Rottnest ‘glamping’ site plans submitted
After more than a year of planning and negotiation, the final plans for Rottnest’s first “glamping” accommodation will be considered for approval next month.
As The West Australian revealed in April last year, a heads-of-agreement was signed last year for a new “glamorous camping” facility on two hectares of land between the island’s most popular swimming beach The Basin and Pinky’s beach.
As part of the agreement, a consortium involving the ferry company Rottnest Express and Broome’s The Billi Resort were given a 20-year lease on the site, with the option of a 20-year extension.
They planned 35 backpacker or budget tents, 29 four and five-star eco-tents and 10 affordable two-bedroom “family” tents.
They would all be elevated and made with state-of-the-art canvas.
The facility would also include a pool, a licensed bar, cafe, restaurant and function area for weddings. The first stage of the $13 million project was expected to be finished by now.
But with some changes to the original plans, the final concepts were only submitted to the Rottnest Island Authority earlier this year. The RIA board is expected to consider the plans at its next meeting next month.
In confirming the heads-of-agreement signing last year, former tourism minister Kim Hames said “glamping” was part of plans to diversity accommodation on Rottnest.
But other attempts to upgrade the island’s accommodation offerings have largely come to nothing.
Two attempts to secure a five-star hotel at Mt Herschel, on the northern side of the island, have failed spectacularly, with one developer saying it was “financially unviable” to build on the island.
Plans for a new Thomson Bay marina, with some additional accommodation, are being considered by the McGowan Government.