Perth, the capital of Western Australia has an island just 18 kilometres offshore. Called Rottnest Island, because the first Dutch explorers mistook the island’s small marsupial, the quokka, for a rat, Rotto, as it is colloquially known, is a favourite holiday island for both locals and visitors alike.
Most people catch a ferry to reach Rotto, and the island is about to get a brand new ferry. Named Harbour Master, the ferry has left its former home of Strahan in Tasmania, to sail to Perth via Port Lincoln in South Australia and Esperance in the southeast of Western Australia.
The journey took four days and had a crew of seven, including owner-operators Lucas Crispin and James Mulholland.
Harbour Master is being refitted at Henderson just south of Perth before she goes into service. The vessel is a double-hulled catamaran, which will give a smoother ride across the Indian Ocean waters between the two terminals.
Customer expectations are changing and they recognise the need to change with them in every aspect, delivering a quality experience for the customer. Harbour Master will form a large part of this. The vessel features oversize panoramic windows, two large outdoor areas, plus two passenger decks with forward facing windows, and café and bar.
It is Rottnest Fast Ferries policy that children travel for free on the voyages.