The area where the secret private island resort is for sale.
The area where the secret private island resort is for sale. Jorunn Lorenzen

Secret island for sale off Mackay coast

IMAGINE waking up to the gentle splashing of waves and chirping of birds. A balmy salty breeze coming through the open windows. You get up and go outside. The sand massaging your feet as the sun prickles on your skin. You dive straight into the ocean.

For those that have a spare few million under the floorboards the dream is not so unlikely. There are plenty of exclusive islands on the Queensland coast for sale. And from the investor to the private buyer and budget conscious there are options too.

There is even an island so exclusive it's location and name is kept secret. Take a look:

Blackbook Listing - Top exclusive secret retreat

An 'income producing island retreat' hosting an exclusive number of guests is for sale; this secret tropical island in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

The island is self-sufficient with wind and solar power and rain water reservoirs. Phone and internet service is available and the island can be accessed via the island's private commercial boat.

Sellers are asking a lofty $25-30 million for this exclusive retreat.

Wedge Island - For the budget conscious

This is an island bargain. Wedge Island is one kilometre off Keppel Island and five kilometres off the Central Queensland. The cost is only $495,000 AUD.

The nine hectare island has boat mooring, a generator and an eco-toilet.

St Bees Island - Local charm

 

St Bees Island.
St Bees Island. Shakira Sellen

Part of the South Whitsundays, St Bees Island is 50 kilometres north east of Mackay has a total area of 1100ha. The residential sanctuary consists of 4.2ha and two houses, one where the current owners live and the other a guest house with bar and community kitchen.

The island is home to Queensland's healthiest population of Koalas.

Due to ill health of the owners the island is for quick sale for $1.95 million AUD including all assets and furnishings.

Wild Duck Island - For the ground-up developer

 

Wild Duck Island.
Wild Duck Island.

For 15 years the 300-acre island and its abandoned resort project have been sitting empty, that is until workers arrived to clean up.

All infrastructure including an airstrip is there along with 25 separate two-bedroom brick bungalows. The buildings suffered water damage but are structurally sound and have been inhabited by islands wildlife. The 75 year lease and has 54 years left on it.

A 40 minute flight from Rockhampton Airport, this resort could be yours for $4.5 million.

Keswick Island - For investors and developers

 

Keswick Island.
Keswick Island. @stormybeachbelle

Keswick Island is a 512ha investment property that will interest luxury tourism developers and investors alike. The island has planning approval for large-scale development for a mixed residential and tourism development and even a marina permit.

A short 32km trip from the Mackay coast the island is in a prime position and individual residential lots are already on the market.

The Duke Group Archipelago - Not one island but THREE

Not one but three islands make up the Duke Group Archipelago 12 nautical miles south of Stanage Bay or 100 nautical miles south of Mackay.

The main island Marble Island spans across 2500 acres with the two smaller Hunter Island (300 acres) and Tynemouth Island (500 acres) close by.

Marble Island has three residences including the owner's beach house completed with marble flooring. The marble was sourced in a quarry on the island. The three-bedroom and two-bathroom house has a large open plan kitchen and living area.

The other two houses are a three-bedroom managers house and a two-bedroom guest house.

The island has facilities for extended stays including near-new cold rooms. For $12 million, why not spend the rest of your life holidaying here?

Camp Island Silver Shoals Lodge - For the private holiday islander

 

Camp Island, off the coast of Bowen.
Camp Island, off the coast of Bowen.

Make 6 acres of freehold tropical island your own in Abbot Bay in the Whitsunday region. The privately owned leisure island is only three kilometres off shore and surrounded by fringing reefs. The island also has 15 hectares of untouched national park.

Four private en-suite cabins make up the lodge with a shared living and dining area. You might feel completely disconnected in this paradise but the island has mobile phone and internet coverage!

Price $3.5 million.

Quoin Island - For the island weekender

 

Quoin Island.
Quoin Island.

Easy to access via ferry services from Gladstone three times per day lies an 11-acre freehold parcel of land on Quoin Island.

For $2 million the North facing parcel could be yours. The undeveloped land has views of the best beaches within the Gladstone Harbour and it's own private shell and sand gateway for a boat.

Wallabies and Koalas make up the wildlife on this island along with coconut trees and three large rare coral trees.



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