Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Premier; Minister for Public Sector Management; State Development, Jobs and Trade; Federal-State Relations

Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Minister for Tourism; Racing and Gaming; Small Business; Defence Issues; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests

    More ferry services to boost summer visits to Rottnest Island

    4/11/2017 9:45 AM
    • ​Third ferry operator launches more ferry services to Rottnest Island
    • Rottnest Island will be more accessible for summer
    • More WA jobs created through new ferry service

    Rottnest Island is now more accessible with SeaLink launching a new passenger ferry service which will help put downward pressure on ferry tickets.


    Visitors will have more travel choices than ever before with two extra ferry services operating from Fremantle Port, and one additional service from Hillarys Boat Harbour.


    Premier Mark McGowan and Tourism Minister Paul Papalia today welcomed the extra ferry service as they set sail on SeaLink's inaugural ferry service from Fremantle.


    The Quokka 1 Ferry embarked on its maiden voyage to Rottnest Island with its first 300 passengers.


    SeaLink's passenger ferry schedule includes six services per day, complementing the existing schedules from established Rottnest Island ferry operators Rottnest Express and Rottnest Fast Ferries.


    Improved access to Rottnest Island in time for the busy summer period is a major boost, with the additional services expected to build on the 645,000 visitors to the island last year.


    Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:


    "Unique Western Australian holiday destinations, such as Rottnest Island, add to the State's vibrancy and help attract visitors, which provides an important boost to the economy.


    "With about 700,000 extra seats now available per year, the opportunity to visit Rottnest Island is greater than ever.


    "More visitors means more people through the door of local island businesses and boosting business, boosts jobs."


    Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia:


    "Rottnest Island is a State treasure, and something to be enjoyed frequently by tourists and Western Australians alike.


    "It's vital we maximise accessibility and affordability for families and tourists who wish to enjoy a holiday on the island.


    "All of the recent affordability initiatives are aimed at ensuring Rottnest Island remains the perfect summer getaway for hardworking WA families and visitors to this great State."


    Premier's office - 6552 5000

    Tourism Ministers office - 6552 5600