Island ready to be sold
BY THIS time tomorrow, The Island at Toogoom is expected to have new owners.
The private 23.2ha island, complete with two houses and an airstrip, will go under the hammer this morning at Ray White's headquarters in Brisbane.
The property came back onto the market in September after a $4.1 million contract between "Aussie" Rob Wilson and title holder Brett Gunderson fell through.
Ray White coastal properties agent Scott Wagner said there had been a lot of interest in the prestigious address but he could not hazard a guess at how many people would be bidding at the auction.
"There's been a last-minute flurry of people calling about it and even some interest in buying it before it goes to auction," Mr Wagner said yesterday.
"I've had a lot of people tell me they know someone who's keen on buying it, but I don't know who will be turning up."
The island, which has no official name, is eight minutes north of Hervey Bay by air or just a couple of minutes in a boat to the mainland at Toogoom.
The property is encompassed by kilometres of white sandy shoreline and is frequented by sea turtles and dugongs, plus it has a top-secret crabbing spot.
"The two existing houses are in excellent condition and can comfortably sleep 20 or more guests depending on how many sleep top-to-toe," Mr Wagner said.
"The houses are privately positioned on opposite sides of the island."
There is a generator for power and infrastructure is in place for solar power - only panels need to be added.
The auction will take place at Ray White's corporate office, Level 7 Riverside Centre, 123 Eagle St, Brisbane, at 11am.