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Glamping launches on WA’s Rottnest Island

1 Mar 2019

Media Release

Glamping launches on WA’s Rottnest Island

Discovery – Rottnest Island, the first new accommodation on Rottnest Island in over 30 years, today opens with a sell-out first weekend.

The 2.8 hectare property is nestled behind the dunes of famous Pinky Beach with 83 fully furnished eco-tents, a resort pool and pool bar, along with property centerpiece - Pinky’s Beach Club.

Discovery – Rottnest Island General Manager Andy Cleverley said that the property brings world-class glamping to Rottnest Island.

“Today we welcome our first guests to the new Discovery – Rottnest Island, showcasing what is a truly spectacular tourism experience.”

“Our opening has been years in the making and is much anticipated by everyone from Perth locals to international travel trade. Our opening weekend along with most of March and Easter are heavily booked, and this weekend marks an exciting milestone,” said Andy.

Discovery – Rottnest Island’s 83 eco tents come in four service levels with each tent featuring an ensuite bathroom, pillow-topped bed and furnished private decks. Many tents also include kitchenettes, with the Deluxe tents boasting opulent beachfront views and walk-in wardrobes.

The eco tents are linked via walkways and boardwalks to Pinky’s Beach Club, which is the heart of the property, and the ideal place to capture the sunset over a meal or drink.

“We recognise that Rottnest Island is a special place for locals, with the vast majority of visitors to the island being West Australians,” said Andy.

“We aim to add an exciting new experience to the traditional Rotto family holiday, while also giving interstate and international guests a new reason to visit and stay at Rottnest Island,” said Andy.

Discovery - Rottnest Island is Rottnest’s first eco-resort and the first new accommodation to be built on the island in more than 30 years. The property is the result of a joint venture between two of Australia’s most experienced tourism operators – Baileys Group and Discovery Holiday Parks.

Significant support from, and collaboration with, the Rottnest Island Authority (RIA) has taken the property from concept to reality.

Discovery - Rottnest Island has created more than 70 full-time, part-time and casual employment opportunities for hospitality industry personnel on the Island.

The property was developed by locals with construction of the resort generating 200 direct jobs including architects, project consultants, builders and trades, and around 350 indirect jobs.

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About Discovery Rottnest Island
The $25 million development is a joint venture between WA’s Baileys Group, and Discovery Holiday Parks. It has undergone an intensive application process to ensure the development preserves the island’s environmental integrity.

Discovery Rottnest Island has been developed with the local Rottnest holiday maker very much in mind, but will also cater for visitors to Western Australia who seek out an exceptional natural experience. Accordingly, accommodation options range from affordable family tents through to a true five-star glamping experience.

The project has the full support of the Rottnest Island Authority Board and the Western Australian Government.


Discovery Parks
As Australia’s largest owner and operator of holiday parks, Discovery Parks knows how to create holiday experiences.

With around 40 properties in WA, and over 250 across Australia, Discovery is a significant contributor to the local and national tourism economy.

Discovery Rottnest Island is the first property in the company’s new ‘Experience’ portfolio, which sits along the company’s existing brands of Discovery Parks, Top Parks and G’DAY Rewards.


Baileys Group
For more than 30 years the Baileys Group Directors have built national businesses in the marine infrastructure, marine transport and tourism industries. They all grew up on the West Australian coastline regularly visiting Rottnest Island and enjoying all that Rottnest has to offer.

Having owned and operated Rottnest Express for over 10 years the Baileys Group has had a strong affinity to Rottnest and the WA tourism industry. Baileys Group were previously shareholders in Experience Australia Group, which owns Rottnest Express along with The Ghan and The Indian Pacific and the Whitsundays’ biggest tourism operator, Cruise Whitsunday. They maintain marine fuel infrastructure in Broome and operate the largest fuel facility in Sydney Harbour at White Bay 6, Balmain.

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