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South Molle Island

South Molle Island, part of the Whitsunday Islands, is a resort island in the Whitsunday section of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park in Australia. The hilly island has numerous bays and inlets accessible by 16 km of walking and cycling tracks, with most protected in the Molle Islands National Park.

The islands were named by Lieutenant Charles Jefferys in 1815 after Colonel George James Molle, the then Lieutenant Governor of New South Wales. Nearby islands include Mid Molle, North Molle, East Molle and West Molle (known as Daydream Island). Just to the east and southeast, respectively, are the small islands Planton and Denman. Wild goats were introduced to the island in the nineteenth century as a food source for shipwrecked sailors.

First established in 1937, the island's resort lies on Bauer Bay on the northern end of the island and so is well protected from the prevailing south easterly winds. The resort area, now known as South Molle Island Resort, is owned by Koala Adventures and has a nine-hole golf course in addition to 200 rooms that can accommodate 600 guests. In 1961 a large jetty was built as the small jetty that existed was only usable at high tide.

Popular hiking and cycling trips include the walk to Mount Jeffreys in the southern half of the island, from which one can continue southwest to Sandy Bay.

The South Molle Island resort was operated by Ansett Transport Industries in the late 1980s. At the time, Ansett was half owner of the Hamilton Island Airport which provided a strong team of tourists to South Molle. Bauer Bay holds a seaplane base.

In 2016, the island was bought by a Chinese company, but was smashed by Cyclone Debbie only a few months later. As of 2019, the resort remains closed and in disrepair.

 

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Latitude / Longitude : 20° 16' 9" S / 148° 50' 11" E | Time zone : UTC+10 | Currency : AUD | Telephone : 61  

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