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Resorts tipped to bring fresh feel to Kalbarri

25/06/2008 - 22:00

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The first major tourism development in Kalbarri for more than 20 years will open its doors in October this year.

Resorts tipped to bring fresh feel to Kalbarri

The first major tourism development in Kalbarri for more than 20 years will open its doors in October this year.

The $16 million 4.5-star Kalbarri Edge Resort will feature 38 units offering two-bedroom, two-bathroom spa apartments, corporate and couple spa suites and studio rooms.

The development also includes conference facilities and a restaurant.

Developed by Jen Jessop and Neville Williams, the resort is located on Porter Street on the site formerly occupied by a mini putt golf course.

It is adjacent to the Best Western Kalbarri Palm Resort, the freehold of which is also owned by Mr Jessop.

The property is strata titled, with each luxury holiday apartment on the market from $424,000, plus furniture package. Fifteen have already been sold.

"Kalbarri's still a reasonable distance from Perth. There's a large number of things you can do - safe swimming in the river mouth, the national park, the wildflowers," Mr Jessop told WA Business News.

Site works for another major tourism development in Kalbarri, Godiniland's $25 million Eco Flora Resort, have started, with completion expected in 18 months' time.

Located on Red Bluff Road, the resort will comprise 50 units, with a choice of one-, two- and three-bedroom bungalows.

Godiniland is behind a major development in the town as part of its Kalbarri Vision master plan, with two residential estates, the Eco Flora Estate and Capital Hill Estate, on its 1,400-hectare landholding.

Edge Resorts is developing a second property in the beach town of Cervantes, 90 minutes drive north of Perth.

Work has already begun on the $12 million Edge Resort Cervantes development, located near Pinnacles National Park and comprising 26 self-catering apartments.

Construction is expected to be completed in 12 months.

A third Edge Resort will be developed in Geraldton, on the site of the former Club Sun City hotel, which will be demolished to make way for the 4.5-star, 34 apartment resort.

The Geraldton property will be developed in partnership with the Quality hotel group, and will be co-branded the Quality Edge Resort.

The group is also assessing potential development sites in Exmouth, Augusta and Esperance.

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