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7 jaw-dropping Queensland islands you can rent

Renting your own private island off the Queensland coast for a few nights sounds like the kind of holiday reserved only for the super wealthy. But what if we told you it’s not only affordable (sort of) – it’s also totally doable right here in our back yard? If you’ve got the cash – and optional entourage to share the bill — we’ve got seven Queensland islands you can rent.

Happy holidaying.

Orpheus Island

Renting out the exclusive use of Orpheus Island’s impossibly idyllic island lodge is well worth maxing out the credit card for. If you can afford it…

This 14-room luxury island bolt hole is just 30 minutes by helicopter north of Townsville and is blessed with a pristine beach you won’t want to share.

As well as your very own private beach island and 1,000 hectares of National Park, Orpheus Island’s waters and surrounding fringing reef are yours to explore. Swim with some of Australia’s Great Eight, uncover hidden reefs, or indulge your senses at the island’s 5-star spa. Renting one of Queensland’s most luxurious islands can be as adventurous, or relaxing, as you choose.

Cost: A lavish $25,000 a night, minimum three nights, for you and your 27-strong crew. This includes all meals, and an on-island chef, drinks, and a daily Orpheus Island experience of your choosing.

Paradise Bay Island Resort

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For a lucky few, renting out Paradise Island and its exclusive resort for your next getaway can be a reality. As well as benefitting from year-round balmy climate, the only way to access this secluded slice of paradise is by helicopter across the Whitsunday Passage, and trust us, there are worse views.

Paradise Island’s name gives the game away. It has everything you’d expect from an exclusive island – and then some. Make use of your private skipper to circumnavigate the island and its hidden beaches, allow your masseuse to indulge your weary limbs by the private infinity pool, and make use of your very own personal chef waiting to sate your every craving.

Cost: Approximately $1,800 for two people per night. However, the whole island resort can be yours (including 17 guests) for $16,000 a night.

Pumpkin Island

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Why splash out on one room when you can rent an entire Queensland island for little more than a return international flight? We’re talking $2,730 if you’re prepared to splash out on a private island vacation on Pumpkin Island.

Located off the coast of Yeppoon near the Keppel Islands, kicking back to neutral is the preferred activity here – particularly if it’s from a hammock looking out at the blissful blue ocean.

One of the smallest working islands on the Great Barrier Reef, you can book out all seven eco-friendly cottages for your very own private island shindig. While you won’t have access to an in-house chef or luxury spa facilities, you’ll have all the bells and whistles for DIY alfresco BBQing and the entire place to yourself. Sounds near on perfect, right?

Cost: $2,730 per night for a big band of 34 people. Transfers are via boat from Yeppoon on the Pumpkin Xpress.

Bedarra Island

Bedarra Island

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Widely known as the most exclusive island on the Great Barrier Reef, renting the entire Bedarra Island Resort is the ultimate privacy statement. Located off the coast of Mission Beach between Cairns and Townsville, this magnificent island looks out over the gentle Coral Sea, featuring (among many glamourous touches) shaded day beds and an infinity pool that take full advantage of those breathtaking ocean views.

If secluded luxury is your kind of island escape, Bedarra Island is worth every penny.

Cost: Exclusive use starts from $13,530 a night for ‘everything’. That includes all nine luxury villas, all meals, and unlimited Jacquart Champagne. No, we’re not kidding.

Makepeace Island

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A home away from home for Sir Richard Branson, Makepeace Island is the entrepreneur’s heart-shaped bolt-hole just off the Sunshine Coast near Noosa – and it can also be yours.

Makepeace Island’s 25 pristine acres come with three luxurious villas (plus a four-bedroom palatial home), each with two bedrooms, celebrity-worthy bathrooms and alfresco entertaining areas. A private chef prepares all meals during your stay, so all you need to worry about is getting enough pool time, taking a private yoga class or kicking back in the 15-person hot tub.

Cost: $10,000 per person per night for 8 guest exclusive use, then +$500 for each additional guest per night.

Castaway Island

To get to Castaway Island, you’ll need to take a flight from local township, 1770. The flight across is about as glamorous as it gets to this pared-back Queenslander, but trust us, you won’t miss the mainland once you set up base camp here.

Those seeking a unique beachside camping adventure on your very own island will revel in Castaway’s simple vibe; all basic camping facilities – including tent, a mattress, solar lights, and USB power – are provided for guests, and there’s a communal campsite kitchen where you can whip up meals in a flash. Simple but perfect.

Cost: $3340 for three days, two nights and up to 14 in your entourage.

Haggerstone Island

Haggerstone Island is one of those destinations that leaves a lasting impression; renting out a private island will do that to you. Located so far up the east coast of Australia that the nearest town, Lockhart River, is still a 40-minute flight away, owners Anna and Roy famously say it’s the “best place to shake the world out of people. And we couldn’t agree more.

As well as all the natural beauty you’d expect from an island in the tropics (balmy climes, sun-soaked beaches and warm sea breezes) Haggerstone Island also comes with a game-changing extra; a skippered 45-foot jet boat at your disposal.

Spend a few days exploring the Great Barrier Reef, cruise the coast off the mainland, and then return back to your private slice of heaven where your very own chef will whip up freshly caught seafood right from your back door. Holidays like this come once in a lifetime.

Cost: approx $7000 a night (minimum four nights) for you and 11 guests.