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Australia Australia's 'cheapest island ever' hits the market: Buyers are given the chance to snap a huge slice of paradise for FAR less than the cost of a city home

23:46  03 june  2020
23:46  03 june  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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water next to the ocean © Provided by Daily Mail

Australians dreaming of their own 'island home' can now snap one up for as little as $385,000 in the stunning Great Barrier Reef. 

The slice of paradise is a 30-minute boat ride from Gladstone in central Queensland just below the picturesque Whitsundays. 

Worthington Island has been described as the nation's 'cheapest island ever' by selling agents Richard and Narelle Van Hoff of Private Islands Online Australia.

The 69-acre island costs less than the average suburban home but you better get use to the quiet life and don't be expecting to move in any time soon. 

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a blue truck parked in front of a house: The 69-acre island features a 9m x 4.3m structure complete with two awnings and a generator © Provided by Daily Mail The 69-acre island features a 9m x 4.3m structure complete with two awnings and a generator

On the island is a 9m x 4.3m structure complete with two awnings, a shower, 240-volt generator to run fans and lighting, a gas stove, and a 2,400-litre rainwater tank.

There are also three solar panels on the roof and a wind generator, along with an abundance of birds and native wildlife, 18 mango trees and beekeeping boxes.

Also included in the sale is a ride-on lawnmower, quad bike, pit bike, tractor and welding machinery.

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The property has eight years to go on its current lease, with a further 25 if it is renewed.

a large green field with trees in the background: The property has eight years to go on its current lease, with a further 25 if it is renewed © Provided by Daily Mail The property has eight years to go on its current lease, with a further 25 if it is renewed a bench overlooking a body of water: While the island was under contract just days after it was first listed, the buyer fell though © Provided by Daily Mail While the island was under contract just days after it was first listed, the buyer fell though

While the island was under contract just days after it was first listed, the buyer fell though.  

'Those who made offers and visited the island and were disappointed to find that we entered into a contract days after the market release will be happy to know that you can have a second shot at purchasing Worthington Island,' the listing said.  

'So it is up to you now, let's get onto it and buy the cheapest island ever.' 

a tree in the middle of a field: The listing urged potential buyers to 'stop wondering what the high-end wealthy are doing and own your own island that is cheaper than a house block in the 'burbs' © Provided by Daily Mail The listing urged potential buyers to 'stop wondering what the high-end wealthy are doing and own your own island that is cheaper than a house block in the 'burbs' a rocky beach next to a body of water: Worthington Island boasts beautiful sea views. Mangroves in the tidal stretches provide homes for mud crabs and habitat for the many species of fish which school in abundance © Provided by Daily Mail Worthington Island boasts beautiful sea views. Mangroves in the tidal stretches provide homes for mud crabs and habitat for the many species of fish which school in abundance

The island was once a farm that produced fruit and vegetables that were shipped from a now-ruined pier to the mainland. 

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Mr Vanhoff previously told Daily Mail Australia it would make a good hideaway for urbanites trying to escape the big city rat race. 

'If a family want the ultimate getaway, you can't see anyone, you can't hear anyone, it's very private,' he said

'It's quite habitable in a primitive sense. It's got internet, and your mobile works.'

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