A private island off the coast of Australia was once won in a poker game and sold for 78. Now, it's back on the market asking 17 million take a look insideGet the Full StoryPumpkin Island
An island off the coast of Queensland, Australia known as "Pumpkin Island" hit the market for 17 million.
The island is known for running on renewable energy resources and makes use of both wind and solar power.
The current owners of the island have been quarantining on it amid the pandemic, but are now selling because they've decided to move closer to their family in New Zealand.
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A 14-acre island off the coast of Queensland, Australia has just hit the market for 17 million, Maggie Hiufu Wong of CNN Travel reports.
Pumpkin Island is just a 30-minute boat ride from Queensland, and is currently owned by Wayne and Laureth Rumble. The couple had been quarantining on the island as the pandemic began sweeping through Australia.
"It was the ideal place to spend lockdown during the pandemic," the couple told CNN Travel. "It is secluded, private and yet you have total freedom to move around, be outside ... our kids were playing in the playground, on the beach and life just felt very normal until we switched on the news."
The luxe island is also known for being a sustainable retreat. It has a resort that runs on renewable energy sources, making use of both wind and solar power systems, and also has a system that can convert rainwater into drinking water.
Whoever buys the island will also get plenty of bonuses: It comes with two ocean-facing bungalows, two registered moors, a helicopter pad, a 36-passenger boat, an oyster bar, a game room, and a library, among others.
Here's a closer look at the eco-retreat and its colorful history.Pumpkin Island, a private island just off the coast of Queensland, Australia, has hit the market for 17 million.
The island is currently owned by the Rumble Family, Maggie Hiufu Wong of CNN Travel reported.
The Rumble family bought the island in 2003 for just 909,000. They'd been quarantining on it during the pandemic, but now want to sell the island so they can move closer to their family in New Zealand.
"We would love to hand the island over to someone who would care for it as much as we do," the couple told CNN Travel. "It is a very special place and ideally, the new owners would find as much joy in the beauty and breathtaking nature as we have."
Source: CNN Travel
The current owners leased the island to a well known Queensland Beer company, which renamed Pumpkin Island to promote its beer, in the early 2010s.
From 2012 to 2013, the island was leased to a beer company that used it to promote the beer Castlemaine XXXX and was subsequently renamed XXXX during those years.
There was a competition tied to the island during this time, and customers who found a golden beer can could win a vacation to the island.
Source: CNN Travel
The island is known for being carbon neutral and is said to annually offset at least 150 of its greenhouse emissions.
Source: CNN Travel
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