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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51It is a popular holiday destination for the rich and mega famous and now you have the chance to buy a piece of Australia’s holiday playground.Six homesites are being offered on Hamilton Island, with prices starting from just $749,000 for a vacant block. MORE NEWS: Block of land on Millionaires’ Row fetches an eye-watering price Australia’s sexiest pool for sale with resort favoured by stars Taylor Swift posted this picture of herself being visited on Hamilton Island by a cockatoo to twitter @taylorswift13The airport offers direct access from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Cairns. “Currently on Hamilton Island there are over 800 privately owned properties that range in price from around $260,000 for a one bed apartment, to luxurious homes that exude creativity, form and function that can go for in excess of $10,000,000,” the campaign material said.The cheapest lot on offer in the latest deal is a 775 sqm block that is nestled in bushland just meters from the iconic Hamilton Island Chapel.The most expensive vacant block is on the market for offers between $1.75 million and $1.95 million, and consists of 2118 sqm of absolute waterfront land. Insane houses on the market right now Six vacant lots are being sold on Hamilton IslandThe blocks are being sold by six separate owners as part of a “cooperative”, with the most exclusive vacant block on the market for offers between $1.75 million and $1.95 million. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoAn Instagram photo of Chris Hemsworth on Hamilton Island. Hemsworth and his family are regular visitors to the island. Picture: Chris Hemsworth/InstagramThe “Queen’s hairdresser”, Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris, and renowned DJ, Avici, who died in April, are also rumoured to have visited the tropical island in recent months. But its permanent and semi-permanent residents remain extremely private, with the sale of properties often kept hush hush. Bob Oatley watches Wild Oats XI at the Start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race in Sydney Harbour. pic Mark EvansSince taking ownership of the Whitsundays island paradise, which is affectionately known as Hamo, it has become a magnet for celebrities and the well-heeled, both as a holiday destination and a home.Celebrity visitors have included Oprah Winfrey, Taylor Swift, Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp, Pink and Australia’s own, Chris Hemsworth. Jailed lawyer sells mega mansion You could fly to Hamilton Island for the weekend in about the same time it takes to get home in peak hour traffic in Sydney. (Image / Monique Harmer)“There is product for a whole range of price points,” he said. “And since the election, interest in available land and properties has really picked up.“We get about 15 to 20 inquiries a week from buyers actively looking at Hamilton Island … for some it is easier to go sailing on Hamo than to get to Pittwater to pop the boat in.” The view from one of the lots up for grabsHamilton Island Real Estate agent Boyd Jackson, who is leading the campaign, said the island’s location and privacy were major drawcards for the mega wealthy.But he said many visitors were surprised by what they could get on their budget.“We have people who have been holidaying here for years who didn’t realise until they came in to our office that they could afford to buy here,” he said. “Equally, we have had people come in wearing thongs and boardies and you wouldn’t know if they had $5 or $50 million.”Hamilton Island opened as a resort in 1984 and was bought by the late Aussie winemaker and millionaire businessman Bob Oatley and his family in 2003. The Oatley family are also renowned for their super yacht Wild Oats, which has repeatedly taken line honours in the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. And artists impression of a proposed house design for Lot ZIB, with the house and land package price starting from $2.7 millionMr Jackson said about 25 per cent of current owners on the island were from Sydney, and about 15 per cent were from Melbourne, hence why they were targeting the interstate market.But the campaign will also be pushed out in Queensland, with a number of high net worth locals also calling the resort island home, or, at the very least, their holiday home.“When they aren’t in their business-type attire they are in thongs and boardies and just as feral as the rest of us,” Mr Jackson laughed. “Anonymity and being able to just relax and mix with the community is a big selling point.” Hamilton Island Yacht Club. Picture: Hamilton IslandMr Jackson said many owners “commuted” from the island to the capital cities, with a flight to a major capital city often faster than fighting through peak hour traffic.Others worked solely from the island, he said, while others used their holiday homes a few times a year and then put their properties in to the holiday letting pool. Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey and celebrity chef Curtis Stone on Hamilton Island (AP Photo/Harpo Productions Inc., George Burns) NO SALESSales material for the new vacant lots, seen by News Corp Australia, said the island was seeing a “peak” in popularity and demand for land. The resort island has its own yacht club and marina, a golf club, the five star Qualia resort, shopping precincts, its own domestic airport, a primary school, medical centre and other amenities.
“I’m so proud of everyone involved. When things got tough I’m sure everyone involved has been through it before and we stuck together.” O’Neill said the decision to bring Roy Keane in as his assistant had more than paid off. “Bringing Roy Keane in is as good a decision as I’ve made in quite some time,” said O’Neill. “He’s been absolutely enormous for us. He’s not taking too many of the accolades, but he’s been fantastic for us, for myself, the backroom staff and the players.” O’Neill also praised the players who had made it to Euro 2016. ” I couldn’t be more proud (of the players), they’ve been absolutely fantastic right from the start (of qualifying),” he added. “The esteem I hold these players in it couldn’t be higher. “T his is a special night. It is very, very special, it can’t be taken away from us. “When I look back I’ll think this is a very, very proud moment.” Walters scored a first-half penalty and put the seal on qualification with a volley after the break and he was quick to praise the team effort. The Stoke striker told Sky Sports 1: “The whole team on the pitch are heroes. We got there in the end, we did it the hard way, but we got there. “You’ve got to take it in because these moments don’t come round often in a career.” Asked about the contribution of manager Martin O’Neill and assistant Roy Keane, Walters said: “They’ve been excellent through the whole campaign.” Derby defender Richard Keogh said: “It’s an unbelievable feeling. We played really well. We got the (first) goal and we defended really well. “For me to play for my country means the world to me. I’ve stepped up to the plate. I’m going to enjoy it.” West Ham goalkeeper Darren Randolph has not been first-choice goalkeeper throughout the qualifying campaign, but said he would savour the moment after helping his country make it to France. “It’s unbelievable. We’re through and that’s all that matters,” he said. Norwich midfielder Robbie Brady provided the free-kick which led to Walters’ second goal, his delivery cleared by a defender only as far as the Stoke striker at the far post. Brady said: “It’s the type of thing you grow up dreaming about. Everyone involved was excellent and we did everything we needed to and now we’re off to France. Two-goal hero Jonathan Walters paid tribute to his fellow players after the Republic of Ireland qualified for Euro 2016 with a 2-0 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina in Dublin to secure a 3-1 aggregate play-off victory. Press Association