For many of us born and bred Perth locals, our childhood summers weren’t complete without at least one trip to Rottnest Island or Rotto as it’s fondly known – just shy of 20km off the coast of Fremantle. The island boasts jaw-dropping azure ocean, prolific marine life, roads and paths sprinkled with push bikes (aside from service vehicles, there are no cars on Rotto) and Quokkas – dubbed the ‘happiest animal in the world’ and now the subject of the renowned #quokkaselfie.
As soon as you step off the ferry you’re on ‘Rotto time’ with sunset as the only cue for dinner time. You end up playing cricket with a neighbouring family whose kids end up joining your own ‘bike squad’, and fresh ocean breeze fresh hits you at every angle. It. Is. Bliss. These nostalgic Rottnest memories made us all the more excited to get a sneak peak at the island’s newest digs – Discovery Rottnest, which is getting ready to pave the way for an abundance of new memories for island-goers.
The $20 million dollar resort is the first of its kind on the island – boasting 83 eco-glamping tents dotted between shady Tuart trees on the lead up to Pinky’s Beach. After a six year build, owners the Baileys Group and Discovery Holiday Parks have done an exceptional job in producing a resort that caters for, well…everyone. Ensuites and private decks are standard inclusions, and aside from the base option tents (ideal for overnighters or for those who prefer to dine out), all tents have their own kitchenette – especially useful for families. The Deluxe ‘Dune’ Tents are the pinnacle, featuring sweeping coastal views and traditional ‘tent canvas’ exteriors juxtaposed by lush bedlinen and lavish brass tapware in minimalist hotel-style bathrooms.
The icing on the cake is undeniably Pinky’s Beach Club, which along with an impressive range of drinks and dining choices, features gobsmacking views of Pinky’s Beach. Once opened it will be THE spot to watch the sunset. Guests and beachgoers alike can venture to Pinky’s Beach Club but only those staying at the resort can access the impressive 30m pool, which will no doubt be hit when the afternoon sea breeze sets in.
Attention to detail hasn’t gone astray – the outdoor dining area is expertly positioned to showcase the iconic lighthouse, and walking paths provide direct access to Pinky’s Beach and The Basin. BBQs are scattered throughout the resort, with BBQ packs and salads available at the beach club but for nights when it’s ‘tools down’ in the kitchen, the onsite restaurant menu is flavour-packed (with meals to appease the kids!).
After not having been to Rottnest for over 5 years, the childhood memories came flooding back in a heartbeat as soon as we stepped onto the jetty, and we’re surely not the only ones eager to make many new memories at Discovery Rottnest.
Words and images by Jade Just – Contributing Travel Editor
Discovery Rottnest will open on March 1.
Rates start from $119 (off peak) for a standard tent, and bookings can be made here.