THE ISLAND’S HISTORY
The Noosa River island is 6km upstream from Noosa’s world-renowned beaches.
Previously known as Pig Island, it was bequeathed to Hannah Makepeace by her employer and original owner Charles Nicholas for her faithful years of housekeeping service on the island.
After Hannah died in 1973, the island passed to the state until 1986 when artist Brian Spencer bought the property and renamed it Makepeace Island.
The island was bought in 2003 by Brett Godfrey and former Virgin Blue deputy chief executive, chief operating officer and co-founder Rob Sherrard.
Sir Richard Branson bought out Mr Sherrard’s half-interest in 2007.
The doors opened to paying guests in July 2011. Exclusive-use hire began on November 23 last year after refurbishments had been completed and after hosting international and national media for a sneak peek.
Guests can land at Sunshine Coast Airport, or the island is a half-hour helicopter ride from Brisbane.
The island currently has been booked mostly by Australians, with 20 per cent international guests. Owner bookings are still a priority. Sir Richard, for example, visits at least once a year for two or three nights.