Boomer Island, Image by Sharka Todd

A Real Life Super-Villain’s Fortress In Tasmania

Egad and curses! I never got any photos of it myself, even though the whole reason I know about this thing is that I drove past it and went “What the actual f***!?

The place is on Boomer Island, in Boomer Bay, Tasmania, and I hope that the owner, one Mr. Gunter Jaeger, does not take offence at being referred to as a “Super Villain”, but given the context … I mean come on.

This is cool. This is ridiculously cool.

I mean, just look at it.

Not moody enough for you? Try it in context, waaay off in the distance …

… mhmm?

Yes ok, the structure is sinfully ugly in some ways, but that’s not the point. The point is the way it sits out there in the open. The point is the way it looms and lurks out from behind the hills and over the ocean.

The point is that it’s a castle. The point is that it’s on a private island.

The point is how it looks on a satellite view …

It’s hexagonal. For gods’ sakes it’s hexagonal!

And it was supposed to have turrets on its vertexes, but hit planning issues!

“Robot sentries are mounted here. They are fire-proof and made out of case-hardened tungsten and titanium, capable of firing hyper-velocity depleted uranium shells at 8,000 rounds per minute.”

So we won’t be going that way, Commander?”

No. We will sneak in via the sewers. Which brings us to the patrolling submarine drones …”

Who built it? Who is Herr Jaeger?

Gunter Jaeger. The guy’s name is Gunter M*********ing Jaeger. Jaeger even means Hunter in German. If he’s not a Super-Villain already then somebody needs to damn well employ him to be their Super-Villain representative. Maybe that’s how he made his cash?

He is difficult to find out anything about – the normal search engines have failed me. Is the man even still alive? Who knows? (Hey if you do know, please tell us!)

Anyway. He was the owner of the historic Hope & Anchor pub in Hobart until 2014, at least we know that much …

So go there, drink some and ask somebody. Maybe he’ll even drop in if he’s around and not shooting down satellites …

[Featured image by Sharka Todd. Satellite imagery (c) Google Earth. All other images, click through for attributions.]

23 thoughts on “A Real Life Super-Villain’s Fortress In Tasmania”

    1. I saw some chocolate vans leaving the premises, and strange little green men in orange wigs. My bet is Willh Wonker lives !

  1. Love your commentary of this awesome place. We also drove right past it on the way to Port Arthur and thhought ‘WTF is this place out there on an island’
    Thanks for the info. Loved reading it and yes Despicable me comes to mind. ?

  2. That’s freakin hillareous We also drove past it even tried to find our Way in lucky we couldn’t get in. Yep we also thought what the ****. Thanks for the heads up we’re going back to the hope n anchor to ask questions

  3. Thanks for all your great comments!
    Happy to be of help and glad you liked the write-up! 🙂 Anything you find out do please add here, or email me at and I’ll add it (and credit you, of course)!

    Btw my apols for late approval of comments. I’ve just been so busy with the novel IMPASSE DAY and with life in general. I’ll try and service this blog more regularly in future!

  4. I live 45 minutes from it.would love to know if he would show you enter the driveway from Marion bay.will ask some locals

  5. I believe I saw this being built while leading a Tasmanian tour a few years ago, then when on another trip in November of 2018 we saw the finished product.

    To blow the case open I’m going to set up business as a local plumber/electrician/dustbin man, and wait for the call. 😉

  6. The whole mystery of this place & it’s owner is killing me!!! How does someone rich enough to build this not have a digital footprint?! How does no one know anything about this place or it’s owner?! What’s inside? Does anyone live there? I did see drone footage on YouTube but it raises way more questions than answers! 🙁

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