Queensland's Lindeman Island Set to Receive $600 million Redevelopment


Lindeman Island, in the Whitsundays, is set to undergo a $600 million redevelopment of its existing resort in a co-ordinated project with the Queensland Government.

The proposal includes the construction of a marina, six-star spa resort and five-star eco resort by developer White Horse Australia Lindeman Pty Ltd.

Currently in the draft environment impact stage, State Development Minister Anthony Lynham said the development was the first "co-ordinated project" declared in Queensland for 18 months.

Nearly 37 hectares of Lindeman Island National Park will be privatised if the Whitehorse Developments plans are approved.

The island’s previous recreation facility, the Club Med Resort, was one of the many victims of Tropical Cyclone Yasi, falling into disrepair and ultimately closing in January 2012.

The resort was subsequently purchased for $12 million in 2012 by White Horse's owner, China-based media mogul William Han, who then submitted a masterplan for a $583 million redevelopment project - the Lindeman Great Barrier Reef Resort. 


Key aspects
The project will include:

  • The redevelopment of the existing beach resort into a new 5-star facility with 136 suites, conference centre, beach club and a central facilities building with restaurants, bars and lounges
  • A new 6‐star spa resort with 59 villas, central facilities, entry lounge, spa, sea view restaurant, pool and a signature rock bar providing spectacular alfresco dining close to the sea
  • A new 5-star eco resort near the existing lake consisting of 41 villas, a central facility, boathouse and a waterside restaurant
  • Two new precincts accommodating 89 tourist villas to the north‐east and north‐west of the existing resort
  • A central village precinct comprising restaurants, bar, night club, conference facility buildings, arrival centre, shops, sport and recreation centre and a staff village
  • A new services infrastructure precinct providing services including power generation (solar with diesel back‐up), sewage treatment, and water treatment
  • The upgrade of the existing airstrip to provide for near all‐weather status, and light aircraft and helicopters landing capability
  • Upgrades to the existing jetty and additional moorings
  • Upgrades to the existing recreational golf course
  • A National Park and Great Barrier Reef Education Centre and 30 “glamping" facilities
  • Native vegetation replanting, improvements to stormwater management and a shift towards renewable energy sources.


Minister Lynham said that while the redevelopment is consistent with the State Government's Advancing Tourism plan to support growth and jobs in the tourism industry, its location within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area requires the implementation of appropriate safeguards to protect the Reef.

According to White Horse’s proposal, the project is likely to create an average of 865 construction-related jobs each year on-site and off-site during the construction period and a further 300 full time equivalent jobs on the Island once operational.

Operationally the resort is expected to contribute $140 million to the Mackay Region’s Gross Regional Product and $195 million to Queensland’s Gross Product.

White Horse are currently awaiting a result on their recently submitted Environmental Impact Study, with public comments welcome until September. While no specific timeline has been released, the resort is expected to reach completion by 2020.

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