Bedarra Island, a Rescue Story

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Bedarra Island, one of the most romantic honeymoon destinations in Australia, wasn't always blessed with its fair tropical weather. Being a island located on the tropics it was only time until the island had to face a cyclone. Between the 2nd of February, 2011 and the 3rd of February, 2011, the cyclone Yasi’s eye passed over the tropical island.

Cyclone Yasi was a powerful and extremely destructive category 5 tropical cyclone. The cyclone cost the Australian government  around 3.5 billion Australian dollars, making it one of the costliest cyclone to hit the nation. Despite the financial cost, the cyclone only caused a single indirect causality.

The island of Bedarra sustained massive damage from the cyclone. Entire gardens and parts of forest were uprooted. Buildings were decimated and facilities laid in ruins. Due to the damage, the entire resort and island was closed down indefinitely. Bedarra Island was put up for sale, however, potential buyers were put of by the destruction the cyclone had caused.

Sam Charlton from the family owned Charlton Hotel Group saw beyond the ruins on the island. He had a vision for the island to be a private ecological getaway. His vision was of a island where one could forget about the rest of the world. An island where the staff knew your name and you knew there's. An island where you could stroll barefoot and be yourself. It took 18 months of construction for the island to become the now famous honeymoon destination in Australia, an island that you could call your home.

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