Sweers Island Resort hits the market for $3.95 million as current owners promise ‘good people’ will take over

Known among anglers as a fisherman’s paradise, the pristine Sweers Island Resort in the Gulf of Carpentaria has hit the market for $3.95 million.

Its reputation for world-class fishing, resort accommodation and pristine beaches means that more than 900 accommodation nights have already been booked by tourists by 2022.

Thomas, better known as Tex, and Lyn Battle have managed the tourist hot spot on the land of the Kaiadilt people for 34 years.

Although interest in the island is high, the couple say it will take a special type of buyer to seal the deal on the 8-kilometer-long and 2-kilometer wide property.

Tourists often make a return visit to Sweers Island.Delivered: Sarah Martin

“It was a tough decision to sell. We’ve been here for 34 years, but my date of birth has caught up with me and we’ve realized we need to sell,” said Mr. Battle.

“We’ve already said no to a few types of developers, that’s definitely not what we want.

“We want someone who will love this place as much as we do and maybe invest in a few upgrades. A chef, for example, would be nice.”

Along with its own airstrip, accommodation, fishing charter facilities, liquor license, mobile and internet, the resort is the only tourist hotspot in the region.

Richard Vanhoff of Private Islands Online said many potential buyers had already expressed interest.

“There will be no other land for rent on any island in the Gulf of Carpentaria for use as a holiday resort, so no competition,” said Mr Vanhoff.

A man and a woman hug on a shoreline with a boat and kayak behind them.
Lyn and Tex Battle hug before she sets out to become the first woman to sail around the island.Delivered: Lyn Battle

Mr Battle said it was a “walk in, walk out” sale.

“If someone buys it, they get everything we have here. Cabins, workshops, machines, everything,” he said.

As the pair prepare to leave the island at the end of the year, they say the biggest highlight of managing the getaway is the people they’ve met over the years.

Water ripples on a sandbar.
The Battles say they plan to visit the island from time to time after the sale.Provided: Mary-Anne Langridge

“We’ve met everyone from council workers to millionaires. They’re all the same when they’re here. They come here to enjoy themselves,” he said.

“The highlights were just visiting nice people or seeing people come back and enjoy year after year.

Sweers Island is an idyllic tourist spot in the Gulf of Carpentaria
Sweers Island is an idyllic tourist spot in the Gulf of Carpentaria.Supplied: Tex Battle

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