Dunk Island

Dunk Island

26/02/2013 0 By Chris Parnell


Peace & Plenty

Aptly named the Isle of Peace and Plenty by the first Aboriginal inhabitants, Dunk Island nestles in the azure waters of the Coral Sea, just 50 minutes by boat from the Great Barrier Reef and only 30 minutes by air from Cairns.

The first non-indigenous visitors were the author EJ Banfield and his wife who moved to the Island in the late 1800s. His novel “Confessions of a Beachcomber”, published in 1907, spread the word about Dunk’s exotic appeal.

The island continues to attract holidaymakers and has hosted the likes of Sean Connery, Henry Ford and Gough Whitlam. It’s a memorable experience, combining prehistoric pristine rainforest with exhilarating water sports and reef activities in a tropical setting, with the added bonus of a premier resort.

On exploration of the rainforest, a diverse range of environments and wildlife can be enjoyed, including many species of birds, harmless reptiles and the startling Ulysses butterfly.

It’s proximity to the Reef allows visitors to view more pristine and untouched examples of reef life.??Dunk Island appeals to families, romantic and thrill seekers alike.

It’s one of those destinations where you can choose to do as much or as little as you desire. Your day begins with breakfast and the “Daily Dunk”, the Island’s daily newsletter. Will the day ahead include snorkelling, sports fishing, a jaunt in one of the motorised dinghies, a leisurely catamaran trip or a more energetic paddle ski?

Strut your stuff on water-skis, explore the picturesque bays by jet ski, or get your adrenalin pumping on the wakeboards and tube rides. ??For those seeking something far more leisurely, grab a good book and head to one of the two alluring swimming pools, or perhaps indulge in the Spa of Peace and Plenty’s exquisite massages, scrubs and facials in a breathtaking setting.

The adventurous could go tandem skydiving or mountain biking, whilst sports fanatics haven’t been excluded – fancy a game of tennis, round of golf, game of indoor hockey or volleyball? You can! Basketball, archery, a kids’ club and gymnasium complete the picture.

When it comes to dining, there’s a mouthwatering array with menus to tempt any palate and stunning views to accompany every meal. The Beachcomber Restaurant offers a three-course table d’hôte menu that changes daily, as well as buffets that vary – seafood on Tuesday and roasts on Sunday. The Plantation Bar is great for snacks and sandwiches, and the Asian Noodle Café has tasty stir fries and a good range of both rice and noodle dishes.

The Terrace is alfresco dining at its best … sip an aperitif cocktail looking over the cascade pool as you await your generous serving of gourmet pizza or fettuccine. Finally, there’s the Jetty Café situated at the tip of the Island offering seafood so fresh it almost jumps off the plate!

With 663 hectares of national parkland adjacent to Dunk Island Resort, grab a made-to-order picnic lunch and head up Mt Kootaloo where you can sight the impressive 20m Callophyllum tree or the Island’s emblem, the Ulysses butterfly. ?

There are 90 palm-fringed beachfront and 70 garden view suites, all offering modern amenities. Split-level interiors are a feature of the beachfront suites and rooms – the suites with large balconies and the rooms with garden and beach access off decks. The choice, coupled with flawless service and impeccable styling, make Dunk Island a must-do.


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