Daintree a natural charmer
North of the river was almost an island to itself, Mr Whitham explains, with access by car ferry over the crocodile- inhabited Daintree river.
“As the cities and burbs become more overcrowded and more polluted, Daintree sits, as if suspended in its own bubble of pure living and good old fashioned peace and quiet, beckoning those who are seeking a reconnection to themselves.”
He said the climate separated “the toughies from the rest”.
“We have about 300 homes in the Daintree Rainforest and about 120 land blocks, yet I’m selling 30 properties a year,” Mr Whitham said.
“I attribute the high turnover to the Daintree’s climate, which is hit with up to six metres of rainfall annually, coupled with the local fauna you must deal with … such as crocodiles.”
Baby boomers were running neck and neck with families as the biggest buyers in the Daintree region; both make up a third each of sales in the area.
Mr Whitham said there were also houses being bought by second home buyers looking for a holiday home as well as a segment of people moving away from the heat of the Top End.
Every home north of the river had solar power, said Mr Whitham, who lives in the area himself. The air and water are clean, with even Sir David Attenborough singing the praises of the “fantastic” Far North.
Among properties on the market was a Cow Bay one-bedder at 200 Cedar Road with 1.01ha ( 2.5 acres) of land for more than $200,000.
Mr Whitham said it was metres from a rainforest reserve where there was a walking track straight to Cow Bay Beach, with the home running on solar power with water from an onsite aquifer and a 27,000 litre water tank.
Lot 134 Buchanan Creek Rd in Daintree’s Cow Bay was available for $459,000 with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and two car spaces. A 1.3km walk separated it from the beach, with the property sitting on 1ha ( 2.47 acres) of land.
For $ 500,000, a buyer had the option of 138 George Rd in Daintree with two bedrooms, one bathroom and three car spaces. It is on 3.46ha ( 8.5 acres) with a large deck, pebblecrete pool, and two sheds for a workshop, cars or boat.
Mr Whitham said the current dry season – which runs from July to December – was the best time to visit the Daintree Rainforest.
The wildlife, Mr Whitham said, was the best part of the experience including cassowaries, 180 other bird species including the woompoo pigeon, Victoria’s riflebird and yellow bellied sunbirds. There were also bandicoots, native frogs and rainforest mice, owls, non-venomous pythons and tree snakes.
The crocodiles, he said, were neighbours along the salt water sections of creeks, moving between creek mouths and the ocean.
“Swimming in salt water creeks is just a big no-no, if you want to avoid these fascinating creatures. Use one of the many freshwater swimming holes around the region instead.”
PURE DELIGHT: This property at 138 George Rd, Daintree, is available for $500,000.