Rottnest Island gears up for glamping
Visitors to Rottnest Island will late next year be able to sleep in “eco tents” costing between $100 and $350 a night, if new plans are approved.
The Baileys Group, which operates Rottnest Express ferries, has submitted a development application to build the island’s first glamping resort in the dunes at Pinky’s beach.
The Rottnest Island Authority yesterday launched a three-week public consultation on the Pinky’s Eco Retreat proposal. The RIA board is expected to make its determination next month.
If given the go-ahead, construction of 86 tents of varying sizes and styles will start in November. The anticipated opening is between October and December 2018.
The resort includes a “beach club nestled in the dunes”, which will include a tented pavilion with daybeds and a sand floor “to sit in the shade and relax after a day at the beach”. Anyone will be able to visit the retreat and beach club.
The site is next to the campground behind Pinky’s beach, one of Rotto’s most popular swimming beaches.
All public access routes to the beach will remain. Two extra boardwalks to Pinky’s beach will be built, plus another to The Basin. There will also be a new dinghy tie-up jetty at the western corner of the bay.
A requirement is that the tents cannot be visible when standing on the beach at the high watermark. The tents don’t require concrete slabs and “are simply screwed into the sand”, according to Baileys’ website.
The retreat “floats above the current flora via raised walkways and raised tents” and there will be no fences to keep the wildlife out.
Some camp sites at the existing campground will be replaced by the new tents.
Baileys Group said the accommodation had been priced “to be accessible to all and provide an enhanced camping experience”.
When bookings open, budget tents will be priced at $100-$125 per night, traditional tents at $200-$225, family and group tents $200-$250 and premium at $300-$350.
A public information session will be held on Wednesday, July 26 from 4.30pm-6pm at the Fremantle Maritime Museum’s boardroom. View the plans at ria.wa.gov.au.