rangers do assist the police if called upon for assistance.   Should you experience antisocial behaviour please ring the police on 131 444 for action.


Since 2012, in order to reduce reliance on the Wadjemup Aquifer, the RIA has invested in other water sources, supported by a hydrological assessment of groundwater resources and preparation of a Groundwater Licence Operating Strategy (GLOS). Abstraction from the aquifer is now capped at 20,000kL per year, a significant reduction from the average of ~33,000kL per year abstracted since 2007.   The soon to be commissioned Waste Water Treatment Plant will increase recovery of wastewater ~65,000kL of waste water annually.

Since 2013, the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) has been undertaking research to assess groundwater quality, residence times, and flow paths. In 2015, the RIA in partnership with University of New South Wales, ANSTO, and the Department of Water obtained funding for a collaborative research project to further improve our knowledge and understanding.  Research in collaboration with the University of Western Australia is also in progress to gain a better understanding of the hydrological dynamics of Rottnest’s wetland
system and the microbial mats and microbialite communities.

A number of enquiries have been received as to the speed of the ferries in the 5kt zone at the end of Ferry Jetty. The Department of Transport has gazetted the area as 5 knots however have granted the ferry operators an exemption to allow travel at 8 knots. This has been done due to the minimum idle speed for these vessels can do.


ANZAC Day on Rottnest IslandRottnest Island has a long and proud tradition of military service. On ANZAC Day we commemorate those who have served their country with a special dawn service, followed by a Gunfire Breakfast, free Anzac-themed activities for kids, Oliver Hill Guns & Tunnel tours and more.

Discounted early morning ferries available from Hillarys with 
Rottnest Fast Ferries and Fremantle with Rottnest Express or take advantage of our 101 Anniversary accommodation special - for new bookings you'll receive your second night at just $101 (conditions apply/subject to availability). Visit

Rottnest Island typically enjoys warmer winters with less rainfall compared to the mainland. Enjoy a relaxing getaway this Winter with packages to suit all.

  • 3-night Mid-Week Package (includes 2 adult ferry fares) from $431* twin-share
  • 3-night Weekend Package (includes 2 adult ferry fares) from $473* twin-share 
  • 5-night Package (includes 2 adult ferry fares) from $580* twin-share
Mid-week packages are available from 26 April 2016 to 22 September 2016. Weekend packages are available from 20 May 2016 to 28 August 2016. *Conditions apply.
For details, visit

The RIA marine hire facilities are available throughout winter, with attractive low season rates perfect for calm sunny winter days. The facilities are rented on a 24hrs basis 10.00am to 10.00am and bookings can be made up to 3 months advance. Please be aware that during school holidays and special events, these facilities are in heavy demand. Click here to book your marine hire facilities using our
online booking system.

Book a Winter Escape and receive 50% off your rental mooring! Conditions apply. For details, visit

Escape to WA’s Island paradise and enjoy 2 days unlimited golf at the Rottnest Island Country Club.

  • 3 night Mid-Week Golf Package from $313* per person
  • 3 night Weekend Golf Package from $328* per person
    (Packages include return ferry travel & 2 days unlimited golf)

*Conditions apply. For details, phone Rottnest Island Reservations on (08) 9432 9111. Monday to Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm.

Ever wanted to live on the Island? Self-contained units are now available for up to 16 week extended stays from $510 per week between Wednesday 8 June 2016 and Wednesday 21 September 2016.  To reserve your unit, phone Rottnest Island Reservations on (08) 9432 9111. Monday to Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm.
Find out more.


April School Holiday Activity Program - 10-23 April 2016

Activities and tours will get you out exploring, mingling with pirates, creating quokka masks, learning about the Island’s natural environment and fascinating history. Suitable for children of any age – even adults who are young at heart! April program also includes some extra special activities hosted by Rottnest Island Staff reflecting our island theme or “Sustainability”. Visit

ANZAC Day - 25 April 2016
Presided over by officers from The Royal Australian Navy Number Two Flying School, the Dawn service commences at 6:00am on grassed area outside Dôme & Aristos Waterfront Restaurant. Visit

HIF Pro AM - 30 April 2016 - 1 May 2016
The Health Insurance Fund (HIF) Pro Am Series will see WA's best surfers compete in the three event series.

Stand Up Rottnest SUP Classic - 6-8 May 2016 
WA Stand Up Paddle Board Titles at Strickland Bay Rottnest Island. Visit


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