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The Lodge

Rottnest Lodge Accommodation

The Rottnest Lodge redevelopment enhances tourism on the island with over 100 rooms, plus dining and cultural spaces, while respecting the area's Aboriginal heritage.


The Rottnest Lodge redevelopment, driven by RLR Holdings Pty Ltd, is a significant initiative under the Rottnest Island Management Plan 2023-28. This $40 million+ project aims to re-envision the Lodge in harmony with its natural and cultural setting, bringing a new tourism offering to the island.

The development includes over 100 accommodation rooms, a dining yard and bar, a function centre, a guest pool and a coffee and gelato kiosk, among other amenities. Emphasizing respect for the Aboriginal history of the area, the project includes a 'Gathering Ground' for cultural events.

Public consultation and a thorough development assessment process have been integral parts of this redevelopment to ensure community interests and heritage preservation are addressed.

Key benefits

A broad range of new accommodation options.
Enhanced visitor experience with new amenities including a function centre and pool.
Emphasis on respect for the site's Aboriginal history.
Generation of significant construction and hospitality jobs.
Contribution to Rottnest Island's appeal as a tourist destination.

Key dates

2020: Expression of interest held

Mid 2021: Preferred proponent appointed

September 2021: Public consultation held

Mid 2022: Site handover and forward works commenced

Mid 2023: Construction and refurbishment commenced

Late 2024: Estimated completion of construction for Stage One, which includes food and beverage, Boys Reformatory and lakeside villas refurbishment

Late 2025: Estimated completion of construction for Stage Two, which includes the function centre and poolside villas construction


Thomson Bay Settlement Area

Frequently asked questions

The project is a key initiative of the Rottnest Island Management Plan 2023-28 to facilitate new private developments and specifically to re-create the Lodge in harmony with its natural setting, while respecting the 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.

The site is located between the Thomson Bay Settlement and the salt lakes on the corner of Kitson Street and Digby Drive.
RLR Holdings Pty Ltd which is made of Western Australia companies; Place Development Australia and Pendulum Group.

The proposal includes over 100 accommodation rooms, a dining yard and bar, a coffee and gelato kiosk, a function centre, guest pool and service areas. The ‘Gathering Ground’ will be a dedicated space that acknowledges the important cultural history of the island - accommodating a series of public and private events, including ceremonies and cultural sharing with the Noongar community. More details about the development are available on the  developer's website.

Formal community consultation of the proposed development plans for The Lodge redevelopment was undertaken from 6 to 27 September 2021, with all submissions presented and considered. RIA conditionally approved the development in December 2021, subject to a suite of conditions.

Redevelopment of the Lodge commenced in August 2022 with final stage completion anticipated in late 2025.

A Construction Management Plan has been developed to minimise impacts to island visitors and businesses. However, there may be some impact including noise and additional vehicle movements.

Visitors could expect additional traffic to and from the construction area. Vehicles involved in the construction will be travelling via a pre-approved route from the Main Jetty to the site.

Construction vehicles should be expected during construction hours, Monday - Saturday.

The route construction vehicles will take has been devised to ensure minimal disruption to visitors and the environment. The route will take vehicles south along Henderson Avenue and along Brand Way, before briefly heading on Digby Drive to access Boreham Way.

For more details, refer to the  vehicle traffic map here.

Rottnest Island Authority is working closely with the proponent to ensure minimal impact on visitors. If you have any concerns about disruptions during your stay, please contact your accommodation provider.

General enquiries about the construction works or development can be emailed to  [email protected]

More details about the development are available on  the developer’s website.

Boreham Way will be closed for the construction period.

All surrounding walking trails will remain accessible to the public for most of the construction period. The Lakeside Path will be closed for a short period to facilitate pathway diversion and upgrade. Closure of the path is scheduled for 2025.

The Lodge is situated next to the former Aboriginal prison building known as the "Quod". 

The Quod is not included within The Lodge redevelopment site.

Whadjuk Noongar people will lead consultation on a proposal for the future of the Quod as part of The Wadjemup Project.

Contact and further information

You can reach us on the following details to find out more about this project. Contact lines are open Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm, excluding public holidays.
Start date
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Thomson Bay Settlement Area
Lodge redevelopment

What constitutes a Development?

A development is a large-scale commercial project that features significant change to the island and, given their scale, have the potential to impact the island, its visitors, residents, and staff.

Commercial developments require that a Development Application be submitted, and they must go through the relevant approvals process, which ensures that the island’s sensitive heritage and environmental values are taken into account.