An artist's impression of the finished Discovery Rottnest Island glamping resort.
An artist’s impression of the finished Discovery Rottnest Island glamping resort.

Bookings are now being taken at Discovery Rottnest Island – a new eco-resort offering visitors an opportunity to ‘glamp’ on the island off the coast of Perth, Western Australia.

The resort – which opens on 01 March 2019 – is the first new development on the island in three decades. It is a $20 million joint venture development between management brand Discovery Holiday Parks and the Bailey’s Group, a WA-based investment circle which currently owns The Ghan and Indian Pacific cross-country trains. Bailey’s Group also own the Rottnest Express ferry, which links the island with three terminals on the mainland.

Discovery Rottnest Island features three tiers of guest accommodation, all connected to a central swimming pool and restaurant via boardwalks. In total, 83 furnished tents are being set up behind the sand dunes of Pinky Beach, in the island’s north-eastern corner. Each will offer an ensuite bathroom and a private deck with outdoor furniture.

Having completed an extensive application process to prove its environmentally-sound intentions, the WA government and Rottnest Island Authority Board gave the green light to the project.

One of the many bays and swimming beaches on Rottnest Island, WA.

Each tent offers direct access to Pinky Beach and The Basin. Guests will also have access to free wi-fi, BBQ facilities and a laundry service. A guest concierge service will also be available. A central point of the resort will be Pinky’s Beach Club which will be open to guests and visitors, serving drinks including locally inspired cocktails and meals.

Discovery Rottnest Island is also currently recruiting for around 70 positions at the new property, with roles ranging from General Manager through to housekeeping staff available.

Discovery Rottnest Island Director Tim Crosland said it was exciting to be able to reveal new information about the island to the public.

“Rottnest is a special place, and we know accommodation can be hard to secure. This new property adds to the number of rooms available, and offers an experience that hasn’t before been seen on the island,” he said.