Par­adises on your doorstep

Want a hol­i­day home but don’t want to travel great dis­tances to get there? Bianca Kee­gan has com­piled a list of prop­er­ties for Far North­ern­ers seek­ing a get­away close to home.

The Weekend Post - Real Estate - - News -

FROM Mis­sion Beach to Cape Tribu­la­tion – the trop­ics have al­ways been a pop­u­lar hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion.

While it is no sur­prise Port Dou­glas and Mis­sion Beach are dot­ted with hol­i­day homes, se­cur­ing a rain­for­est re­treat in Ku­randa and the Dain­tree is also ris­ing in de­mand.

Ku­randa real es­tate agent So­nia Poole is cur­rently mar­ket­ing a pav­il­ion-style home at 5 Gre­gory Tce for $595,000.

“It has been op­er­at­ing as a hol­i­day home for the own­ers for sev­eral years and has been reg­u­larly booked,” Ms Poole said.

“The sell­ers live in Cairns and the home is specif­i­cally an in­vest­ment.”

The rain­for­est re­treat was built about 25 years ago and fea­tures pri­vate pavil­ions with large un­der­cover decks con­nect­ing the sleep­ing and liv­ing quar­ters.

“This prop­erty is def­i­nitely an ideal es­cape and re­lax­ing get­away,” she said.

“Ku­randa of­fers stun­ning wa­ter­falls, amaz­ing rain­for­est walks and ad­ven­tures, loads of hid­den pris­tine swim­ming holes along with nat­u­ral and abun­dant wildlife.

“Where else can you ex­pe­ri­ence a cas­sowar y walk­ing through your back­yard?”

Ray White Mis­sion Beach mar­ket­ing agent Dick Wil­liams said the town 140km south of Cairns also of­fered a unique ex­pe­ri­ence with­out the hus­tle and bus­tle of other hol­i­day des­ti­na­tions.

Just 80m from the beach, Mr Wil­liams has listed a prime hol­i­day home at 8 Conch St for $695,000.

“It ’s a mod­ern home with trop­i­cal de­sign, a large pool, pri­vacy for hol­i­day guests, lo­cat- ed across from the beach with easy beach ac­cess and Mis­sion Beach Tourist Vil­lage is about 1km north,” he said.

“It ’s just per­fect to stroll along the 12km beach to Mis­sion Beach Shop­ping Vil­lage for great cof­fee and food in the pop­u­lar restau­rant precinct with no fewer than 13 cafes and restau­rants all clus­tered to­gether.”

Here are five most wel­com­ing homes to con­sider for the ul­ti­mate “stay­ca­tion”.

Ad­dress/ 5 Gre­gory Tce, Ku­randa

Fea­tures/ Three bed­rooms, two bath­rooms, pav­il­ion de­sign, nes­tled in the rain­for­est with a sea­sonal creek, ideal for en­ter­tain­ing and sep­a­rate liv­ing spa­ces.


Ad­dress/ Unit 21, 35 Mow­bray St, Port Dou­glas

Fea­tures/ Three bed­room apart­ment in Cay­man Vil­las, 4.5 star lux­ury re­sort, walk­ing dis­tance to Four Mile Beach and the main street of Port Dou­glas, weekly room ser­vic­ing, ful­lye­quipped kitchen with gran­ite bench­tops, mas­ter bed­room with en­suite and spa, dual key op­tion and se­cure park­ing.


Ad­dress/ 110 Rail­way Ave, Cook­town

Fea­tures/ Hobby farm on 11.73 hectares (29 acres), near-new two-bed­room home, room to add more ac­com­mo­da­tion, three-bay lockup ma­chin­ery shed and pack­ing area, worker’s ac­com­mo­da­tion with bed­room and bath­room, two dams, a nurs­ery and shade house and sev­eral ma­ture fruit trees.


Ad­dress/ 39 Cape Tribu­la­tion Rd, Kimberley

Fea­tures/ Self-suf­fi­cient three­bed­room Queens­lan­der on 1.2 hectares (3 acres), set among trop­i­cal rain­for­est, it has an en­ter­tain­ment deck, work­shop, lagoon, sea­sonal creek, so­lar en­ergy and back-up gen­er­a­tor, fruit trees, is close to the Dain­tree ferry cross­ing and Cape Kimberley beach.


Ad­dress/ 8 Conch St, Mis­sion Beach

Fea­tures/ Three bed­rooms with en­suites and pri­vate in­di­vid­ual decks, of­fice, in­ground pool, Ba­li­nese-in­spired out­door en­ter­tain­ing area, beach ac­cess walk­way and prox­im­ity to Dunk and Bedarra is­lands, cafes, gal­leries and restau­rants.


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