Discovery Staff Housing

Rottnest Island Authority (RIA) is assessing a development application to develop housing for staff working at Discovery Rottnest Island/Pinky’s Beach Club.

The proposed location for the development is at 11-17 Parker Point Road, Rottnest Island and includes: 

  • 12 dwellings consisting of 7 detached studio villas,
  • 2 detached 1 bedroom villas,
  • 3 detached 3 bedroom houses and service/amenity areas (containing bin stores, drying areas and bicycle storage). 

The public comment period for the development application is now closed. RIA is reviewing any submissions and preparing to determine the development application.

The proposed plans and supporting information are available below: 


All persons that made a submission during the public comment process will be informed in writing of RIA’s determination and this will generally occur within 30 days of the development application being determined.

J Banks  
Executive Director 
Rottnest Island Authority PO Box 693 FREMANTLE WA 6959

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why is this proposal happening?

    A key initiative of the Rottnest Island Management Plan 2020-24 is to facilitate new private developments and specifically for commercial developments to provide housing for their own staff. Currently staff housing availability is especially constrained during the peak summer season and is under increasing pressure throughout the year. 

    The development will provide additional staff housing for people working at Discovery Rottnest Island/Pinky’s Beach Club.

  • Where is the development located?

    The site is located within the Thomson Bay Settlement Area at 11-17 Parker Point Road, South Thomson.

  • Who is the proponent?

    Discovery Rottnest Island is the proponent for the development.  Discovery Parks is the operator of the Pinky’s Beach Club located on the north side of Rottnest Island adjacent to Pinky Beach. The proposed development was designed by a Perth firm, Lyons Architects.

  • What is proposed for the site?

    12 dwellings consisting of 7 detached studio villas, 2 detached 1 bedroom villas, 3 detached 3 bedroom houses and service/amenity areas (containing bin stores, drying areas and bicycle storage). 

  • If the development application is approved, when will construction start and when will the project be completed?

    Development is anticipated to start in mid 2022 with completion by the end of the year.

  • Will construction cause disruption to visitors?

    The construction phase will require a construction and traffic management plan to minimise impacts to Island visitors and businesses. 

  • What happens after the end of public consultation?

    Rottnest Island Authority will make its final decision on the development application following public consultation and assessment of the application. All persons and organisations that made a submission during the comment process will be informed in writing of the RIA’s determination and this will generally occur within 30 days of the development application being determined. Submissions that are not confidential may be published on RIA’s website (with names removed) and may be publicly accessible.