Sharon B

12 March 2018

Paradise does have an address!

East Bedarra Island Retreat – where we translated our dream into reality and experienced total relaxation & romance in paradise. Exactly one month ago today we stepped off our water charter and into the arms of this beautiful island getaway. One month later and we...
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5 February 2018

Your own private deserted island

Wow Wow Wow, this retreat on East Bedarra island is amazing! With the swim-out pool directly off the retreat and complete privacy it is the ultimate 5 star getaway. The retreat itself is more than comfortable, we have never slept so well and we loved...
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Julian H

Sydney, Australia
7 December 2017

Ultimate relaxation.

East Bedarra retreat gave my wife and I some special time together to relax and reconnect. What can I say, an exceptional location on the reef in a beautifully appointed home on the waterfront. We had sea turtles swimming daily off the deck and an...
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Cairns, Australia
3 November 2017

Falling in love again!

Next time we will book a longer holiday at East Bedarra its like a little peace of paradise that by chance we found on the internet.. We had so much fun and will be definitely coming back if you'll have us. of course . A...
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Sunshine Coast, Australia
12 October 2017

Magical Island Experience

This was my 50th birthday present 5 days on Bedarra Island. It has taken me a while to write my review just to make sure I am fair and do this beautiful place justice. We were definitely not blessed from the weather gods it rained...
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31 May 2017

No shoes, no watches, no problems

My husband and I were lucky enough to spend an incredible 5 nights experiencing the tranquil magic of East Bedarra. We spent a lot of time just relaxing on the deck, watching the moods of the ocean. Fish, turtles, amazing beaches, breathtaking views. The private...
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James A

Greater Sydney, Australia
19 May 2017

Island paradise, with ultimate privacy!!

What a place!!! The moment we arrived on the beach at Bedarra Island we felt we were a million miles from anywhere. Our hosts, Mike & Marg met us off the boat and showed us around the island and the amazing house before departing themselves...
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Terrigal, Australia
19 May 2017

A Dream Honeymoon Experience for My Wife and I

My wife and I had researched at great length retreats all over QLD... Somewhere secluded, relaxing, and unforgettable. We know East Bedarra Island Retreat was the place! We arrived by water taxi and were met my our wonderful hosts at the gorgeous beach. As soon...
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Cairns, Australia
14 April 2017

Picture perfect (Trust me, I'm a photographer)

When our feet touched the sand on Bedarra we knew we had arrived somewhere truly special as we were greeted by Marg and Mike who proudly showed us to our own private beach villa and to our bed which had been covered with rose petals...
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9 April 2017

A great secluded holiday retreat.

We stumbled over this place on the internet and thought it looked great from what we saw and we were not dissapointed, East Bedarra only has about 7 houses and is just a short boat ride from Mission Beach.
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Cairns, Australia
15 April 2016

Find better anywhere in the world I challenge you

Without doubt one of the most beautiful places in the world,serene luxury at it's very best Star gazing on the deck at night,swimming in a crystal clear private bay with a loved one could not get any more romantic We spent 3 unforgettable days soaking...
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LeeEmma N

Port Douglas, Australia
7 February 2016

Want that perfect holiday ???

Everyone wants that perfect "perfect" holiday ...and it's funny how we always look overseas for it , when East Bedarra Island Retreat is right on our doorstep. My husband and I booked 5 nights as a belated honeymoon .... that quickly turned into 7 nights...
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19 January 2016

Great time to recover.

After recovering from nine weeks in hospital (cancer) It was time to find a place to chill out.Quiet relaxing with plenty of time to reflect on the good things in life.What better way to start.East Bedarra island retreat was just perfect with the lovely sun...
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Sydney, Australia
22 December 2015

Simply Outstanding

This was our 25 year anniversary trip, we were looking for something luxurious, quiet and in a location second to none and it was all that and more. Prior to arriving, the information supplied made arranging the transport to the island painless. Highly recommend Mission...
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18 December 2015

5 days was like 5 weeks of rejuventation

Most relaxing and idyllic holiday we've ever had, with you own private pool, beach and facilities with everything you needed living off grid, it was perfect. The 5 days/nights we spent there were amazing, completely relaxing and rejuvenating. Sharon made sure we had all the...
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Gerry L

Victoria, Australia
8 February 2015

*****Absolute Paradise*****

We stayed at East Bedarra Retreat for our 30th wedding anniversary. The only complaint we had was it just wasn't long enough, the island is beautiful, East Bedarra is everything guests say, peaceful, relaxing, spectacular and we can honestly say we have never had a...
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Bron S

Melbourne, Australia
30 December 2014

What a holiday should be!

We were lucky enough to spend 6 nights at East Bedarra for our honeymoon. This place is what a holiday should be - complete relaxation! From the moment we stepped onto the island and into our luxury 'bungalow' we were immediately relaxed. The island is...
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12 November 2014

Very Relaxing

This is the perfect getaway if you want to do absolutely nothing but relax. The location is very picturesque with stunning views. The beach is beautiful and there is an even better one a few minutes walk away just over the hill. The house is...
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28 October 2014

Seclusion, serenity and one of the best holidays ever

Firstly, it was everything we thought it would be from information from their Website. This trip was a true 'holiday' by our definition. No sightseeing cities attractions, no battling restaurants with large crowds and ultimately no frustration with uncontrollable children. Not seeing anyone else for...
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mic F

Brisbane, Australia
2 October 2014

Our Dream Honeymoon Location!

After googling a just a few potential honeymoon locations we stumbled upon the East Bedarra Island Retreat webpage - and thank goodness we did! After viewing the virtual tour on their website and the many excellent reviews around the web we booked in with high...
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Brisbane, Australia
18 April 2014

What a honeymoon should be...

Peaceful & relaxing. The deck is massive with lovely little sitting spots and a daybed. The trip over was much shorter than I thought it would be (25 mins) and Mission beach is undoubtedly one of the more nicer and quieter beaches on the nth...
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Bundaberg, Australia
14 April 2014

I keep returning as this is true paradise

After a year of Chemo and operations it was my dream to revisit East Bedarra Island Retreat. A time to celebrate life and share this time with my family. To wake up each morning looking at every sunrise on the deck and walking on the...
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Colin G

Dana Point
20 January 2014

Paradise found

This was our second visit to Bedarra. 10 years ago I proposed to my wife here. This visit, we found that the house had been renovated and was even more spectacular than before, which says a lot because It was magical then. There is such...
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Aliza B

Berkeley, California
18 January 2014

My New Favorite Place In The World

East Bedarra Island Retreat is the premier romantic getaway, remarkable relaxing holiday, and overall the most beautiful experience I have ever had. I have never been so happy and stress-free in my life. The privacy and serenity was perfection. It is perfect for any type...
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Melbourne, Australia
2 January 2014

A little piece of heaven in our own backyard

We stayed at East Bedarra Island Retreat in mid December 2013 as part of our honeymoon. It was the best holiday my husband and I have ever had. It is a magical place and I was amazed at how easy it was to fill the...
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28 July 2013

Truly breathtaking experience

My now fiancé arranged a surprise holiday far far away from Berlin, Germany . We arrived in Cairns high is where I thought we were staying, there was a limousine waiting to take us closer to the surprise destination with a boat to take us...
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Adelaide, Australia
10 July 2013

Poor Timing

We stayed at East Bedarra for our honeymoon in July, 2008. The retreat has been significantly updated since then. The caretakers were friendly, the gardens were colourful and the view was simply spectacular, especially during a sunset. The accommodation was rustic but that was part...
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Paris, France
12 May 2013

5 days in a beautiful place even if we didn t know it was still the storm season

Beautiful location, warm greeting, charming house, beautifully equipped we had a wonderful time there as a family with young adults (2 rooms,, one bathroom to share) Canoe, fishing gears, nice trolls. We all loved it ! Also went to Misty mountains beautiful location ! Isabelle...
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Sydney, Australia
11 April 2013

Babymoon Bedarra

What a wonderful way to feel a million miles away with the one you love. The peace and tranquility of nature - turtles, night sky scattered with stars, crystal blue waters lapping up the beach, late-night swims, sunrise swims (swimming whenever you can really), island...
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So Cal
29 March 2013

Our own private island!

WOW!! Our 10 year anniversary trip was absolutely fantastic! The island was everything we imagined and more. From the fresh eggs every morning to the stunning sunsets every night, each moment was a treat to the senses. We are so glad we discovered the retreat...
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7 August 2012

Simply sensational

After such a busy time planning for our destination wedding at Misty Mountains Rainforest Retreat, with our family and friends who travelled over from the UK , we continued to have our much needed honeymoon at East Bedarra Island Retreat. We were not sure what...
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Nicole U

2 July 2012

Honeymoon in Paradise

"Absolutely Amazing" pretty much sums it up! East Bedarra Island Retreat was a truly magical place to stay for the start of our honeymoon late April - early May earlier this year. Picture perfect weather, fantastic views, very private, and truly relaxing. Everyone made our...
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Jennifer C

Mount Isa, Australia
17 April 2012

A stunning setting for an Engagement!

East Bedarra Island Retreat – what an amazing, beautiful, romantic place. We stayed here in March 2012 where my now fiancé proposed after a beautiful romantic dinner on the deck. The retreat is very secluded and has the most stunning water views, we spent most...
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Stephen L

Kuranda, Queensland, Australia
5 March 2012

We travel, some of us forever, to seek such blissful dis-engagement

For four blissful days the world simply stopped. No clocks, no phones... couldn't bring ourselves to switch on the TV. From every perspective the panoramas were breathtaking. A genuine retreat, where your time is your own, no intrusions, at high tide we literally walked into...
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5 January 2012

Not Yet Booked

I have not yet booked , but after talking to Sharon who i have to say was the best tourist operator i have come across , ever !!! And that says a lot.. I came off the phone after an enquiry to her and was...
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4 October 2010

Holiday Bliss

On our 5th anniversary we decided to try something different, after always holidaying at Monkey Mia & came across Bedarra Island. We like outdoor, natural settings & hate to be in a hotel surrounded by other people & "staged" environments. We found the island to...
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Sydney, Australia
30 September 2010

Magic in heaven

My partner and I have travelled the world including The Maldives, Seychelles and Santorini and I would rate East Bedarra among the best we have stayed in and I would even go as far as to compare it very much to Bora Bora where we...
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Melbourne, Australia
31 August 2010

How can you fault paradise?

We have recently been to East Bedarra for our honeymoon and were so pleased we chose the Retreat. We had a mixed bag of weather, but rain or shine East Bedarra is the perfect place to get away and be together, especially after such a...
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23 July 2010

The perfect getaway to truly relax

This was a fantastic spot for our honeymoon. It is set in a truly beautiful part of Australia and has everyting you need and more. Most of all a private and romatic spot to truly relax.
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9 June 2008

Absolutely Paradise

East Bedarra is truly a paradise and was a great place for us to spend our honeymoon. The experience is indescribable and so we will do our best... if you are reading this and thinking about planning a trip to East Bedarra, stop thinking and...
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Auckland, New Zealand
10 April 2008

In Love, In Heaven at East Bedarra

We were looking for a romantic island honeymoon we found Bedarra over the internet. We fell in love at first sight although we took a risk at that time of year as we heard it was the wet season . After a bumpy ride on...
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6 September 2007

Lovely location, but some drawbacks...

We stayed at East Bedarra in August 2007, and found the location to be absolutely beautiful - tranquil, private and very 'eco-friendly'. The private rock-pool, open living spaces (incl outdoor shower!) and (effectively) private beach were everything you could wish for in a private beachside...
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Karen V.

The property is perfect. Unfortunately because it is pretty hard to beat it. We were there in April for our anniversary and since then we are always comparing where we are staying with Bedarra, which isn't very fair to the property. Put it on your bucket list and you won't be sorry.

Magda Mike

The accommodation was clean and spacious with an amazing outdoor deck where we spent a lot of time sun bathing and listening to the relaxing music that can be played through the great tv/speaker system. The care takers were very lovely and greeted us warmly and showed us around the accommodation. We walked around the island to the private beach and went on canoeing adventures several times. There is so much to see and do on this little island paradise- the blue butterflies make you feel like your in a tropical heaven. We loved Bedarra Island and wish to come back one day soon.


Without doubt one of the most beautiful places in the world,serene luxury at it's very best Star gazing on the deck at night,swimming in a crystal clear private bay with a loved one could not get any more romantic We spent 3 unforgettable days soaking up the sun,then wine and cheese watching the spectacular sun sets wonderful retreat managed by a warm and friendly couple who cannot do more to fill our every need. Locked in our memories forever.

Alan B.

After recovering from nine weeks in hospital (cancer) It was time to find a place to chill out. Quiet relaxing with plenty of time to reflect on the good things in life.What better way to start.East Bedarra island retreat was just perfect with the lovely sun sets your own private beach. The fishing was great snorkelling see breath taking coral right at your door step unbelievable. The villa is 5star everything supplied beautifully presented and self contained and the Hugh big deck to enjoy the lovely views wine and dine.Your own private swimming pool so good. My stay was a dream come true. I will return again it is paradise.

Chris and Lisa Roy

Incredible location for our honeymoon, Peaceful, relaxing and beautiful, don’t want to go home.

Andrew & Joanna Holland

What a perfect place for a honeymoon. This place is really heaven on earth and it doesn’t matter what the weather is like. We are very sad we are leaving today but all good things must come to an end, we will definitely come back one day.

Silvana & Rich

What an amazing place, our 1st holiday getaway without the kids and what a place to recharge! Thank you to Sue, Gene and Sharon for all your assistance in the lead up and to Ben & Lindsay for your assistance on arrival – we hope to come back again someday & telling everyone we know about this hidden gem.

Ric & Krystelle

East Bedarra Retreat offered us something new & unique for our honeymoon. While there are many activities to choose from on the island that we enjoyed, the tranquility, seclusion & natural beauty of this place offers the perfect setting reconnect with each other & remember what is truly important in life.

Emily & Lloyd

To know & find joy in god’s beautiful creation was truly a blessing! Together we not only took in the beauty of big things but the little things as well. This was a wonderful week well spent!

Brooke & Paul

Such a stunning and beautiful place to relax and start our married life together.

Shane & Cally

Wow! What a stunning place! We couldn’t have picked a more perfect spot to honeymoon – it’s so peaceful, relaxing & beautiful. Can’t wait to come back

Bron & Chris

We could not have wished for a more perfect place to spend our honeymoon! This place is so amazing and relaxing and we loved every minute. Perfect scenery perfect weather – so many magical memories! We will be back thanks

Sue & Gerry

Thank you for the most amazing holiday and all the beautiful memories. We could not have picked a more special place to celebrate out 30th wedding anniversary it has been perfect, Paradise.

Steve & Sandy

Thanks for a spectacular holiday, my girl Sandy for surprising me for my birthday, not much competes with the serenity here. Loved looking at the fish off the balcony & the daily visits from the black & white Angel fish.

Mark & Meg

No words can describe our time here. Thanks for the memories.

Sam & Jon (Adelaide)

This is one holiday that surpassed the pictures! After a week of ‘musical chairs’ it is time to leave a truly amazing destination. We had an amazing 25th anniversary in a truly magical destination.

Tania & Troy

What an incredible 5 days of paradise. A beautiful secluded home on a stunning island. So sad to leave but so happy to experience this. Amazing way to spend our 17th wedding anniversary, thank you.

James & Michelle Reynolds

Seclusion & Serenity, what a place for our honeymoon, would have to say your place is the most relaxing & private place we’ve ever stayed in. This will be hard to beat, only thing to make this better…. An outdoor spa bath.

What beautiful place to celebrate 25 years of marriage – awesome place. We sadly leave feeling very relaxed & already plan our return for 30 year celebrations!!

Caitlin & Michael Pfrunder

We have never been so relaxed in our lives! This is the prefect place to have started our married life together. Thanks so much!

Amy & Steven Reynolds

The perfect place for a honeymoon, so relaxing. Definitely go see the island! Caretakers were lovely & very professional. Thank you

Ruth & Barrie

What an amazing place to have our honeymoon!! It was definitely worth the wait to get here!! It was very relaxing and we really enjoyed our stay!! Thank you!!

Mel & Brodie (Sydney)

Perfect weather, awesome views and plenty of memories for our honeymoon! We had an amazing time! Thank you so much

Kahled & Rossie

Unforgettable views, beautiful weather, made our honeymoon very special. The time we spent here felt so special that we wished our friends and family could be here for the experience we went through. All we gotta say is THIS IS THE LIFE!

Erin & Erin (Melbourne)

What an amazing place, it was just what we needed. Weather was orsm & the accommodation had everything you would ever need. Amazing job re-building Sharon.

Arthur and Jennifer (Sunshine Coast)

We had a lovely relaxing time here on this beautiful island, with good weather most of the time. Thanks to Lindsey, Ben, Sharon and Sue for making our time here enjoyable.

Rob & Claire (Melbourne)

This was a surprise week away, where my husband of 25 years whisked me out of everyday stress into heaven. It is truly the most superb, relaxing piece of paradise. A wonderful way to celebrate 25 years + my big zero birthday. Thanks for sharing this special place.

Kim & Louise

A perfect place to celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary, East Bedarra is an absolute paradise…. The sunsets, the turtle, the pool and the walks. Thank you Sharon for everything!! Thank you Ben & Lindsey for looking after us.

Luke & Rhushenda

Absolutely beautiful location! Stunning views and fantastic walks (especially to the lookout). Perfect honeymoon destination.

Kate & Matt

This island is a great place to escape reality & really chillout. The weather weather wasn’t so kind to us but we enjoyed watching the changing landscape from the deck & exploring the island with its turtles, birds, butterflies, coconuts, fish, unidentified night animals! (Matt said it sounded like a terradactyeryl haha). Fun memories for our honeymoon.

Tim & Jacqui

Thank you for such a beautiful place to spend our honeymoon – 9 lazy days of swimming, snorkeling & relaxing. And thanks to Ben & Lindsey for all their wonderful hosting. We’ll be back one day.

Elissa & Stuart

photo of East Bedarra Beach by guest An amazing place to celebrate our honeymoon and my birthday. It truly is paradise and after 2 weeks here we are going to miss the peace and quiet, the sound of the ocean and turtle watching. Thank you for a wonderful stay.

Craig & Leanne

Amazing paradise, the house, the beach and surroundings are truly beautiful. Enjoyed the peace & serenity and couldn’t have wished for a more romantic holiday. Thank you Colin and Jason for the fantastic fishing experience, can’t wait to return and will hold these special memories.

Amanda & Chester

What an amazing way to start 2014! I am not sad I am leaving, I am so happy to have found this place and to have spent 7 wonderful days and nights on this amazing hideaway!! Just what we both needed.

Braustein family

I’ve never been more relaxed and content in my life, this has been my absolute dream paradise, from Colin & Elaine to the house to the water. My family and I have been so extremely happy feeding the eel was incredible and simply taking in the beauty is remarkable. Thank you for some of the best days of my life, after studying for my finals at Berkeley this was a dream come true. It would be the ultimate dream to come back one day, thank you Gene and Sharon.

Aliza Braunstein

I cannot thank you enough for this life changing experience. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world to experience complete paradise and relaxation. I will remember these past couple of days for the rest of my life. I can only hope to come back here one day, thank you!!!

Cassie Braunstein

Lynette & I came here 10 years ago & I proposed to Lynette – she said the house has changed due to the storm damage. It was paradise – it still is, with an even more beautiful house and amenities. We hike every trail, snorkeled, kayaked, fed the eel and totally relaxed like never before. We love and cherish this magical place. Gene and Sharon thank you for all you have done to make this such an amazing holiday.

Colin Braunstein

This spectacular soulful retreat will always hold a very special place in my heart not only because of our engagement and reconnecting with dear friends 10 years ago but the sense of peace I feel here. I feel so fortunate to be able to return and enjoy with my family the stunning wonders of East Bedarra, Gene & Sharon words cannot express our gratitude.

Lynette Braunstein

Troy & Claire – Geelong VIC

What a fantastic place, we totally unplugged here, was a great way to spend our honeymoon & will be back again. Loved seeing turtles everyday & Eric the eel eating scraps. 5 days just wasn’t enough time to do nothing.

Steph & Nick – Melbourne VIC

This is our last night in paradise! Nick and I have thoroughly enjoyed the time on East Bedarra to re-charge and relax it is our hope that one day we return to East Bedarra to do it all again. Thank you!

Steven & Tristarnia Walker – Brisbane QLD

Had the most amazing time so relaxing and beautiful. Thank you so much would love to come back.

Sarah & Kenrick – Toowoomba QLD

What an amazing destination – I don’t want to leave and can’t wait to come back. The perfect place to rest, relax and rejuvenate the soul.

Bill & Anne – Singapore

Thanks for a great time, was a much needed tranquility for the soul.

Bernard & Janine

This was fantastic getaway to relax after getting married. Beautiful views, smells, sounds and a great place to unwind, as close to nature as it gets.

Jamie & Nicole Hetherington

What a place to spend our first week as a married couple! It was everything we wanted – relaxing, beautiful and private. Cannot wait to come back.

Paula & Jason – Barcaldine

Couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate our 20th anniversary. Beautiful, relaxing and peaceful thanks.

Katrina & James Willingham – Brisbane

Such a beautiful home on a beautiful island, the perfect location for our honeymoon, thank you for everything during our stay we will be back.

Ceire & Andrew - Perth

What a great end to our honeymoon. We enjoyed the beaches & pool and what an amazing deck thank you!

August 2013 – Donna & Bob

Well what do I say other than 'thank you'. I can't begin to tell you what a wonderful time Bob and I had at East Bedarra. As soon as my feet hit the sand I felt this amazing sense of peace. When I walked into the house I just cried with happiness. I found a couple of special places on the beach to meditate and wrote my affirmations in the sand each day. We loved everything about East Bedarra! We would like to book for October 2014!

19th to 31st July 2013 – Steven & Martina

Wonderful time, great property! Weather was up & down, we will be thinking of Colin & Elaine lovely people xox

15th to 19th June 2013 – Dave & Beth

Beautiful pot, lovely cabin & just loved the deck! All the best.

10th to 14th June 2013 – Micaela & Troy

Best holiday ever (truly) thanks Colin & Elaine

26th to 31st May 2013 – Lillian & Jeffery Woodford

Very sad that we are leaving today had the best honeymoon ever! Been here for 5 days and we love this beautiful place4, very calm and relaxing. What a heavenly place to unwind! We enjoyed every bit of this place, hopefully we will be back soon! Thank you Colin & Elaine for looking after us! We could never ask of a better place to be on our honeymoon

15th to 20th May 2013 – Dean & Sacha

Wow what a beautiful place, the layout amazing is amazing. Such a lovely peaceful holiday! Best place we have ever stayed, thank you Colin & Elaine what a peaceful place to be, we will be back.

21st to 27th April 2013 – Brett & Fiona

Simply amazing!! We are going to keep it a secret – ha ha. Thanks to Colin & Elaine p.s love the chooks

12th to 16th April 2013 – Salena & Jordan

We had an amazing time – so relaxing, didn’t want it to end. Thank you Elaine and Colin for welcoming us and for also making us feel like we were the only people here. Hope to return again.

3rd to 9th April 2013 – Rowan & Jesse

I cant describe in words what a magical trip has been. Such a beautiful location & accommodation completed with 2 wonderful people making sure everything was perfect – thank you so much Elaine & Colin, you really helped get us through an amazing adventure for our wedding! We will be back next year to see some sunshine I don’t want top leave!!

28th March to 1st April 2013 – Ian & Estelle

We stayed here 7 years ago & thought it couldn’t get any better – but this sensational. Elaine & Colin were wonderful – very accommodating but mindful of our privacy at all times, we plan on coming back very soon.

19th to 24th March 2013 – Peter & Danielle

DREAMY! DREAMY! DREAMY! We’ve dreamt of coming here for ages – and it was everything we wished for and more! Compliments to Elaine & Colin for being such welcoming hosts yet so respectful of our privacy! LOVE, LOVE, LOVED IT! Thank you East Bedarra – we hope to be back again soon.

12th to 18th March 2013 – Emma & Michael

This is such a special & amazing place; we have never felt so relaxed in our lives & rarely looked at the time! We will never forget our honeymoon! The special time we spent on Bedarra – thanks Colin & Elaine oh and we caught a shark fishing!

5th to 11th March 2013 – Barry & Jenny Williams

A wonderful place to begin our married life! The setting made it perfect place to recover from our wedding and sneak in some romance thank you.

26th February to 4th March 2013 – Robert & Leanne

Perfect place to spend our honeymoon, absolutely gorgeous views, perfect weather and fantastic accommodation. So relaxed after our time here, worse thing is returning to reality! Hope to return again for one of our anniversaries, loved our time on East Bedarra.

January 2013 – Josh & Jess

The freedom that East Bedarra provides was fantastic, the perfect setting for the perfect honeymoon. We enjoyed how private it is

January 2013 – Tina, Steve, Sue & Ian

A magnificent setting for a wonderful relaxing holiday, it will take a barge to remove our empty wine, champagne and beer bottles! Colin & Elaine gave us a wonderful tour of the island and great privacy – thank you!

December 2012 – Sang & Josh

We had a fantastic honeymoon filled with relaxation, adventure and romance. We even got to see a stingray! Thank you so much for allowing us to stay at such a beautiful place.

January 2013 – Janette & Barry Gyte Brisbane

My husband of 22 years turned to me on our last night and said “I will remember this prefect time and place…. Thank you for organizing such a perfect time for us…” even after 22 years he still makes my heart melt. A truly beautiful have for overworked adults.

November 2012 – Trevor & Karen Hattersley

Thank you for sharing! Absolutely stunning – you guys have really done an amazing job after the cyclone – it’s as magical as it ever was… see you next year a big thanks to Colin and Elaine

November 2012 – Ilona & Pedro, Sydney

Our stay at Bedarra has been magical and amazing. Time really does stand still here and we have as a result slowed down and reconnected with each other and the simple joys of nature; the sunsets, sounds of the waves, the ebbing of the tides, the native creatures. We truly enjoyed our stay. Thank you to Colin and Sharon for looking after us!

November 2012 – Nick & Ena

Amazing! What a magnificent spot and accommodation. We absolutely loved it. Thank you for making a memorable moment so special for the newly engaged couple.

November 2012 – Kerryn

I came here for my 60th birthday; it does not get any better than this. You have time to reevaluate your life. The beauty the quietness is incredible; the owners have done an amazing job after a cyclone, capturing nature with class, not spoiling either one. Well done this is truly paradise unforgettable!

November 2012 – Allie & Rob

Thank you both so much for what has been the most incredible honeymoon – better than we imagined and much more than we could have hoped for. Bedarra is a magical place, we will treasure our time here.

October 2012 – Fiona & Luemel Page

Beautiful Bedarra! We love you, always, Sharon and Gene it’s clear to see you love Bedarra and she loves you back! You’ve created heaven on earth here, Colin & Elaine thanx for looking after us so well.

September 2012 Nola (Cairns)

“A Tropical Island Fantasy” ... Words can hardly describe East Bedarra Island Retreat. From the moment we arrived it was the tropical island fantasy you dream about: stepping off the boat onto the sand of a beautiful little bay, the retreat was right there at the water’s edge.

The retreat is tasteful and modern with water views from every room…including the bathroom. We were happy to find that the retreat is eco-friendly accredited and picked up some good tips to take home. For the first day we didn’t leave the deck and just lazed on the sunbeds and swinging seat before venturing out to discover the island.

Thanks Sharon for designing a very memorable holiday. It wasn't long enough and we will definitely be back.

August 2012 W (Melbourne)

“Wonderful” ... We highly recommend East Bedarra Island Retreat as it is truly lovely but simply recommend that if you plan to stay more than a few days make sure you consider options unless you are content with staying at the Retreat.

August 2012 DJL (London)

“Simply sensational” ... The sunsets were out of this world and the stars each night gave us a romantic setting for just the two of us, we really didn’t want this honeymoon to end. I loved seeing the turtles pop their heads up, we could see them clearly from the deck throughout the day. I thoroughly recommend getting up for a sunrise paddle ski - Set you alarm!

Thank you for making our honeymoon truly unforgettable - maybe we will be back for our babymoon soon!!

July 2012 Nicole

"Absolutely Amazing" pretty much sums it up!

East Bedarra Island Retreat was a truly magical place to stay for the start of our honeymoon late April - early May earlier this year.

Picture perfect weather, fantastic views, very private, and truly relaxing.

April 2012 Scott and Jennifer (Mt Isa)

Photos of East Bedarra Island Retreat, Bedarra Island
This photo of East Bedarra Island Retreat is courtesy of TripAdvisor

East Bedarra Island Retreat – what an amazing, beautiful, romantic place. We stayed here in March 2012 where my now fiancé proposed after a beautiful romantic dinner on the deck.

The retreat is very secluded and has the most stunning water views, we spent most of our time relaxing on the deck, this really is a place to unwind! There is every amenity you could possibly need and the caretakers were most welcoming and made our stay extra special.

We can attest to how much Sharon’s professionalism and accommodating nature ensured our engagement was unforgettable. After meeting with Sharon following our stay, we can see just how much love and attention to detail has gone into making this retreat truly memorable.

From initial enquires, bookings, water taxi and to the caretakers, each and every detail is dealt with the utmost professionalism and we cannot recommend East Bedarra Island enough. We cannot wait for our next stay!!

April 2012 Simon & Rebecca (Sydney)

It has been amazing experience, one that we will never forget and hope to visit again!! We’ve walked the island, paddled around it, watched the crabs, feed the crabs, saw the eel, snorkeled, swam, relaxed – what more could you ask for!! We’ll miss falling asleep and waking up to the sound of the waves crashing beneath us, pure bliss!! Till next time bye bye!!

March 2012 Beau & Elizabeth (Sydney)

We drove up from Sydney and were rained on every day until we finally reached East Bedarra where the clouds disappeared and we were treated to the most perfect weather, water and welcome from Colin & Elaine. Our eight days here have been true paradise and we wish it didn’t have to end, we will be taking a little bit of the islands magic home with us. Beau and I have loved our time on the island and we leave feeling very balanced, centered and completely relaxed. We’ll remember this as one of our best trips yet and the honeymoon we wish for!

February 2012 Brooke & Steven (USA)

We are visiting Australia for our honeymoon and East Bedarra is our first stop. The island is absolutely breath taking and the best way to spend the first days as man & wife. Everything here is perfect, we have reached true tranquility on the island. There is no time here, on the island as if time stands still it’s mind boggling how peaceful life can be here. We will definitely be back for another vacation as there is no place this relaxing in the states.

21st January 2012 Belle and Tim Collings ( Sydney)

Who needs the South Pacific when you have the most amazing beach aspects right on your front step.
We couldn't have dreamed of a better location for the first half of our honeymoon! Such a spectacular destination and so nice to have the privacy and comfort for the wind down after the big day. The pool was fantastic, Colin and Elaine such wonderful hosts. We can't thank you enough for your kindness, we hope to come back and visit again for our 5th year wedding anniversary. All the best Tim and Belle Collings.

Joanne and Peter, Auckland NZ

What a Beautiful 25th wedding anniversary
My husband and I have celebrated in many places around the world and East Bedarra is by far the most private, and the Great Barrier Reef at our door, the freedom to set our own pace to wake up at any time of the day to a beautiful view that we couldn't wait to wake for. The fall asleep to the natural sounds of the ocean. We loved our skinny dip each morning and sunset drinks in the afternoon with our regular visit from the turtles that call this their home, the sunbirds that would play in front of the bungalow made this all part of the natural beauty. Although there are two stunning beaches we preferred to spend a lot of our time in the Natural tidal rock pool. The large decks offered us a lot of outdoor living space, the sun lounges were perfect for us to relax, while my husband didn't move from the hammock . We certainly had time for each other and every day was special, this is what life should be like every day, my advice for anyone is to stay as long as you can and bring more champagne.

Tony and Emma, Bunbury, WA

The experience of seeing an Echidna was absolutely amazing we never imagined such a beautiful sight the superb sunrises to the stunning sunsets and all that skinny dipping with champagne (French of course) glass in one hand really set the scene for the most beautiful romantic honeymoon imaginable.

We will be back to celebrate our anniversary, so could you please pencil us in for same time next year.


Shawn and Liz Gale

just wanted to drop you a line or two to congratulate you on your efforts to provide a wonderful venue for a holiday.

To be honest I don't know how you can bring yourself to let out the place I would want to live there for ever!

Liz and I had such a wonderful time doing nothing much at all just soaking up the feel of the place. To be honest I think I discovered two things while on Bedarra. Firstly, I found my calling in life, I should have been a beachcomber, and secondly I am now convinced that I am at my best when doing absolutely nothing! Bring on retirement.

All silliness aside I also wanted to let you know what assets Ruth and Steve are. Two more friendly and helpful people would be hard to find. The bungalow was beautifully presented and their welcome and hospitality was flawless. Hang on to them they go a long way to making the Bedarra experience so wonderful.

Thanks again for your efforts.

Maybe one day we can return, who knows what the future holds.

Mr & Mrs J. Malhar, Auckland, New Zealand

"In Love, In Heaven at East Bedarra"

We were looking for a romantic island honeymoon we found Bedarra over the internet. We fell in love at first sight although we took a risk at that time of year as we heard it was the wet season.

After a bumpy ride on the water taxi, we arrived at a very calm and and beautiful sandy beach. The hosts were waiting on the beach with a bottle of Moet and took our bags, as we made our way with our glasses of champers to the deck. We were blown away by the spectacular views to the other islands and Australia it was like living in a painting.

The oven was working when we arrived, although I have to say that we loved using the weber-q on the deck, where we cooked our first old fashioned but we generally used the outside showers with those roasted chicken and potatoes overlooking the ocean.Later we lay out on the big deck drank more bubbles and watched the stars. We got up VERY late next morning and went straight into the water. no shower, just lunch, more drinks and romance ;-)

we finally worked out that we were there for 3 days, so we decided to get on the paddle skis and paddle around the island, which took us about 1and a half hours as we stopped along the way to discover some of the most beautiful small beaches and caves and the next day it was time to leave the Island. our only complaint was that 4 days was not long enough and I should have listened to my husband who wanted to stay longer!

We loved the beach hut, it was like having a holiday in one of the pacific island burres, very open and natural and everything worked well. The bathroom was a little small and veryspectacular views...we will never forget our days on Bedarra and will be coming back again for our first anniversary next year.



East Bedarra is truly a paradise and was a great place for us to spend our honeymoon. The experience is indescribable and so we will do our best... if you are reading this and thinking about planning a trip to East Bedarra, stop thinking and go ahead and book it.

The experience is amazing from the beautiful sunrises to the fabulous sunsets. You can choose to be active or just choose to relax. The accommodations provide the opportunity to completely unplug from daily life activities and to recharge and relax. From the fresh sea breeze that replaces air conditioning to the sound of the ocean waves crashing along the rocks outside your bedroom window each night, you get to experience nature in a way you never have before. Additionally, the accommodations are run with solar power and you bathe, cook and drink fresh spring water from the island itself.

And this review would not be complete without mentioning the owners and the caretakers of the property. The individuals who run East Bedarra as well as Misty Mountains want to ensure that you have the best experience possible while at these locations and they are there to assist you from the day you inquire about the property through the time you leave. Thank you!

And if you are looking for another great experience, check out the Misty Mountains Nature Resort...

Liked - The opportunity to unwind and unplug in seclusion.
Disliked - Would not change a thing... wish we could have stayed longer...

"Absolutely Paradise"

Mr & Mrs Mintus Adelaide, Australia

Mr & Mrs Mintus Adelaide, Australia

My husband and I began our honeymoon at the East Bedarra Island Retreat . We had researched (at great length) retreats all over QLD for just this purpose. We were looking for an amazing location, on the water that was totally secluded and relaxed. This absolutely fit the bill. We left Mission Beach by water taxi for a 20 min bumpy ride via Dunk Island. Nathan the taxi driver was fantastic and very knowledgeable about the area. Our wonderful hosts met us as we arrived at the beautiful Dorilla Bay and walked us to the accommodation. We opted to pay for the use of the beach house and the luxury Princess Villa and we are so glad that we did. The Beach House had a very comfortable open feel whilst the Villa was just pure luxury!! We prepared our meals most days in the Beach House and used the outside shower here whilst we sat on the love seat on the deck of the Villa right on the water in the evening whilst sipping champagne. The hardest thing was deciding each day just where to relax...there were 'love seats', hammocks, papasan chairs, and deck chairs placed all over the property with maximum position to take in the breathtaking views. Breakfast each morning was at a breakfast bar that took in 180 degree views of the water and surrounding islands. This is the only absolute waterfront property on the island with its own beach next to it. We spent the days snorkelling straight out the front of the property and saw so many fish! We borrowed the kayaks and explored the abandoned resort over the other side of the island, saw rays and reef sharks and so many crabs on the rocks. Wildlife also included fruit bats, skinks and grasshoppers. There is a natural saltwater swimming pool for use also. The best thing about the place was the views, peace and the ocean - the sound of it that lulls you to sleep and the moonlight straight overhead that shines on the water at night. Everything about this place was heavenly and the owners and hosts ensure that it is a wonderful experience. We really cannot recommend this place enough. We note that previous reviewers were disappointed with the weather. We took the risk of going in November when the rainy season starts in Queensland but were lucky enough to only have 1 day of rain - after the rain, the water was clearer and brought the fish out for even better snorkelling. We would recommend researching your destination and the relevant seasons to ensure that you are not disappointed in future. This place really

Dream honeymoon in a dream location. This is the place you are looking for!

Daphne N.

East Bedarra was just's paradise! We all enjoyed our time there. The boys enjoyed the water but unfortunately it went very quickly. Steve and I extended our stay in Cairns then stayed at Port Douglas for few days before heading home. I will definitely recommend Bedarra to all my friends and colleagues. I thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to experience your beautiful private retreat.

Kirra M.


From the moment we stepped onto Bedarra Island we knew our dream day would become a reality... the magical beauty of Bedarra Island took us in the instant we arrived and we continued to enjoy a week of total bliss..

Dorilla Bay, was a picturesque backdrop for our wedding ceremony.. The waves crashing on the shore behind us, and the sun setting over Bedarra Island in the distance made it an unforgettably romantic experience.


The rainforest on Bedarra Island now holds a special place in our hearts as it brought a unique sense of connection with nature..

Lazy days and star filled nights, we were so relaxed and at peace.


The exquisite excitements our marriage will bring and the next part of our journey we will embark on, shall always carry memories of East Bedarra Island Retreat...

Tanya and Gavin

Tanya and Gavin

We could not imagine anything else in the world comparing to East Bedarra. It is a magical, romantic place that makes years of stress just fade away. Being able to take your kayaks around your own tropical island is divine, private beaches, beautiful views, stunning rock pool, what more could one ask. It was an amazing time and we would like to thank Sharon, Gene, Ruth and Steve for making our honeymoon wonderful.

We wish we were back there right now!

Lou and Glenn

Lou and Glenn

We are back in Melbourne ( brrrrrrrrrrr ) after a most beautiful honeymoon on Bedarra and a visit to the Gold coast.

We just wanted to thank you for opening up your patch of paradise and sharing it with others. We had an amazing time and enjoyed perfect weather. Ruth and Steve were just the sweetest and most helpful hosts we could have asked for. We just adored it and hope to gather a group of friends for another visit at some stage. Island life really agreed with us.

We hope you are well and have attached some photos for you to see how much fun we had.

Thanks again!

Jodie & Nathan

We just want to let you know how much we enjoyed our stay on East Bedarra Island. It was everything we had hoped (& a lot more). I don't think either of us have ever been so relaxed in our lives. The weather was devine & I am now sporting a beautiful tan, (with no tan lines!!). We've been home for just over 24 hours and we are missing it terribly, of course the fact that it's only 15 degrees here doesn't help. Ruth & Steve were absolutely lovely & very helpful. Could you please pass on to them for me, that I found copies of the book they lent me about the Family Group of Islands, for sale on Dunk Island in the Boutique, so I've bought one myself! Anyway, we hope to return to your lovely island one day very soon, until then, take care.



Thank you very much to yourself and Gene for sharing the wonderful piece of Paradise that is East Bedarra. Despite the weather, we had a terrific time and enjoyed the enforced relaxation and the beautiful surroundings. I have attached a photo of us enjoying our first day on the Island.

We loved the fruit bats, geckoes, skinks, the beautiful sea eagle, the sea turtles, the honeyeaters, the Ulysses butterfly, all the other butterflies, the kingfishers and then we were lucky enough to see a cassowary on our way back to Cairns!

So, thank you very much for allowing us to share in your wonderful retreat, and particularly for your generosity in allowing us to stay the additional night. It was a lovely opportunity to get to really know each other again, after the trials of the last few years.

Andrew B.

Loved the recent stay at East Bedarra.  I thought next time I would hire a dinghy with motor to visit some surrounding islands as well as fish!

Louise & Drew
Gold Coast

“note to self: “Next time book a longer holiday at Bedarra, Thank you so much for sharing this little place in Heaven. We had so much fun and will be definitely coming back if you'll have us. A great place for making love, making music and making each other laugh”

A little bit of our song we wrote:

These are the days in heaven
A true spiritual place on earth
These are the days in heaven
It's real love, life and worth
The world feels so far away,
Never felt so beautiful, peaceful
It's the love of our lives...
Making love, making music
Making each other laugh
She's my true north,
I'm the light in her eyes...

Andre and Eva
United Kingdom

An enchanting location - loved the privacy, butterflies, turtles, manterays,and all of the other natural wonders of FNQ's East Bedarra Island Retreat.

PS Broke 2 champagne glasses but what a memorable honeymoon!

Karen and Adam

“ In East Bedarra we found a place of serenity, stress relief and peace. We did not watch the time we watched the tides. We did not think about what day it was, we counted how many sunsets we had left. What an incredible sanctuary after an amazing but stressful we will be back someday!

Our sincere thanks for making us feel like movie stars

Luke and Kathryn

What a perfect way to spend the first few days of married life, absolute heaven! Thanks for sharing such a beautiful piece of paradise, we will be back.

Geoff and Julie

What a beautiful place to celebrate 15 years of wedded bliss, a momentary glimpse of what heaven will be, time relaxing, enjoying one another and the beautiful Island around us.

Liesal and Andrew

I just wanted to drop you an email and say "Thanks very much". We loved staying at your place and had a fantastic time, although i proclaim to having put on some weight whilst there. :)

Everything was much better than we thought it would be and so much more private than a big resort.. We wont want to ever go to an island resort again.

Santa Monica

We've been back nearly a week now and have settled back into our everyday lives. Looking back at our stay on Bedarra all seems like a fantastic dream - one that we have to remind ourselves was actually truly lived!

Thank you again ever so much for all of your efforts in making it happen. I intend to send your 'thank you token' this week and apologize for the delay. My desk at work was overloaded with work and our sleep patterns have just now returned to California Time. I do hope to remain in touch as I have come to think of you as a far away friend.

Please do keep us in mind if ever in Los Angeles.

I hope you are well!


David and Nerida
Sunshine Coast

I told my friends that we were moving to denial so that I could turn 40, with some peace and dignity. This was the best place to be to forget all of life's worries, 6 sun filled days for kayaking, swimming, eating and 4 rainy days to sleep, relax and unwind, a perfect balance.

Jody & Paul Y.

We had a fantastic time at Bedarra, Only wish we could have stayed longer -MUCH longer. We have some great memories of a special holiday, Could you please forward our thanks to Sharon also for our stay, & let her know the new webber B.B.Q. worked a treat (we had a lamb roast to break it in after I put it together, which was also fun) 

Many thanks again,

"In Love, In Heaven at East Bedarra"