The Bedarra Island Treeptop Hideaway
Posted on May 11, 2017 by theartymeblog Leave a comment
There’s nothing like travelling to a secluded tropical island, where you can kick your feet up and forget that everything else exists. Only recently, I had the absolute pleasure of visiting, in my opinion, one of the most magical places on Earth. You’ll be surprised to learn that this gem is only located in Far North Queensland, which means you don’t have to travel too far to find paradise.
When I told my family and friends that I was going to Bedarra Island, I was met with a shocked face and a “why?” No one knew what, or where it was. I wanted to immerse myself in an unfamiliar and almost otherworldly place that ignited a fuzzy feeling inside – one that can’t really be put into words. I was craving solitude and distance from the hustle and bustle, the streets polluted by car fuel and emissions, away from people, social media, and above all, I wanted to reconnect with nature and myself. As I trawled the internet for hotspot tropical locations, I came across the usual places one would jump to when booking a beachside holiday; The Whitsunday’s, Thailand and Bali. But they didn’t do it for me. Then, there it was – Bedarra Island. My soon-to-be obsession. Not knowing what to expect, I booked my accommodation through the wonderful agency called Romantic Retreats and Sharon gave me lots of useful tips and information regarding the island and the other parts of Queensland I would be visiting after.
To get to Bedarra Island, you need to fly to Cairns and then make your way to Mission Beach, where you will catch a charter boat (Mission Beach Charters), (or helicopter) to Bedarra Island. The travel time is approximately 30 – 50 minutes, depending on the weather and sea conditions. Let’s just say that my boat trip was an ‘experience’.
The Bedarra Treetop Hideaway is literally nestled in the rainforest hilltop, overlooking the breathtaking Coral Sea. It is perched on top of huge granite boulders that naturally make up much of the island’s unique character. Being one of only eight properties on the island, excluding the luxurious Bedarra Resort, privacy and serenity boast the treetop property. I personally chose it because it was one-of-a-kind and nothing compared to it – I just knew I had to stay here. The Bedarra Hideaway is like a really big treehouse for adults and it’s a bonus if you love art, design, architecture and sustainability, like I do. It was designed by award-winning architect Chris Van Dyke and the personal touches and decor are thanks to previous owner and renowned photographer Peter Lik. I was honestly taken aback when I first approached the property. After reaching the top of the steps, I couldn’t believe my eyes. The boat ride was definitely worth it.