If the history of Australia has always fascinated you, you now have a chance to own one of the most historically significant pieces of land in this great continent. The historical slab of Australia – 11ha of pristine Dirk Hartog Island is up for sale and expected to fetch up to AUD10 million ($9.1 million). The slab located in Western Australia has historical significance as it is the place where the Dutch East India Company captain Dirk Hartog became the first European to step on the country’s west coast in 1616. On arrival Hartog left a commemorative plate on the island, which another Dutchman, William de Vlamingh, then replaced with his own plate when he landed at Cape Inscription, on the island’s northern tip, in 1697. The lease of the 80km long island was bought by the Wardle family and the island is now a national park and part of the Shark Bay World Heritage area.
When the Wardles handed the island to the state’s Department of Environment and Conservation, they were given four freehold plots of land in return. The Wardles have now decided to sell their plot at the Sunday Island Bay, which is at the island’s southern tip, on the condition that it is run as an eco-tourism operation. The island offered for sale lies a few kilometers from Steep Point, the most western point of mainland Australia. The island is expected to generate a lot of interest from Western Australia’s wealthy boating fraternity.
If the history or simply the beauty of this island appeals to you, you better hurry and make your offer as the bids close on October 25, 394 years to the day after Hartog landed on the island.