In the pink after glamping staycation on Rottnest

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LEYANNE BAILLIE experiences luxe camping at the new Discovery Rottnest Island

I am packing for Rottnest and I’m beginning to panic. It seemed like a good idea when I booked but the closer I get to departure day, the more doubts I am having.

I’m a bit of a five-star princess. When I’m on holiday, I like my accommodation to be, at the very least, as nice as home. We’ve booked three nights at Discovery Rottnest Island, the newest addition to the island’s accommodation offerings. It’s been touted as glamping, but what does that really mean?

What if the bathroom isn’t a proper bathroom? Are there really kitchen facilities? Is there a plug point for my hairdryer? Will I be dragging dirt and sand into the tent and, more importantly, into my bed? And how comfortable is that bed?

After a smooth 40-minute crossing from Hillarys to Thomson Bay and a five-minute cycle up to Pinky’s, I discover I was worrying over nothing and camping at Discovery is luxury all the way.

From the hotel-style bathroom (it’s better than my ensuite at home!) with plenty of white fluffy towels and double-width shower, to the crisp white linen on the incredibly comfortable king-size bed. From the smart fitted kitchenette, complete with fridge, microwave, toaster and kettle, plus a good selection of glasses and crockery, and plugs with built-in USB charger sockets, to the extra touches such as a luggage rack to store your suitcase, a sumptuous rug over stylish wooden floorboards in the living/bedroom area, toiletries in the bathroom and premium hot chocolate, as well as the usual tea and coffee sachets, in the kitchen.

There are even bedside tables with drawers, and a canvas wardrobe so you don’t have to live out of your suitcase. And especially welcome in summer, a ceiling fan and plenty of fly-screened windows to cool things down. Discovery is Rottnest accommodation like never before.

We are in a superior family tent which has an additional zip-up annex with a bunk bed, so it sleeps four. There is a good-sized deck with plenty of outdoor furniture, perfect for dining or sitting watching the world go by.


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