Bedarra Island on the Great Barrier Reef
Bedarra Island is located in the family group of islands of the Great Barrier Reef and sits halfway between Townsville and Cairns and are the sister group of the Whitsunday Islands.
The Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven wonders of the natural world, stretches 350,000 square kilometers along the entire North Queensland coast. It is larger than the United Kingdom, longer than the Great Wall of China and is amongst the world’s top ten scuba and snorkeling destinations.
Regular flights are available to Cairns (CNS) and Townsville (TSV) from most major cities in Australia.
By Helicopter/Private Charter
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.
Upon your arrival into Cairns International Airport (CNS) we advise our guest to organize a rental car and enjoy the scenic 2hr drive south of Cairns to the gorgeous 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 who depart from Wongaling Beach to Bedarra Island. The rates are for 1- 4 pax $500 return.
2. Mission Beach Charters who depart from Clump Point boat ramp to Bedarra Island rates $380 return for 2 pax.
Please note that East Bedarra Island Retreat does not receive any monies for your transfers . You will be required to 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 island of the group ‘The Father Isle’ and titled it Dunk Island, the second largest island of the group - Bedarra - he named ‘The Mother Isle’ 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, and there are echoes of his art and flair scattered over the entire island.
There are a handful of private residences on East Bedarra and all proprietors are committed to the conservation and preservation of this sacred piece of land.
We hope to welcome you, and share in the natural beauty of one of far North Queensland’s best kept secrets.