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The Whitsunday’s jewel in the crown put to market

Sale of South Molle Island expected to shadow previous island offerings

​Considered one the best located and positioned islands in the Whitsundays on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, South Molle Island is being offered to the market following a number of unsolicited approaches from investors and developers.

The island which was named after Colonel George James Molle the then Lieutenant Governor of New South Wales in the early 19th century, boasts a distinct history centred around its breath-taking aesthetics. Previously having been operated by Ansett Transport Industries and the Telford Group the island celebrates a rich tourism legacy with 2016 marking circa 80 years since its original conception as a resort destination.

JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group’s Peter Harper and Tate Stubbs have been exclusively appointed to market the property with an expressions of interest close date set to be announced in the coming days.

The perpetual leasehold interest in South Molle Island features over 12 hectares of developable absolute beachfront land, including a frontage of over 600m to one of the only sheltered north facing whit sand beaches in the region, and a secluded 15 hectare tranquil parcel in the middle of the island, surrounded by national park.

The Island embodies the beauty of the globally recognised region and is skirt by several white sand beaches, pristine coral reef and extensive established national park. It is also in close proximity to several famous landmarks including Heart Reef, Hill Inlet & Whitehaven Beach.

“The ability to acquire the perpetual leasehold interest in South Molle Island presents an incredible opportunity to secure one of the last large-scale island development opportunities in the Great Barrier Reef. It’s certainly the premium sale offering in this part of the world at present and we expect global investors and developers to act accordingly”, said Peter Harper.

Tate Stubbs added, “South Molle Island benefits from excellent connectivity to both Airlie Beach on the mainland and Hamilton Island, providing ease of access to and from their respective commercial airports via boat or helicopter. With strong growth in visitation by both domestic and international tourists and continued investment in infrastructure throughout the region, an incoming owner will inherit the Island's considerable future potential.”