Your own Tasmanian island for less than $2m
There are plenty of islands scattered around Tasmania, but how many are on the market and available to buy right now?
Ninth Island is.
Located in Bass Strait about 12km from Bridport, Ninth Island is probably best known as the name of a popular Tasmanian winery from which it is visible.
About 16ha in total size, the uninhabited island is 550m wide and 1.3km long.
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It is owned by Queensland-based Yong Real Estate’s chief executive Peter Huang.
With its history, location and the scarcity of islands for sale, Peter is unfazed by the prospect of finding a buyer.
Besides, he says he is not in a hurry to sell.
“The island remains on the market quietly at $1.98 million,” he says.
“We believe this is still the cheapest freehold island on the market in Australia.
“The right buyer will appreciate its value.”
Peter says there is always an oversupply of apartments to invest in, while the freehold island corner of the property market “will only get more and more rare and desirable”.
“It will remain rare because an island simply cannot be reproduced,” he says.
Ninth Island is described as a “paradise” for animals, including penguins, dolphins, seals and birdlife such as mutton-birds.
It also has a rich history with link to Princess Mary of Denmark’s grandfather.
His boat is said to have been wrecked in Bass Strait, with the survivors landing on Ninth Island before being rescued.
The island is mostly vacant land, apart from a small fishing shack.
Without a jetty or airstrip, this retreat from civilisation would be best accessed via helicopter.
The property listing notes that nearby Bridport boasts two of the top golf courses in Australia — Barnbougle Dunes and Barnbougle Lost Farm.
“The No.1 public access golf course Cape Wickham on King Island is on the left [of Ninth Island] and the Waterhouse Island on the right sold not long ago for $5.5 million,” the property listing says.
This article from The Mercury originally appeared as “Ninth Island is on the market for under $2 million”.