Island Shopping? – Entire Privately owned Turtle Island is on the market

Shame that this island does not have a Caravan Park!


“Private island ownership has long been associated with the rich and famous, in fact, Julia Roberts missed out on owning this very property prior to the current owners purchasing the island 11 years ago. Turtle Island, Queensland, (East Coast) is located on the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef renowned for its varied and colourful reef ecosystems, crystal clear waters, diving and snorkeling. The 23.25 acre island is on the market for “Expressions of interest”.

Richard Vanhoff, Coldwell Banker GC Property Group who is marketing the property said: “There is an element of fantasy, and ultimate indulgence, on owing your own Island as it provides a private sanctuary with 360 degree ocean views, beaches, flora and fauna and no neighbours. What is rare about this island is that it is freehold and the majority of islands around Australia are leasehold”.

The current owners purchased the island in 1999 and totally upgraded the 5 bedroom beachfront residence which is on an elevated position on the island. The grounds and gardens around the home also underwent a huge revegitation of botanical plants. This private home would suit any family as well as a movie star, a recluse who needs a hideaway, or perhaps a rock star recording their next album!.

This sensational residence includes a gracious master bedroom with modern en-suite bathroom. The home includes a guest wing with three separate bedrooms, each with en-suite bathrooms and lounges.

This exquisite home also comprises a huge kitchen for large catering activities, pantry and goods store to stock up for months. A music room and pool room for additonal entertainment. The main lounge and family areas have high ceilings with hand picked wooden floors and large opening doors to catch the sea breezes and absorb the sensational views. Surrounding the eastern side of the home is a wide timber veranda.

The in-ground pool overlooks the ocean and the surrounding islands of Lady Musgrave and Heron Island less than an hour from your own private jetty.

The island is self sufficient with 15 interconnecting fresh water tanks, two dams, solar panel collectors for generating electricity and a power diesel generator. Telephone and Internet access are provided by satellite. A 5 car garage and various out buildings for storage and equipment complete the facilities.

Richard Vanhoff also said “Although sanctuary is the ultimate goal of island ownership, the facilities of the modern world are on your door step with the local barge car ferry taking you to the mainland in only 15 mins or, you can launch your own boat from your jetty or leave from your helipad”.

Turtle Island is located 15 minutes from the bustling port and deep water harbour and marina of Gladstone providing all your amenities. The city of Gladstone airport connects to all major cities.”

Manbulloo Homestead Caravan Park near Katherine Northern Territory

Our roving reporter Rosemarie Edwards has written another despatch, this time from the Northern Territory:

When caravanning in the northern territory,  we decided we would check out different places to stay,  one was a place called Manbulloo Homestead, which is from Katherine, 9kms along the Victoria highway and turn right then 3kms to the property all good bitumen roads.

This is a working cattle property, that has a small, well grassed caravan park set out under an avenue of  large shady trees,  in a peaceful rural environment on the banks of the Katherine river,  you can enjoy bird-watching & bushwalking or fishing in the river . The amenities, laundry  and camp kitchen are all very clean.  The park is pet friendly

What a way to unwind after a long day travelling.

Manballoo Homestead - Photo by Rosemarie Edwards
Manballoo Homestead - Photo by Rosemarie Edwards
Manballoo Homestead - Photo by Rosemarie Edwards
Manballoo Homestead - Photo by Rosemarie Edwards
Manballoo Homestead - Photo by Rosemarie Edwards
Manballoo Homestead - Photo by Rosemarie Edwards