Just for men: Beer company creates blokes-only paradise island

Ruth Doherty

Some blokes like to have a "man room" at home where they can seek solitude and do things they love - that we don't - like playing computer games and watching football.

But now Australian beer company XXXX Gold has gone one (or 100) better, and created an island paradise - just for men.

No "Sheilas" will be allowed at Pumpkin Island, where the company has secured a three-year lease to create a male-only hideaway, according to the Huffington Post.

The six hectare island sits in the Southern Great Barrier Reef, and has been leased from owners John and Sonja Rumble, a South African couple who bought it in 2003 for $1.3 million through their company Sojourn Proprties Pty Ltd, according tonews.com.au.

They then gave Pumpkin Island to their son, Wayne Rumble, for his 27th birthday.

Now, 31, Wayne was recently made director of Sojourn Properties, and told news.com.au that the plan will "support the local community by involving the region's businesses in the island's development".

He added: "We believe this is a great opportunity for the island that will not only bring more people to the area, but will provide additional jobs and support the local community over the coming months and beyond."

Tourism Queensland CEO Anthony Hayes said the move was a considerable "coup" for Queensland.

A XXXX Gold spokeswoman said it was a great way to encourage "mates time", and ideas for activities on the island already include an "ingenious beer delivery system" and "one-hole golf course".

The beer company will send groups of four friends to the island, which has five "self-contained, eco-friendly beach cottages", in holidays won through promotions.

Before it officially opens in October, the team behind XXXX Island will be asking Aussies to share their thoughts via the website on what would truly make the island the ultimate destination for those who love the good life. Those Aussies with the best ideas will be in the running to earn a trip for them and three mates to the island valued at $10,000.

According to the website, current activities on the island include dolphins, turtles and whale-spotting, fishing the rich waters, snorkelling or experiencing the coral reefs from a glass bottom kayak, harvesting your own oysters off the rocks or simply wandering the secluded beaches.

Would you let your man go to Pumpkin Island? Let us know your thoughts below...


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