The floors are of recycled railway sleepers and the ceilings of bleached logs. There’s lots of wood and it looks like one of those cosy ski cabins, except with a tribal and tropical twist. There are a number of intricately carved Stone African statues that add a cultural flair and fit in with the artistic history of the island. It is obvious that Peter Lik had an eye for design and was influenced by his travels to other exotic locations around the world. It’s engraved with dynamic personality, making the house feel like an entity where I was inclined to respect the space in which I was in. The outside bathroom is a standout, where you can enjoy the view while you shower amidst the rainforest and breathe in the crisp fresh air. The onyx sinks accentuate the distinct tribal quality, standing against raw wooden bench tops, the heavy hand carved teak front door was imported from Bali, and Bedarra Island’s original canoe hangs from the ceiling in the kitchen, with downlights fitted into it. Overall, the design of the house reflects its natural surroundings, as though it’s a part of the land and has organically formed.
Linen, towels, hats, staple food items like coffee and tea, activities, and swimming and fishing gear are provided, adding to that ‘homely’ vibe. Also, there are no roads or shops on the island, so guests have to buy their food from the mainland (Mission Beach), although I think this is what makes the experience so special. The caretaker is available to help out anytime you need and guests can learn so much about the island’s extensive and interesting history from him.
It’s difficult to express the warmth that I feel when I think of my time at Bedarra, because it felt like a home away from home, even though I was so far away at the same time. Waking up every morning going for hikes, listening to the birds chirp and the waves crash against the surrounding rock formations, breathing in the freshest air and awakening all my senses for the first time in a very long time, are just some of the simple pleasures I can’t wait to relive. Staying at the Bedarra Hideaway was an unforgettable experience that made me rethink the busy and demanding lifestyle that we get caught up in. The eco-friendly and quirky, yet stylish and contemporary design plays a large role in the idea of slowing down and taking a break from the pressures of the everyday.