Rottnest Lodge Redevelopment

Rottnest Island Authority (RIA) has approved a development application for the Rottnest Lodge site on the corner of Kitson Street and Digby Drive, Rottnest Island.

The proposal includes 102 accommodation rooms (46 new rooms, 56 refurbished Boys Reformatory rooms and Lakeside Villas), food and beverage facility, café, wellness centre, pools and service areas.

A community information session was held for the proposal on Tuesday 21 September 2021; public comment was invited until Monday 11 October 2021.

A total of 23 submissions were received during the public consultation period, which included four from state government agencies. Of the 23 submissions received, 16 supported the application, five raised concerns and two objected.

A copy of the public submissions (names of the submitters have been removed) with a recommendation of how each of the matters have been addressed by the development assessment process is available here (PDF 900KB).

A copy of the approved plans, conditions of approval and 3D perspectives of the proposed development are available below:

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why is this proposal happening?

    The project is a key initiative of the Rottnest Island Management Plan 2020-24 to facilitate new private developments and specifically to re-create the Lodge in harmony with its natural setting, while respecting the solemn Aboriginal history of the area.

    RIA called for expressions of interest to redevelop the Rottnest Lodge site in March 2020. Six respondents were shortlisted and invited to submit detailed proposals against specific selection criteria including design, cultural and commercial factors. The submissions were assessed by an expert panel including representatives from RIA, Office of Government Architect, a representative of the Wadjemup Aboriginal Reference Group (WARG) and a Whadjuk Noongar Traditional owner.

  • Where is the Lodge located?

    The site is located between the Thomson Bay Settlement and the salt lakes on the corner of Kitson Street and Digby Drive.

  • Who is the proponent?

    Place Development Australia leads a Perth-based consortium including GPA Pty Ltd and Pendulum Group. The proposed development was designed by Fremantle architects Spaceagency.

  • What is proposed for the site?

    The proposal includes 108 accommodation rooms and 1 duty manager room, food and beverage facility, café, function centre, a pool and service areas.

  • When will construction start and when will the project be completed?

    Place Development is expected to take handover of the Lodge site following expiry of the current lease on 31 May 2022. Redevelopment of the Lodge site is anticipated to start in mid-2022 with completion in 2023.

  • 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. However there will be some impact including noise and additional vehicle movements.

  • What is happening to the Quod building?

    The Lodge is situated next to the former Aboriginal prison building known as the "Quod". Whadjuk Noongar people will lead consultation on a proposal for the future of the Quod as part of The Wadjemup Project. RIA has undertaken extensive due diligence on the Lodge site including ground penetrating radar surveys, an ethnographic survey and an archaeological survey in conjunction with Whadjuk Noongar Traditional Owners.

  • What is happening to the golf course?

    The Rottnest Lodge site is being progressed independently of the golf course. RIA is considering options for the golf course but proposes to retain the nine-hole course.