Haggerstone Island Travel Guide

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Cubicle Dreamin': Rent-An-Island Off Queensland

October 12, 2007 at 9:15 AM | by | ()

Cubicle Dreamin' is a feature in which we ask the hotel mavens to take some time out of their busy work day, surf the Internet, and tell us what hotel they wish they could beam themselves to right that very second--all on the slave driving companies dime, of course. Oh, like these people aren't surfing aimlessly anyway--at least now their purposeless clicking will be cobbled together into useful hotel stories--we hope. Have a destination hotel you are just dying to leave your cube for? Send the story our way.

In this episode, Hotel Maven Amanda K takes over her own island. Enjoy.

A really special part of Australia is the islands off the Queensland coast. Some of these spots, like Hayman Island or the Whitsundays, are known at least by name to plenty of travelers, but I'm in the mood for something really special. So I was pretty excited today to discover the existence of Haggerstone Island off Cairns.

Getting to Haggerstone Island is relatively simple, but not fast. Once you've reached Cairns in northern Queensland, you have to take a two-hour flight to Hicks Island. From there, it's a twenty-minute boat transfer to Haggerstone Island.

Staying on Haggerstone Island sounds comfortable enough though, even if there's nowhere else to go while I'm there. There are three huts and a treehouse, plus the main pavilion where island guests eat meals or read in the library. The huts each sleep two adults, and up to two children. While you're on Haggerstone you can go snorkeling and swimming, fishing and birdwatching, or just walk endlessly on the beach (endlessly, but around in circles: it's not that big).

For me, the most exciting part about Haggerstone Island is that it's possible to hire the whole island. For just A$3,900 (US$3,400) a night, you and your traveling companions can be the only ones on the island, apart from the staff (numbering four). Now that doesn't sound like a lot for a whole island.

Related Stories:
· Killer View From Hayman Island [HotelChatter]
· Travel Stories in Queensland [Jaunted]