(CNN) — A totally serviced personal island in Australia’s Southern Great Barrier Reef is now available on the market — simply in time for many who need a spot to trip out the Covid-19 pandemic.
The island is at the moment owned by Wayne and Laureth Rumble, by means of their firm Sojourn Retreats.
“It was the ideal place to spend lockdown during the pandemic,” the couple tells CNN Travel by way of e mail.
“It is secluded, private and yet you have total freedom to move around, be outside … our kids were playing in the playground, on the beach and life just felt very normal until we switched on the news.”
A self-contained vacation island
In addition to utilizing wind and solar energy, the island has a filtering system that turns rainwater into ingesting water.
Other amenities embrace two oceanfront bungalows (full of a video games room, library and lounge), a licensed bar and lounge space, two registered moorings, a helicopter pad in addition to a custom-built 36-passenger boat.
Won in a poker recreation, made well-known in a beer advert
The island is dwelling to 5 seashore cottages and two ocean bungalows.
Prior to 1961, the island was an oyster farm that belonged to a person known as Snigger Findlay.
“(A couple by the name of) Roger and Merle Mason fell in love with Pumpkin Island, but Snigger did not want to sell it. So when Roger challenged Snigger to a game of poker, he said that if he wins Snigger would have to sell the island to Roger. So Roger won and bought the island for £60,” say the Rumbles.
The Rumbles purchased the island in 2003 for AUD1.three million ($909,000 USD) after seeing an article within the newspaper.
The island was leased by a Queensland beer firm between 2012 and 2015 to advertise their beer Castlemaine XXXX and was renamed XXXX Island throughout that interval.
“Their customers could win an all-expenses-paid holiday for themselves and three friends to the island if they found the golden beer can in a case of beer. Almost like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” say the Rumbles.
The couple say they’re promoting the island as a result of they want to transfer nearer to their household in New Zealand.
“We would love to hand the island over to someone who would care for it as much as we do. It is a very special place and ideally, the new owners would find as much joy in the beauty and breathtaking nature as we have.”