Frequently Asked Questions
Are there any restaurants on Bedarra Island?
The romance of being secluded on a tropical island and the freedom and privacy to prepare your own delicious gourmet meals at any time can be a lot of fun and simply easy. With a webberQ BBQ and fully equipped kitchen you will be able to bring out your inner master chef.
We can organise food provisions to be delivered by the time you arrive at cost plus 20% or you are welcome to shop before you arrive.
Can I visit Dunk Island Resort?
Dunk Island Resort permits visitors during the day only. Travel is by water taxi. The nearest restaurants and Resorts are at Mission Beach. However your stay at Bedarra Island is to escape all of the city hustle and bustle. Once you arrive at Bedarra Island you wont want to leave as you will have pristine beaches, snorkelling and paddle skis to explore around the island, you may also wish to hire a tinny which can be arranged with your caretakers.
Is it possible to do a reef tour from Bedarra Island?
Yes, this can be coordinated through your caretakers .
How do you get to Bedarra Island?
Detailed directions on how to get to the island will be provided at the time of booking.
The popular option is to fly to Cairns Airport and take a hire car with Sugarland Car Rental as they have an office at both Cairns and Mission Beach they offer a one way drop off . Then you have the choice of two boat charters The Dunk Island Mission Beach Water Taxi and Mission Beach Charters.
Can I have a boat there?
There are no mooring facilities so a boat would require anchoring at your own risk and also the permission of other owners (Body Corporate).
Is there mobile phone reception? Yes however sometimes not from all areas of your private villa, thats a good thing right?
Is there a TV/ DVD player/cable/telephone?
Yes we have cable television in both the studio and villa and each has a DVD player There is also a telephone in both the Villa and Studio.
Are there any shops on Bedarra Island?
There aren't shops on the island, all groceries and produce need to be ordered at least two weeks prior to your arrival. Alternatively, for those getting to Bedarra by driving to Mission Beach, there is shopping at the Wongaling end of the beach (where the water taxi departs to take you to the island). Everything you need is here at Woolworths , and the bottle shop at Wongaling Beach. Shopping comes over by boat with you and our caretakers will be waiting on the beach in front of the house to help you.
Is there a hairdryer in the Villa or Studio?
No. Both houses are powered by environmentally friendly solar panels and a backup generator. High voltage appliances need to be left at home. Or ask the caretakers to turn on the generator when needed.
What activities can I do on the island?
There is a common area joining all properties and a beautiful lookout plus two beaches. We have kayaks, snorkelling equipment and basic fishing gear (experts bring your own). Swimming on Bedarra is heavenly!
How far away is the Studio from the Villa?
The Studio and Villa are steps from the beach and are about 20 metres from each other. However they are both quite private in themselves as they're separated from each other by palm trees
Will there be other people on the island?
We have our caretakers to assist you while you are there but you will very rarely see other owners as the Villa and Studio are on a 1.5 acre property. There are 7 holiday homes in total , there are no day trippers allowed to access the island.
How far is the closest beach?
Fortunately the Villa and Studio are on the most beautiful beach known as Doorilla Bay. The second beach is only 200 metres away across the island and is great for snorkelling. Both beaches are utilised by a few property owners but it is rare to see anyone else on the beaches.
How many guests does the Villa and Studio hold?
The Villa is the main house and it has 2 bedrooms with queen sized beds. The Studio is a separate pavilion and is right on the beach there is a day bed in the living area and one bedroom with a king sized bedroom suite with a bath.
Can I book the Studio only?
The Studio is most commonly used when Villa guests need extra accommodation, say for a group of 6 or 8. Details upon booking. If you decide to sleep in more than one bed there will be a $50 linen fee per bed.
Will there be another group in the Studio if I book the Villa?
No. We will not book out the Studio to another party during your stay in the Villa.
Do I need travel insurance?
Yes we highly recommend you that take out travel insurance.
Are there 'stingers' on Bedarra Island?
Stinger season is from November to April each year. Stingers hug the mainland shores as the water out to the Islands is often too deep and cold for the stingers. As yet, there has not been any stings on Bedarra Island.
When is the best time of the year to go to Far North Queensland?
Australian Winter (May to November) is the best time to be in sunny Far North Queensland, however it is warm all year round