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Ample opportunity is on the horizon to spend the night on the island home to the quokka. Image – Canva.
  • Place Development Australia, GPA Pty Ltd and Sirona Capital was selected
  • Will include upgrades to Lakeside Villas and former Boys Reformatory
  • Redevelopment to cost $40M

Rottnest Island, famed for its furry sensation the quokka, is set to get a major upgrade.

Following expressions of interest to redevelop the Lodge on Rottnest Island, six respondents were shortlisted.

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Foreground: WA Minister for Tourism, David Templeman, at Rottnest. Image – Supplied.

“The submissions were assessed by an expert panel including representatives from RIA, Office of Government Architect and a member of the Wadjemup Aboriginal Reference Group (WARG).”

The $40 million dollar proposal from Place Development Australia, GPA Pty Ltd and Sirona Capital was selected.

Rottnest Island from the air
Rottnest Island is 34 kms from Perth’s coast. Image – Canva.

Place Development’s proposal “includes 94 rooms, a day spa, restaurant, kiosk, beach lounge, coffee shop, bar, new pool and onsite staff accommodation.”

The Lodge will be designed by Fremantle architects Spaceagency, and include “extensive upgrades to existing buildings including the Lakeside Villas and accommodation within the former Boys Reformatory.”

“Extensive due diligence” has been conducted, and:

“The lease boundary for the project was adjusted to exclude any potentially sensitive areas.”

David Templeman, Minister for Tourism

Works are expected to get underway in mid-2022 and completed by 2025.

The Basin Rottnest Island
The Basin, a popular coral beach, Rottnest Island. Image – Canva.

In recent years, the Island has seen significant investment and development, Discovery Rottnest, a glamping area at Pinky Beach, was opened in 2019, and high-end accommodation Samphire Rottnest was opened in 2020.

The island has also seen the redevelopment of the Island’s museum, and an upgrade of the roads and $3 million put into the construction of a new fuel jetty.

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