Ben McKimm

9 Best Private Island Retreats in Australia | Man of Many


1. Satellite Island

If you’re seeking something a little more rugged and far away from the big smoke, you need to check out this island situated just off the south coast of Tasmania near Bruny Island. Satellite island offers exclusive access to 34 hectares of native bush, sea cliffs, pebble beaches and sunny coves. The best part of all? You’ll only share your stay with the island’s resident deer and rare white-breasted sea eagles.

2. Picnic Island

Just around the corner from Wineglass Bay in Tasmania’s Freycinet National Park, is the small private Picnic Island. Wild in nature (literally) this experience offers the adventure retreat of a lifetime with its stunning copper-clad lodging making it perfect for hosted adventure retreats, or a group escape. With both day trip and overnight experiences available, the adventure doesn’t have to stop.

3. Tiwi Island Retreat

Often referred to as the ‘Island of smiles’, Tiwi Island is the perfect off-the-beaten-track destination with a rich Indigenous culture. If you’re up for a flick, stay on the remote South West coast of Bathurst Island where Tiwi Island Resort offers some of the Northern Territory’s best fishing, adventure and Indigenous arts and cultural experiences.

4. Makepeace Island

Looking for something a little more relaxing for your private island holiday? Look no further than heart-shaped Makepeace Island located on the Noosa River on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Described as a ‘sanctuary of seclusion,’ Sir Richard Branson’s private hideaway hosts up to 20 guests and focuses on relaxation and rejuvenation. When lounging around becomes too much hard work, you’re encouraged to utilise the onsite facilities including tennis courts, swimming pools, water sports and yoga.

5. Fraser Island Retreat

One of Victoria’s best kept secrets, Fraser Island Retreat is hidden away in the beautiful Gippsland Lakes near Lakes Entrance, approximately four hours’ drive from Melbourne. The retreat offers 11 rooms to house up to 38 people in the 100-year-old homestead “Kawar”, and the option of additional accommodation for 10 in private cabins with an exclusive booking, making it one of the most premium, secluded group accommodation options in the state.

6. Orpheus Island Lodge

With only 28 guest places on offer, there’s only enough space for the extended family at the Orpheus Island Lodge. The all-inclusive private island accommodation located in the Great Barrier Reef, is one of the only truly private experiences on the reef. With only 14 rooms, suites and villas, it is the ultimate secluded tropical paradise, surrounded by pristine fringe reef accessible on your doorstep.

7. Haggerstone Island Resort

Welcome to one of Australia’s most private islands, Haggerstone offers an unparalleled adventure experience tailored to each individual guest. Located over 800km north of Cairns close to the northernmost tip of Queensland, this uniquely designed lodge accommodation blends seamlessly along the island foreshore, with each private villa offering its own pristine beachfront and sea view. The island accommodates just twelve guests, meaning you can easily book the whole place out for you and a group.

8. Bedarra

Introducing the Bedarra, another gem smack bang on the Great Barrier Reef between Cairns and Townsville. This all-inclusive, private resort offers the ultimate in barefoot luxury, with just ten private villas hidden amongst 45 hectares of tropical rainforest. More than just a nice place to visit, the island offers solitude, privacy and sublime views over the reef for a maximum of 20 guests.

9. Lizard Island

We’re finishing off with another sublime island residence at the northernmost tip of the Great Barrier Reef. Lizard Island is awesome in its seclusion with little to no evidence of city life it truly feels like another part of the world. Located on a 1,013-hectare National Park surrounded by World-Heritage listed coral reefs, the island offers natural privacy, as well as easy access to one of the greatest natural wonders of the world.
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