Property Of The Week: Pumpkin Island, Queensland

A rare chance to own the ultimate beach pad.

By Terry Christodoulou 07/08/2020

Set on the southern portion of The Great Barrier Reef lies this unique opportunity to escape and boast of a truly steroidal ‘holiday house’.

Pumpkin Island sits 14 kilometres off Yeppoon, central Queensland – a pristine 6-hectare plot that features dreamy tropical vistas built on stunning beaches, translucent waters and swaying palms.

The island first opened to the public in 1964, with Laureth and Wayne Rumble, of Sojourn Retreats, taking ownership in 2003.

Between 2012-2015 it was leased by Queensland brewery Castlemaine, which rebranded it XXXX Island and used it for promotional purposes.

Pumpkin Island has since been transformed into a peaceful, eco-friendly destination. As Australia’s first “beyond carbon neutral” island – offsetting 150% of its annual greenhouse emissions – the resort also claimed the title of Australia’s most sustainable hotel in 2018 at the World Boutique Hotel Awards.

The island is currently operational with five self-contained beach cottages, each with outdoor deck. There’s also two oceanfront bungalows, each with games room, library and sunset lounge.

Able to accommodate 34 guests, the island also boasts a licensed bar, lounging area, two registered moorings, helicopter pad and custom 36-passenger boat, the Pumpkin Xpress.

As part of the reef system, the waters are primed for fishing, snorkelling and diving – all a 15-minute boat ride from Great Keppel Island.

In addition to the island’s rolling lease (valid until 2046) is the option to purchase an oyster lease – allowing owners to shuck straight from the sea.

The listing is with Knight Franks’ Pat O’Driscoll (+61 418 792 571) and Deborah Cullen (+61 401 849 955), with a price guide of $25m.

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