Upcoming Events At Rottnest Island
A visit to Rottnest is an adventure in itself, but when there are special events on the go, the island experience can become next level incredible.
Although Rottnest is best known as a summer paradise and we’re now headed for the cooler months, there are still plenty of exciting happenings taking place. There’s something to suit visitors of all ages and stages and for a taste of what’s on the calendar in May, June and July, read on.
The Rip Curl Rottnest Search (16-26 May)
In May, Rotto is playing host to the inaugural Rip Curl Rottnest Search, a key event on the 2021 World Surf League Surf League Championship Tour calendar. This is a professional short-board event which will attract surfing icons from the world over in pursuit of the perfect swell and the sizeable prize purse. Although it’s a broadcast-only event, visitors to Rottnest will definitely feel the buzz and excitement surrounding this world-class event and can watch all the action on the big screen at selected venues on the island.
RunFun Travel Rottnest Running Festival (Saturday 13 June)
The West Australian Marathon Club is holding the RunFun Travel Rottnest Running Festival in June and the good news is that you don’t need to be an athlete to sign up!
All are welcome at this great community event and there’s a distance to suit everyone – even parents with prams. Starting with full marathon at 7am, the 21.1km at 8am, a 5km and 10km at 10am and 10.15am respectively plus a 300m Quokka Dash for kids happening at midday, the programme has been designed to suit everyone from elite athletes to weekend walkers.
It will be the 27th time that the marathon has been run and in keeping with tradition, the start will be heralded by bagpipes played on Armstrong Hill. It will be a fun day for the whole family, with all proceeds going to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Djindoon Djenung (Friday 2 July)
Look to the stars this July and explore the night sky at a beautiful evening of storytelling and stargazing with award-winning Noongar guide, Walter McGuire. Starting at 5.15pm with a Welcome to Country and a traditional Sand or Water Ceremony at the ocean’s edge at Wadjemup, the evening will unfold in a magical sharing of Dreamtime stories and insights in Aboriginal astronomy and culture and will conclude with a traditional smoking ceremony. Admission is free, but you will still need to book a ticket as capacity is limited in accordance with COVID Safe regulations.
Coastal Drift at the Gov’s Sports Bar (Saturday 19 June)
Even after 25 years of performing at what they say is the ‘best bar on the best island’, Coastal Drift are still attracting big crowds to their up-tempo blend of alternative classic and modern covers. With their strong emphasis on vocals and rhythm, the band promises an evening of lively entertainment with quality food and a range of cold beverages on offer from the bar and kitchen. Admission is free.
While these are the ‘formal’ events on offer at Rottnest over the next few months, remember that there is action on the island every day of the year. From coach tours, walking tours, Aboriginal culture tours, bike rides, golf and of course, the incredible adrenalin rush of a skydive over Rottnest Island, there’s never any shortage of things to do on the island.
Some activities are seasonal, so it’s always best to check beforehand (you can do this on the Rottnest Island website) but if the idea of skydiving has tickled your fancy, it’s good to know that it’s a year-round activity! Find out more from the Perth skydiving professionals, Skydive Geronimo and book your ultimate adventure here www.skydivegeronimo.com.au.