Bedarra Island: Luxury Great Barrier Reef Accommodation
Bedarra Island is located on the Great Barrier Reef, 4 km off the coast of Mission Beach. It sits halfway between Townsville and Cairns, which both have airports. Bedarra Island provides a more secluded alternative to the Whitsundays accommodation to the south and Cairns accommodation to the north.
Bedarra Island is a private gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven wonders of the natural world. The Great Barrier Reef stretches 350,000 square kilometres along the entire North Queensland coast. It is larger than the United Kingdom, longer than the Great Wall of China and is among the world’s top ten scuba and snorkelling destinations.
"I have never been more relaxed and content in my life. This has been my absolute dream paradise."
Getting to Bedarra Island
By Helicopter or limousine
For an indulgent travel experience, please contact us to discuss a private transfer.
Alternatively enjoy the comfort and style of a limousine transfer from $330 one way, we are happy to arrange this for you.
You can pick up a rental car upon arriving at Cairns International Airport (CNS) or Townsville and enjoy the scenic 2hr drive to the picturesque coastal town of Mission Beach. From here you will meet your private water taxi transfer to deliver you to your island paradise.
We recommend Sugarland car rentals that operate from both Cairns & Mission Beach or any of the other major service providers located at the airport.
There are two transfer options for you to choose from:1. The Mission Beach Water taxi departs from Wongaling Beach to Bedarra Island. The fare for 1- 4 people is $500 return.
2. Mission Beach Charters depart from Clump Point boat ramp to Bedarra Island. The fare for two people is $380 return.
You can pay your chosen transfer company directly by credit card or cash on the day of your transfer
East Bedarra Island Retreat is not responsible for any price changes or cancelations.
Both are very professional services so which ever one you choose it will be safe and comfortable.
Bedarra Island History
In 1770, Captain James Cook sailed his ship the Endeavour amidst the small group of islands he would go on to chart as the ‘Family Isles’. He named the largest (or father isle) Dunk Island. He named the second largest (mother isle) Bedarra Island, and the remaining islands were noted as ‘The Children’, which include the beautiful Timana.
In the mid 1940's, renowned Australian artist Noel Wood and his wife settled and lived at Doorila Bay on East Bedarra Island until 1993. Echoes of his art and flair are scattered over Bedarra Island.
There are a handful of private residences on Bedarra Island and all proprietors are committed to the conservation and preservation of this sacred piece of land.
We hope to welcome you to Bedarra Island, and share in the natural beauty of one of Far North Queensland’s best kept secrets.