Inside one of the Haggerstone cabins.
David discovers a beautiful island in the Coral Sea, perfect for a secluded getaway.
This beautiful secret island hideaway, sitting in the Coral Sea, is the dream come true of Roy and Anna Turner. They purchased it in 1985 in its natural state and spent six years tearing through the jungle to create their timber-and-poles house. In 1990 they designed and hand-crafted more huts, bringing in the building materials by small boats and barges. In 1994 the three huts were ready to welcome guests each one can sleep up to four, and with a maximum of eight guests catered for at any one time, the feeling of living on a deserted island has remained intact.
The huts have conical roofs, the walls are shutters, the huge beds have crisp, cotton sheets, and each hut has a slate-floored bathroom with shower and toilet, a small kitchen, refrigerator and sink. There are sundecks just right for sitting and soaking in views of the turquoise lagoon, the Coral Sea and uninhabited islands.
The surrounding waters are chock-full of the most wonderful array of fish, and originally fishing enthusiasts made up the major percentage of the visitors. Now, people from all sorts of backgrounds are discovering what Haggerstone has to offer, and the food, with its freshness and simplicity, is certainly an enormous enticement.
Apart from taking advantage of the bounty of seafood at their front door, the Turners grow wonderful fruit, vegetables and herbs and put them to delicious use.
The main building is spacious, with open sides to take advantage of the cooling breezes. It has a main kitchen, two bathrooms, a dining area and extensive library. There is a deck with an open fire, where the evening meal is prepared most of the time.
The Island is a great place for birdwatching. It is home to sunbirds, pigeons, honeyeaters, eagles, kingfishers, finches, jungle fowl and doves. You can snorkel, scuba or fish, inspect the shipwrecks, swim around the pristine coral gardens or comb the beach for WWII artefacts.
The Turners have a 7m twin-engine power catamaran and two fibreglass long boats (6m and 7m) available for fishing, diving and exploration. Within a 60km radius there are thousands of reefs making up the largest protected marine park in the world.
600km north of Cairns.
Rates are $600 per person per night twin-share, including all meals, but not alcohol. Children under 14 years pay half the adult rate.
The entire island can be rented for $3000 a day.
Charter flights from Cairns are $650 per person return.
The Island is closed to visitors from January 14 to March 15 each year.
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Ph: 0145 111 883
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These lines are solar powered and are generally shut down from 9pm-8am AEST.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission.