Cape Trib fruit farm ready to har­vest

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

A RARE par­cel of land in one of the world’s old­est rain­forests is up for grabs and you will never have to stop by the fruit shop ever again.

Cape Trib Ex­otic Fruit Farm own­ers Ali­son and Digby Gotts ham­mered in the sale sign on the week­end af­ter 25 years of tend­ing to their 8ha orchard which boasts more than 2000 trees and 100 types of ex­otic trop­i­cal fruits.

The cou­ple, who plan to re­tire and travel over­seas, are ask­ing for of­fers of more than $699,000 for the or­ganic farm with two be­dand-break­fast cot­tages, a main res­i­dence, gazebo which has been used for tast­ing dis­plays and the pack­ing and ma­chin­ery shed with equip­ment.

‘‘We found Cape Tribu­la­tion in Jan­uary 1986 on our jour­ney from Melbourne to Dar­win to take up teach­ing po­si­tions in the North­ern Terri- tory, and fell in love with the place, es­pe­cially the rain­for­est, the iso­la­tion and the cli­mate,’’ Mrs Gotts said.

Two years later the cou­ple ven­tured back to Cape Tribu­la­tion and bought the block of land with money they had in­tended to travel with.

‘‘We had 20 acres -10 acres of rocks and grass and 10 acres of rain­for­est.

‘‘The first year we kept clear­ing and get­ting it ready and started think­ing about what we could plant."

Their love of trav­el­ling and dream to start a farm led to the Gotts col­lect­ing seeds from across the world and plant­ing the trop­i­cal orchard with Ama­zo­nian, South-east Asian and Caribbean fruit trees.

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