Fares to Rotto may get a little cheaper come November, when a third ferry service to the island begins.
Captain Cook Cruises will launch an additional ferry service from Fremantle, joining Rottnest Express and Rottnest Fast Ferries in providing transport to Rottnest.
Captain Cook's parent company SeaLink will redeploy its 400-passenger high-speed water-jet catamaran ferry MV Capricornian Sunset from Queensland for the new service.
It will run between Fremantle and the main jetty on Rottnest, and is expected to tie in with Captain Cook's existing cruises on the Swan River to provide transfers from the Perth CBD.
A total of 645,000 people visited Rottnest last financial year — up 6 per cent — and the State Government hopes the new service will further boost that number.
"If we want to keep increasing visitation numbers, it is necessary to increase accessibility and services to the island," Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said.
Premier Mark McGowan said the Government hoped the additional service would "put downward pressure on the price of a trip to Rottnest, making it more affordable".
Prices and schedules for the new Captain Cook Cruises ferry will be released closer to start of operations in November.
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