Palm Bay retreat is an exclusive, private Resort situated on Long Island (10 km from Shute Harbour) in the Whitsunday's. There are 21 private Bure's and one luxury 2 bedroom Platinum house, all designed in a Balinese theme and situated directly on the west facing beach with stunning views out to the Coral Sea and surrounding Islands.
Guests will find few reminders of the outside world in our beach hideaways - no telephones, no televisions and no clocks.
Owners have full use of their individual Bungalows as well as the main resort which features a large swimming pool and attached Spa, huge lounge area featuring an open fireplace and separate Large Screen Movie viewing room.

No extras to pay once to get to the Island. Other Whitsunday Islands give you cheap accommodation but once you get to the island they will charge you a fortune for food and drinks. At Palm Bay your main cost is the accommodation and everything else is free. Bring your own food and drinks. Alternately there are catering options of restaurant quality precooked meals if you prefer.

Cruise Whitsundays no longer offers ferry transfers to Long Island resort from Hamilton Island AIRPORT and Airlie Beach.
From Hamilton Island Max from Mars charters offers up to 6 pax transfers for a charter cost of $300 one way per Boat. From Airlie Beach Phil from Island Transfers offers the same charger rate of $180 one way for up to 4 pax. Helicoptor arrivals are also possible at a cost of around $400
Their is a small shop and has a range of breads and frozen foods in case you run short. Otherwise you can take all your own food and drinks. IGA in Airlie Beach offer online shopping and a food drop off service and Fish DeVine in Airlie beach can provide resturant style prepacked food ready for you to just heat up.

Smoking is only allowed in designated smoking areas.

Other basic Rules:

Be sensible and take responsibility for yourselves.
Do not take sit on kayaks past the last buoy as the current is very strong in the channel and you will not be able to kayak against it.
Take insect repellent, chocolate and of course WINE.
Don't stand under coconut trees.
Don't feed the wildlife

Other activities are;

Bush walking,
Games room
Watch the tide come in and go out
Spa for massages and body treatments

Neither will you find hoards of people, they can visit other islands. We are a Retreat, not a resort and our goal is to offer the most intimate, private and quintessential island holiday experience in Australia

Getting to the Island and cancellations

Cruise Whitsundays no longer offers ferry transfers to Long Island resort from Hamilton Island AIRPORT and Airlie Beach.
From Hamilton Island Max from Mars charters offers up to 6 pax transfers for a charter cost of $300 one way per Boat. From Airlie Beach Phil from Island Transfers offers the same charger rate of $180 one way for up to 4 pax.

For the ultimate arrival, Helicopter or Seaplane transfers can be organized from both the mainland or Hamilton Island. Prices start from $260 for 2 pax for Seaplane and $480 for helicopter.

You need to pay a non refundable $50 booking fee once booked which will come off the amount due. cancellations can be made up to 5 days in advance with no penalty. Cancellations made within 5 days incur a one night fee.

Contact Jonny on contact details listed or call once you get to the island.

FOOD and activities

As the restaurant is now closed all food and drinks must be bought into the Island. You have use of the BBQ and Bar area. All properties have small fridges, tea and coffee, and some allow basic BBQ cooking on the verandas.
There is now a licenced bar on the island however you can still BYO

Alternately walk to Club Crocodile Long Island for restaurant quality food and bar.
Restaurant quality self catering options are available if you wish.

Hut 2 does have its own Kitchenette and BBQ on the balcony so you don't need to leave your private Oasis.

There is also a kettle, toaster, electric griller, electric hotplates and microwave which are all free to use in the communal Kitchen

The BBQ has a hood so can act as an oven and there is also an adjoining gas hot plate. All crockery, cutlery, pots and pans etc are provided but we do ask that you clean up after yourself.

As power is supplied via generator so is occasionally turned off. If this occurs you will be notified.

Palm Bay is a beautiful location and we are opening the resort up to everyone but we do ask that you take responsibility for yourself and you look after our property and common area so that others can continue to enjoy it.

There are variety of day trips you can do directly from long island including the famous Whitehaven beach, Hill Inlet and of course the Great Barrier Reef with the local Sea planes from Airlie Beach. Air Whitsundays which will pick u up from the beach. If you are wanting to do a lot of trips then you are best to spend a couple of nights in airlie beach first and I have a couple of properties you can use for the same cost as Palm Bay with a free pick up and drop off service.
As these are very busy it is best to book all trips at least the week prior to arriving and I can book these for you to avoid the disappointment of missing out.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from We will never forget the beauty of the location and the people that run this dream place! We were looking for something special for our wedding destination and the Palm Bay Resort was voted by EVERYONE of our guests as the best location they have ever been to for any holiday let alone our destination wedding location. The resort owners closed down the whole resort for us and our guests alone for a 3 day weekend so we had absolute privacy. As soon as any boats tried to land on our private beach that weren't from our party they were quickly turned away by Mary, Paul and Andy the caretakers. There is not words to describe just how amazing these people are! They treated us like family and made sure that our wedding was more than we could have dreamed of. Do not be concerned that the resort is no longer under the management of the Peppers chain. Mary and Paul have maintainted the place amazingly! We were a little worried that in the last 12 months the rooms may have become a little tired.. But... They are immaculately kept... the linen and fixtures are still perfect and Mary keeps the rooms cleaner than i thought could be possible for one person! The restaurant is closed (but this worked for us as i am a chef and preprepared much of the food the day before in the commercial kitchen there and simply hired a friend who is also a chef to cook on the day), we organised food (ordered online from coles and delivered to our ferry scamper) and alcohol (ordered over the phone by local bottleshop Magnums who also delivered to scamper free of charge) to be shipped over via the Scamper Whitsundays Boat (which we chartered privately to bring all of our guests, their luggage, food and alcohol supplies as well as our decorations for the wedding. Sandy from Scamper was absolutely lovely and very helpful (her number is 07 49466285) .. Paul collected it all from the boat on his beach buggy and packed it into their cold room before we had time to get off the boat and take in the beauty of the location. You can organise catering from the main land if you prefer not to cater for yourself... As there was a threat of rain on the day we decided to have our ceremony in the pavilion which is located on the beach... We had bought chinese lanterns, balinese flags and fresh lillies and freshwater pearls to decorate on the day... but... again Paul came to the rescue with white curtains draping from the roof throughout the pavilion and large palm fronds on the ground to create an aisle for us to walk up! We decided to have our meal in the old restaurant which over looks the pool area.. which is absolutely lovely... We were unsure what to expect so shipped a lot of linen, crokery and utensils up from Brisbane, but Mary and Paul let us feel like the whole place was at our disposal and allowed us to use all tablecloths, glasses, plates, cutlery so we ended up with a 5 star presentation on a very small budget. We and our guests stayed in a variety of different bures, bungalows and even a house... They are all lovely and vary in sizes... we had number 17 which is a large bure on the beach with a bedroom, seperate loungeroom with a partition from the bedroom and a private balcony for only $150 per night! Some of the guests stayed in the platinum residence with 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, large loungeroom and large kitchen with balconies on 2 sides with views over the bay, tennis courts and even the helipad for only $200 per night! This place was perfect for us as we wanted a small private wedding for 40 guests... it lends itself to it perfectly with the amazing location, rooms, gardens, pool area... but it is also is perfect for couples or small groups of friends wanting to escape for a quiet get away... We had difficulties working how to book this place, eventually I found Jonny on 0414566697 or her email We also stumbled across an amazing fellow who chartered guests back and forth when there was only 2 -10 people traveling back and forth from hamilton or shute harbour to our resort.... Max bought our guests back and forth for a small fee of $125 per trip for everyone (even if there was 10 people on the boat). We also booked max to take 3 of us on a private day trip on one of his boats... he charged $300 for 3 people for a full day of snorkelling and touring around before we spent a couple of hours relaxing on whitehaven beach ... again private and lovely... Max was amazing (his number is 0413195351). This is not the location for you if you prefer the concierge, cleaners to tidy your room each day, waiters and waitress to take your food and cocktail orders... but if you want an amazing location with fabulous rooms, pool and lovely people and are willing to look after yourself this is ideal.. I prepared my guests before the wedding by describing it as "flash camping in beach bures" ...Long winded review i know... but I can't find the words to describe how much i loved this place and the people running it... our guests nicknamed it "fantasy island" as all are well traveled yet had not found something else in the past as lovely as this place. All of the guests are now wanting to return for the anniverary in one year...
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Stayz Rental Guarantee Stayz Rental Assurance Features

Airconditioning, Swimming Pool, Washing Machine

Bush walking
Clothes dryer
Cooking Facilities
DVD player
Ironing Facilities
Linen Supplied
Movie Room
Open Fireplace
Swimming Pool
Tennis Courts
Towels Supplied
Washing Machine
sit on kayak
tennis court


Transfers are $100pp return. One set Tarriff. Not increases for holiday periods. Stay 6 nights get 7th night free This resort has full use of Pool and restaurant Kitchen but you must take all your own food and alcohol

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Stay before 09 Apr 2015 for 10% off.

Property Overview

Property Rates & Min Night Stay
From To Sun to Thurs ($ p/n average) Fri & Sat night 7 night stay Min night stay Extra adult ($ p/n) Extra child ($ p/n)
* $220 $440 $1300 3 $0 $0
* $250 $500 $1600 4 $30 $30
* $220 $440 $1300 3 $0 $0
Additional Costs
Optional costs*
Boat transfer $100 p/p

Note: Pricing is subject to change, and a minimum stay period and other conditions may apply. You should confirm pricing with the property owner.

Prices listed based on 2 adults. Property has 1 beds and can sleep a maximum 2 people.

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