THE IS­LAND’S HIS­TORY

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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.

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