The South32 Rottnest Channel Swim is a 19.7km open water swim from Cottesloe Beach to Rottnest Island held on Saturday, 25 February 2023.
Highly regarded worldwide and one of Western Australia’s iconic events, the Rottnest Channel Swim is a 19.7km open water swim from Cottesloe Beach to Rottnest Island.
Whether you’re a swimmer, volunteer or skipper, here you’ll find all the important dates and details for the events that will get you ready for the swim.
There’s a number of categories that you could be involved with on the day. Swim with friends or conquer it solo – find one that suits you here.
Quick links for swimmers
Whether you’re swimming alone or with friends, there’s a few things you need to know in order for the day to run smoothly for you and those around you. We’ve got all the important information you need to know for both the lead up to the event, and event day itself.
Rottnest Channel Swim simply would not be possible without a support crew
There’s a few different ways we could use your help
If you want to check out the action on the day, there’s a few things to keep in mind.
Come and experience the trepidation of the start! The first wave leaves at 5.45am, with the last wave leaving at 7.40am – so it’s important to make sure you get down early. Parking around the beach is limited, so make sure you plan accordingly to avoid last minute hassle.
The first swimmers will arrive at the island at around 10am, so it’s a good idea to be at the island at 9.30am. Ferries fill up quickly, so make sure you make a booking early so you don’t miss out. There’ll be sponsor activities happening all day, so you can make a day of it after the final waves of swimmers come in. The event will finish at 5pm.
Badge of honour
Show the world you’re one of a kind
Conquering the Rottnest Channel Swim is no easy feat. We don’t blame you for wanting to let everyone know about your amazing achievement – organising a solo swimmer license plate is a great way to do this.