This is King George Island, off Tasmania and it’s up for sale for $AU700 000 or thereabouts. A 15 minute boat trip from the mainland, if you have that sort of dosh and hanker for the quiet life, then this is for you. There’s another one going too, called Picnic Island.
Like other idyllic parts of the Tasmanian coast it comes with covenants restricting what can be built on the 19 hectares once grazed by sheep and now regenerating bushland. That covenant allows you to build a small dwelling, single-storey home sensitive to the environment and aesthetics of the area.
So, if you have no plans to be anything but a yokel with a hut on that island, no dreams of development, hotels etc., then it could be for you.
Which brings up the question of private ownership of land again, doesn’t it? And who said that this island could be sold and that one not? If I want an island, then what business is it of the government to claim they own it? What’s crown land anyway? Isn’t possession nine points of the law?