Rottnest Island

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Rottnest Island, also locally referred to as Rotto or Rottnest, is located 18 kilometers off the coast of Western Australia, near Fremantle. It is called Wadjemup by the Noongar people, meaning "place across the water". The island is 11 kilometers long, and 4.5 kilometers at its widest point with a total land area of 19 km². It is the finish location of the annual Rottnest Channel Swim and is managed by the Rottnest Island Authority. It is part of the Quatro Break or Quatro Crown of Prison Island Swims originally coined by Ned Denison.

It has been an important local holiday destination for over 50 years. The Rottnest Island Authority collects revenue by imposing a landing fee on all visitors to the island.

[edit] Quatro Break

Rottnest Island is also one of the swims of the Quatro Crown of Prison Island Swims, an extension of the Triple Crown of Prison Island Swims. Quatro Break sites include:

1. Robben Island is the former isolated prison home of Nelson Mandella and other South Africans 7.5 kilometers off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa.
2. Alcatraz Island is the former isolated prison home of Al Capone and other celebrated American criminals 1.5 miles from Aquatic Park in San Francisco Bay in California, U.S.A.
3. Spike Island (Irish: Inis Píc) is the former isolated prison home of infamous immates 2 kilometers off the coast in Cobh Harbour, Ireland.
4. Rottnest Island sites 19.7 km west of Perth in Western Australia. It was used as an Aboriginal prison between 1838 and 1931 where 3,700 Aboriginal men and boys were imprisoned.

Robben Island, Alcatraz Island, Spike Island and Rottnest Island, once well-guarded isolated prison islands, are now 21st century sites better known for challenging prison island swims with tricky currents and surrounding marine life. Convicts have given way to open water traditionalists and wetsuit-clad triathletes and swimmers.

[edit] Prison Island Swims

Rottnest Island is one of the 8 open water swims of the Octad of Open Water Swims or Prison Island Swims that includes the following open water swims around formerly well-guarded isolated prison islands. Robben Island, Alcatraz Island, Spike Island and Rottnest Island are now 21st century sites better known for challenging open water swims with tricky currents and surrounding marine life. Convicts of the past have given way to contemporary open water swimming traditionalists and wetsuit-clad triathletes and swimmers.

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