ROTTNEST’S $25 million glamping development is set to open its doors in three weeks.
The first guests will stay at Discovery – Rottnest Island’s eco tents on March 1, with all 83 tents fully booked for the weekend.
It is the first major development on the island in 30 years and 28,000 guests are expected to stay each year.
Tourism Minister Paul Papalia toured the facility today while workers put the final touches on the site.
“Rottnest’s reinvigoration is underway and this is another major milestone for the island and WA tourism,” he said.
“Discovery – Rottnest Island will enhance the island’s appeal to emerging tourism markets, while still remaining accessible to Western Australians who have treasured Rottnest for decades.”
General Manager Andy Cleverley said bookings for the facility were ahead of where he thought they would be.
“They’re going really well – the first weekend is 100 per cent full, and the following weekends are going fast,” he said.
The currently bare grounds will be planted with 13,000 native plants over a few stages.
There is a new walkway to Pinky’s Beach, and the Pinky’s Beach Club complex featuring licensed dining areas and an alfresco bar will be open to the public.
The area also has a pool for Discovery – Rottnest Island guests.
Rates range from $150 per night to $600 per night, from budget tents to family and deluxe tents.