The Weekend Australian - Magazine - - Outdoor Design -

Pi­o­neers, ac­tors, artists, pho­tog­ra­phers and mod­ern­day Robin­son Cru­soes have long en­joyed the iso­la­tion and beauty of Bedarra Is­land. Cap­tain James Cook sailed past the “mother” of the Fam­ily Group of Is­lands in 1770, and Cap­tain Henry Al­la­son in 1913 be­came the first to take free­hold pos­ses­sion. But its beauty and re­mote­ness wasn’t fully ap­pre­ci­ated un­til renowned Aus­tralian artist Noel Wood ar­rived on the is­land in the 1930s.

Wood de­scribed Bedarra, 6km off Mis­sion Beach in trop­i­cal North Queens­land, as a place “with a warm cli­mate, where one could live for ap­prox­i­mately noth­ing and solve one’s own prob­lems in paint and colour”. He spent his days gar­den­ing and fish­ing, even­tu­ally build­ing a house – com­plete with a wall made from gin and co­gnac bot­tles – be­hind a co­conut grove over­look­ing Doo­rilla Bay in the north-east of the 100ha is­land. To the south is the 10-pavil­ion Bedarra Is­land Re­sort.

Dur­ing his 50 years liv­ing in iso­la­tion Wood sub­di­vided and sold seven parcels of land; all are un­der strata ti­tle and clas­si­fied as the East Bedarra Re­sort. The largest par­cel,

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