Hitting a hip new habitat
Adman turned environmental warrior Geoff Cousins (inset) has joined the Byron Bay hinterland eco-scene.
He’s emerged as the $2.55 million buyer of Anytime Fitness Australia founder Jacinta McDonell’s retreat. She had paid $2.1 million in 2015 for the Queenslander, which came with an awardwinning extension.
The classic weatherboard home, with a wraparound veranda, overlooks a 15m heated saltwater pool.
Helen Huntly-Barratt at First National Byron Bay sold the home.
Cousins hasn’t had a retreat since 2007 when he traded Whale Beach for Point Piper. It was also the same year Cousins’ novel The Butcherbird was published.
He sold The Wedge, his luxury Whale Beach home, for $13 million to mining services billionaire John Grill.
Cousins, who recently stood down as president of the Australian Conservation Foundation, and his wife, author Darleen Bungey live in a Point Piper mansion overlooking the harbour.
Cousins, one of the most successful ad execs of the 1980s, was chairman of the