Discover Haggerstone Island

If you’re ready for an adventure to a relatively untouched part of Australia, look no further than Haggerstone Island, located 600 kilometres north of Cairns. Self-described as ‘rustic luxury’, the island is located on the Great Barrier Reef and is accessible only by chartered aircraft and a boat ride or by seaplane. Discover Haggerstone Island
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Discover Haggerstone Island

Haggerstone Island is a unique hideaway based in one of the world’s greatest marine wonders, the Great Barrier Reef. 


If you’re ready for an adventure to a relatively untouched part of Australia, look no further than Haggerstone Island Resort, located 600 kilometres north of Cairns. Self-described as ‘rustic luxury’, the island is located on the Great Barrier Reef and is accessible only by chartered aircraft and a boat ride or by seaplane.

Haggerstone Island Resort, Haggerstone Island, QLD

Once you’re off the boat ride or seaplane, the island’s friendly owners will be there to greet you. Roy and Anna Turner have been on Haggerstone Island for 30 years and are always willing to share a story or two, especially Roy, who is an ex-Crocodile Hunter.

Roy says, “I enjoy showing people what we have in our region - and sharing what is, after 30 years, an intricate knowledge of the area. I enjoy watching people relax literally before my eyes.”

The Turners were led by a desire to create a Robinson Crusoe style abode in the wild, and luckily, on their doorstep, is one of the world’s greatest marine wonders, the Great Barrier Reef.

“We tailor every activity and every day to what our guest's would like to experience; whether that is snorkelling the edge of the continental shelf, or adventuring up a prehistoric river system to fish for Barramundi,” Roy says.

Haggerstone Island Resort, Haggerstone Island, QLD

42 hectares in size, Haggerstone Island is far away from convenience stores, so the nearby ocean provides the ‘catch of the day’ which might include crayfish, barramundi, oysters and prawns. The island’s orchard provides many herbs, vegetables and fruits including those of a tropical variety with papayas, bananas and passionfruit.

Roy and Anna then turn this produce into world-class dishes with a distinctive Asian influence in dishes such as Thai fish curry or Twice Cooked Szechuan Quail. Roy says, “I enjoy the satisfaction of self-sufficiency. To be able to sit down at the dinner table and say this is 90 percent grown or caught by us.”

Haggerstone Island Resort, Haggerstone Island, QLD

Along with the incredible natural surroundings of Haggerstone Island, the other significant drawcard is the accommodation.  The island has three key huts with the centre piece being House Mawu, a self-contained house with two bedrooms, covered by a thatch roof and a huge driftwood pole to support it. The extra-comfortable castaway interior is open plan allowing the breeze through.

The Lagoon Hut, Beach Hut and Kwila Hut all have comfortable and unique wooden furnishings with views of the Island’s very own lagoon, beach and the Coral Sea. Experience the wonder of the Great Barrier Reef from one of Queensland’s most idyllic settings in Haggerstone Island.

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