Dain­tree a nat­u­ral charmer

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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.

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