Introduction of Rottnest Island Annual Transport Pass for WA Locals

24th October 2017
Bathurst Lighthouse, Rottnest Island. Photo Credit: Rottnest Island Authority

Rottnest Island visitation continues to grow with a record 647,000 visitors during the 2016/17 financial year whilst at the same time achieving an overall satisfaction rate of 97%.

With the recent announcement of a third ferry operator to the island ADAMS expects a significant increase to family day visitors many of whom will make multiple visits every year to enjoy some of the incredible 63 beaches and 20 bays the island offers. Whilst the allure of riding bicycles is completely understandable we expect many regular visitors will want to take advantage of the Island Explorer hop on hop off bus service.

“The Island Explorer service is fully wheelchair accessible and air- conditioned so it’s a great option for families with young children and prams that find the hassle of transporting bikes to the island just too difficult, In addition to the introduction of an annual transport pass we are also doubling the frequency of the island Explorer service from the 1st December until 28th February 2018 meaning buses will depart every 20 minutes during the day 7 days per week” said Adam Barnard Managing Director ADAMS Group.

Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said Rottnest Island is the jewel in the crown of Western Australia’s tourism offerings and to see local businesses assist in making it more affordable for visitors is commendable. “The Hop on Hop off Island Explorer service is a wonderful way to explore Rottnest Island, whether it’s to hitch a ride to your favourite bay for a swim or to just sit in air-conditioned comfort and be driven past all the scenic sites” Minister Papalia said.

Pricing Structure:

Annual Transport Pass effective 1st December 2017 – 30th November 2018

  • Adults: $50
  • Concession: $35
  • Child $25

Annual Pass provides for unlimited usage of the hop on hop off Island Explorer service and the accommodation shuttle that runs between Georgie Bay, Kingston Barracks and the settlement.

Fast Facts:

  • ADAMS Group operates the transport network on Rottnest Island under a 10 year concession agreement which commenced in December 2015.
  • The annual transport pass supersedes the “Boaties” pass for visitors to the island that arrive by private vessel.
  • The pricing structure represents a discount exceeding 50% on previous years.

Annual passes are available for purchase at the Rottnest Island Visitors Centre.

Media Contact: Graeme Skeggs – General Manager Tourism Services
[email protected]