If you are looking to unwind and escape the pressures of daily life then the peace, tranquillity and glorious seclusion of Bedarra Island is the perfect place.
Located approximately 4 kilometres off the coast of tropical Far North Queensland, halfway between Cairns and Townsville, Bedarra Island is an exclusive privately owned tropical island on the Great Barrier Reef.
Bedarra is the "mother" island in the family group of islands discovered by Captain James Cook in 1770.
The inspiring surrounds became the home of one of the original beachcombers, artist Noel Wood. Noel lived a most idyllic lifestyle here for nearly 60 years and several of his original artworks are on display in the Bedarra Island House.
The peaceful Bedarra Island House has been a place for artists and chefs to create, couples to indulge themselves and families to enjoy "quality time" together.
This stunning pole home has 360 degree panoramic views. The back deck has views over Dunk Island and mainland Australia, the front deck views over the Family Group of islands south to Hinchinbrook Island and the endless horizon!
The home is eco friendly, totally private and secluded.
Mezzanine floor, reading lounge
Kitchen: gas oven and solar fridge
Outdoor shower with views over the Family Group of islands
Three fantastic decks
DVD / Stereo with iPod connection
The things to do on this tropical island are really up to you!
Walk along the rocks that line the edge of the secluded beaches.
Bring your snorkelling gear and discover the tropical sea life that reside in these unspoilt waters.
Take an easy climb to the top of the rocky headland and look out for dolphins cruising through the Family Islands.
Walk to the lookout where the horizon seems endless.
Paddle in a kayak around the bay or around the island. There are two stable kayaks provided free of charge.
The warm and protected waters provide pleasant year round swimming.
Grab a glass of wine and some binoculars and sit back on the front deck to view the abundant birdlife that inhabit this tropical island.
Lie back with a book on any of the three decks. Your background can be the Hinchinbrook Channel, the mainland, Dunk Island or the ships sailing by, what a choice!
You can fish, either from the beach or rocks or for those that want a 'hard on' fishing experience you can charter a boat to take you to the big fish!
Boats are also available for charter to visit other nearby National Park Islands for picnics, snorkelling and diving.
Bedarra Island is located off Mission Beach, Far North Queensland. The closest airport is Cairns. You can then travel by either caoch, car or helicopter to Mission Beach. From Mission Beach you can travel to Bedarra Island via boat or helicopter. The boat ride is approximately 30 - 40 minutes.
Food and Beverage Supplies
There are no shops on Bedarra so all your supplies will need to be taken with you. We can assist you with your orders or provide you with local suppliers contact details. The suppliers will pack and the supplies will travel with you to the island.
What to wear?
As you will transfer from Mission Beach by boat you’ll need to wade through shallow waters and assist with luggage/groceries from/to the beach, boat and house…it is suggested that you have shoes that are easily removed and maybe a change of clothes eg shorts. In winter the evenings can be cool so please pack some warm clothes.
What to pack?
Basically as little as possible. A few casual clothes and one pair of shoes, maybe some sandals or slides…don’t bring towels and linen as the house is fully stocked. Do bring some of your favourite books, magazines, hat, camera, sunscreen, toothpaste, Ipod etc. If possible do not bring lots of little bags, but a duffle style bag that is easy to manage. Consider packing a small back pack and reef shoes for outdoor exploration.
On arrival at Bedarra
You will be met by the caretakers who will bring the 'Haffy' (motorised wheelbarrow) and assist you to the house and provide an orientation of the house, island and surrounds.
The house runs on a solar power system.
This is a limited resource, please conserve it. The tap water is from an island spring, safe and wonderful to drink.
All garbage is removed by guests. Disposal of garbage is included in your transfer. Please use strong garbage bags.
Your departure time would have been advised prior to your arrival. Our caretakers will contact you prior to departure to verify your transfers and make arrangements for their assistance with your belongings on the Haffy.
Telstra mobile phones work very well on the island. Optus and some of the other companies do have problems.