Cape Trib fruit farm ready to harvest
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.