Waterhouse Island sits just 3 kilometres off Tasmania’s northeast coast, 30km, as the mutton bird flies, from the nearest town, so the 287 hectare slice of paradise has a reasonable claim to being millions of miles from anywhere.
And if you want to play Richard Bransons, albeit at far cooler temperatures than Necker Island, it’s up for sale via Ray White Southern Tasmania. The owners want at least $5.5 million for the freehold on those white beaches and turquoise waters, although you do have to share one corner with the federal government, which popped a lighthouse on it.
“It has been in the one family for 45 years but the time has come for them to let it go,” Ray White Southern Tasmania director Ant Manton told The Mercury.
“I imagine the island will likely be sold to a wealthy interstate or overseas buyer looking for a private escape,” he said.
While the island has been farmed for 150 years, with mostly sheep, it is also a haven for fishing, swimming, snorkelling and exploring.
See it here.
On the eastern side of the island is a large colonial three bedroom house and shed, with stunning views.
A guest house for visitors is situated 100-metres away and comfortably sleeps four.
Both houses are run on solar power and have rain water catchments.
While it's only three kilometres from the mainland the island is very accessible by multiple modes of transport.
A short 10-minute plane ride will get you there from nearby Bridport.
It's a short boat ride from the Barnbougle Golf course and resort, and the jetty makes for an easy landing and departure.
One of the best things about being on an island? Plenty of water. Although Bass Strait is a popular thoroughfare for great whites.
There are these glorious white sand beaches to explore.
Despite once being used as grazing pasture for sheep, the land - which stretches roughly 4.5km from end-to-end - is idyllic.
Have you experienced a sunset on your own private island? On the winter solstice, you can watch it rise at 7.30am and set at 4.59pm. In summer, it's around 8.30pm.
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