Lindeman Island is Transforming into a 5-Star Family Paradise

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Gather round, families far and wide, for the tale of Lindeman Island, a once-thriving paradise turned ghostly relic, now set for a Cinderella transformation that'll have you packing your bags before you can say "five-star getaway." 

Yes, that's right, the island that nature reclaimed, complete with its algae-infested pools and decor that can only be described as "early 21st-century apocalypse chic," is about to get a facelift that would make the folks at Extreme Makeover blush.

The Remarkable Revival of Lindeman Island

From Ruins to 5-Star Resort

Club med
Club Med resort in its former glory.


Lindeman Island, nestled in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef and previously home to the Club Med resort, faced Mother Nature's wrath back in 2011 courtesy of ex-Tropical Cyclone Yasi.

The aftermath was a scene straight out of a disaster movie, with the once-bustling holiday spot left to fend for itself against the elements. Fast forward to 2023, and enter the Wells Smart Group, a knight in shining armour with a whopping $10.46 million to spare, ready to breathe life into this desolate beauty.

Now, let's not mince words. The transformation from decrepit to deluxe won't be a walk in the park. We're talking a complete overhaul here—think of it as swapping your grandad's old hatchback for a sleek electric sports car. 

Design plans for the redeveloped Lindeman Island
The plan for the transformation. 


The master plan includes a 210-room luxury hotel, a visitor jetty to welcome guests in style, and amenities that scream "Instagram me!"—from a dazzling pool and spa to a gym that might actually make you want to work out on holiday.

But wait, there's more! For the social butterflies and event planners among us, imagine hosting your gatherings with a backdrop that rivals any Pinterest board, thanks to a 100-person event space. And for the eco-conscious, the project promises a solar farm to keep things green and a nine-hole golf course for a bit of leisurely fun under the sun.

What makes this revival even sweeter is the support from the Queensland government, eager to double overnight visitor expenditure to a jaw-dropping $44 billion per year by 2023. It's like the whole state is rooting for Lindeman Island to reclaim its crown as the jewel of the Mackay region's tourism industry. And let's be honest, who doesn't love a good comeback story?

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How we imagine the staff will be waiting to greet those arriving at the transformed resort. 

The cherry on top? Two 19-meter catamarans serve as ferries, ensuring your journey to paradise is as smooth as your favourite tropical cocktail. 

So, as Lindeman Island gears up for its grand reopening, set to dazzle guests by 2025, it's time to start dreaming of sun-soaked days, crystal clear waters, and family memories that'll last a lifetime.

In a world where travel destinations fight for the spotlight, Lindeman Island's saga from ruin to resurgence is a testament to resilience, innovation, and a dash of audacity.

 It's a reminder that with the right vision and a bit of elbow grease (or, in this case, a significant investment), even the most forlorn places can reclaim their spot on the map.

So, to families looking for their next adventure, keep your eyes peeled and your suitcases ready. 

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