After acquiring the resort back in 2015, WA insurance company RAC has unveiled its $70 million plans to upgrade Ningaloo Reef Resort in Coral Bay, which officially closed for the redevelopment yesterday.
“With many of our facilities requiring much-needed upgrades, we are planning to undertake an exciting redevelopment,” said a post on Ningaloo Reef Resort’s Facebook page.
“This project will provide an improved guest experience and help more people to enjoy the wonders of Coral Bay and the Ningaloo Reef. If approved, our project is scheduled to commence in early 2024 and is expected to take around two years to complete.”
Business News reports that the new resort has been earmarked for completion by the time the 2027 peak tourist season arrives, with an expanded capacity from 160 to 270 people.
Per the RAC website: “The new resort would grow from 34 to 90 units, ranging between 1-bedroom units to 3-bedroom family options. Resort guests will have access to a new ‘clubhouse’, featuring a restaurant, bar, and alfresco and function space.”
The project is still subject to approvals, and will include a new solar system to power the resort and further amenities that don’t require gas.
“Current plans for the redeveloped Ningaloo Reef Resort include integrating renewable energy sources into the design, including a strong focus on solar and battery systems. Induction cooking appliances and heat pump hot water systems will be used, eliminating the need for gas,” says RAC.
RAC submitted a development application to the Shire of Carnarvon, which will put the plans out for public comment.
The plans also include the recently-completed 42-unit staff accommodation village, named Wuruwuru (Baiyungu term for ‘Wave’), which will house construction workers and contractors during construction.
“The new Ningaloo Reef Resort will provide an important increase to accommodation in Coral Bay with only a small expansion to the overall site footprint, ensuring more people can enjoy this beautiful part of the world.
You can learn more via the RAC Parks and Resorts website.
Image credit: RAC/Ningaloo Reef Resort