An oa­sis of po­ten­tial

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Nick Ansell

A PROP­ERTY sur­rounded by a nat­u­ral bil­l­abong and hid­den away in the sub­ur­ban streets of Hol­loways Beach is set to of­fer a grand op­por­tu­nity to a bud­ding en­tre­pre­neur or homemaker.

Boast­ing more than five acres (2ha) of land, the Bil­l­abong Bed & Barra prop­erty cur­rently dou­bles as a bed and break­fast, as well as a func­tion cen­tre for wed­dings, par­ties and other pri­vate events.

The wheel­chair-friendly four-bed­room prop­erty, which also fea­tures a two-bed­room villa just me­tres from the main house, is sur­rounded by a nat­u­ral bil­l­abong moat that is home to more than 500 barramundi.

Cur­rent co-owner Dion Tangey, who is an un­der­ground miner by trade, said the de­ci­sion to part with the prop­erty was one of the tough­est he had to make. “My busi­ness part­ner’s father is a bit sick down south, so he wants to head down to spend some time with him, and I’ve got the op­por­tu­nity to head over to Tan­za­nia (East Africa) to do some work,” he said. “For a prop­erty such as this, you re­ally need to be here and it doesn’t quite suit my life­style at this mo­ment.

“I used to fly over the prop­erty when I was fly­ing back into Cairns from min­ing work and look down at it … I was help­ing a mate across the road build his front fence, and I looked over and saw the for sale sign.

“I wan­dered through and thought ‘oh, that’s the prop­erty I’ve al­ways flown over’: I just fell in love with it as soon as I walked through the door twoand-a-half-years-ago.”

Mr Tangey said he and his busi­ness part­ner had re­claimed land on the prop­erty, in­stalled a re­tain­ing wall on the edge of the lawn, and built a spe­cialised out­door bar on the site, with a back­drop painted by a lo­cal artist.

He said the prop­erty had “end­less” po­ten­tial, with pre­vi­ous own­ers pitch­ing ideas in­clud­ing the con­struc­tion of in­di­vid­ual vil­las around the edge of the bil­l­abong.

“You could do le­git­i­mately any­thing with this prop­erty if you put your mind to it; it’s re­ally unique and it’s only your imag­i­na­tion that is go­ing to re­strict it,” he said. “You could in­stall lit­tle cab­ins with their own lit­tle jet­ties com­ing on to the wa­ter … there are so many things I’ve thought of.

“Peo­ple re­ally need to come and look through to know how it fits in here and to un­der­stand the unique­ness; the bed­rooms are a good size and the lounge opens up on to a deck with un­be­liev­able views.”

The Caribbean St prop­erty is set to go un­der the ham­mer on March 19.

More de­tails, Shane Mullins of Re­sort Bro­kers on 0447 185 001.

Pic­ture: JUSTIN BRIERTY

Co-owner of The Bil­l­abong Bed n' Barra, Dion Tangey, is look­ing for­ward to the forth­com­ing auc­tion of the lux­u­ri­ous bed and break­fast busi­ness in Hol­loways Beach.

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