Dreaming of a tropical paradise to call your own? Several Australian
islands off the Great Barrier Reef are on sale, and thanks to the
global recession, they're cheaper than they used to be.

Global real estate agency Coldwell Banker's Capricorn Coast branch
is offering 9 islands, some with luxury mansions and other amenities,
around the Great Barrier Reef with prices starting at A$1.3 million
($962,000) and up to A$90 million ($67 million).

One island on offer, Long Island, has seen its A$6.5 million price
tag slashed by 42 percent. Others are being advertised for almost half
what they cost about a year ago.

Islands have certainly have come down in price significantly and
that's a reflection of the global economy, principal realtor Richard
Vanhoff told Reuters.

Seller's are realists, if they've made the decision to sell, they are coming in line with the market trend and market value.

Some of the islands Coldwell Banker has on their website include
Turtle Island, which Vanhoff said actress Julia Robert had wanted to
buy eight years ago but lost out to an Australian businessman.

The island is up for sale again and all the toys go with the
property -- there are motorbikes, tractors, motor vehicles and some
furniture, Vanhoff said.

The owners were asking A$6.5 million for that and now they are
ready to take any reasonable offer, so that's a good example of vendors
keen to sell.

There is also Temple Island, Avoid Island, Marble Island and the
newly listed Hinchinbrook island, where 2008's children's movie Nim's
Island was filmed.

Australia's Queesland state, where the Great Barrier Reef is
located, has used another tropical island called Hamilton as the base
of a hugely successful advertising campaign to lure tourists, offering
them the chance to become island taker and have the Best Job in the