Mining magnate plans new $85m eco-resort in Exmouth

A new $85 million eco resort will be built in WA’s Exmouth thanks to the deep pockets of mining billionaire Andrew “Twiggy” Forest.

The Ningaloo Lighthouse Holiday Park in Vlamingh Head was bought by Forest’s Tattarang investment group with plans to redevelop the site into a “world-class” luxury eco resort with a capacity for 550 guests.

“There’s a big shortage of accommodation in Exmouth currently but also the other local hotel operators can see the benefit that the scale that it will bring to town will have a flow on to all the other operations there,” Tattarang’s John Hartman said.

The resort is slated to open in 2023.

Tourism Council WA welcomed the development which will include mixed accommodation options, restaurants and bars, swimming pools, and recreation and boating facilities.

“Western Australia has long lagged behind other destinations in creating new, sustainable resorts in regional areas, providing authentic experiences for Western Australians and out-of-state visitors,” Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said.

“It has been years since Western Australia saw a new, world-class resort built in regional WA.

“This innovative project will fill the gap for world-class accommodation and resort-style facilities which is expected by many guests.

“The diverse offering at the resort will accommodate the needs and budgets of all visitors, improving the guest experience for everyone.”