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You Can Buy This Entire Whitsundays Island

You Can Buy This Entire Whitsundays Island

A privately owned island in the Great Barrier Reef is up for sale. Anyone got a spare $30 million?

The island in question is Keswick Island, a 517-hectare isle found just off the coast of Mackay in Queensland. Its current owner, Edward Dawson-Damer, is a close family friend to the royal family after years spent working under Queen Elizabeth. Rumour has it Dawson-Damer has decided to sell the island to move onto other ventures (we’re assuming that means he’s off to be the new James Bond with a name as epic as Edward Dawson-Damer).

Here’s what you’ll be spending your hard earned (imaginary) millions on.

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Worth every penny.

Four hundred of Keswick’s 517 hectares is national park, with the entire island surrounded by reef. Currently, the island is home to a camping and glamping retreat, a beach house, a cottage and a kiosk. There’s already a sealed airstrip, 150 subdivided lots, a marina and preliminary infrastructure like power generation units, water and fuel storage, and landscaping equipment. Ace.

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If you’re lucky enough to purchase this slice of paradise you’ll gain access to a 117-hectare development lease from the Queensland government that you can use to set up new lodgings. The island, it’s said, could accommodate 1000 houses for about 3000 people – which, when you think logistically, is only $10,000 per person. You have 3000 friends, right? Good. Let’s do this.

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OK, let’s be real; owning a private island might not be in the budget, so here’s two private islands that you can rent instead.

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(All images: Keswick Island/Facebook)

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