Former fruit farm perfect opportunity for a tropical tree change


Karlie Brady


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Former passionfruit farm has hit the market at 48 Beatrice Rd, Stewart Creek Valley. Image: Supplied.
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With a backdrop that could easily be mistaken for that from Jurassic Park, the unique ‘Sunbird Farm’ in the Daintree has hit the market and is heading for the auction house.

Set on 55.6 hectares in Stewart Creek Valley, near the Daintree Village, this formally well-established passionfruit farm is the ultimate lifestyle change.

Sporting a large processing shed, the property has all the bones necessary to re-start the fruit farm business at a profitable level or turn it into whatever else takes your fancy.

Selling Agent, Kent Jansen, from Tony McGrath Real Estate said the property is a great opportunity to change your lifestyle and location for a home and easily run business.

“There is also a wide variety of different tropical fruit trees throughout the farm as well as remaining Dragonfruit growing and actually producing beautiful fruit right now,” he said.

“The farm has its own picturesque dam fed by a pretty creek with water access and water licence all in place.

“We are experiencing strong interest from a variety of buyers – other local landholders and farmers looking for an expansion property; people from further afield with a keen interest in fruit farming in a proven fertile and strong growth environment; and not surprisingly we have potential buyers looking to secure a large, private lifestyle retreat and bolthole away from the cities.”

The passionfruit farm was established and successfully run for many years by a couple who retired and sold the property in 2014.

“Unfortunately, the new owner only ran the farm for a number of years before leaving the area and eventually defaulting on payments. As such the property must now be sold at auction as a ‘Mortgagee in Possession’ sale,” Mr Jansen said.

The property features a one-bedroom, one-bathroom owner’s (or caretaker’s) residence with a covered balcony.

Neighbouring it is a large packing and storage shed with a cool-room, and in the past abundant crops of the popular passionfruit made their way through here before being sent to market.

“After some years of non-operation, it would require an energetic operator to put in some considerable effort to re-establish the passionfruit trellises and vines,” Mr Jansen said.

“An exciting feature of Sunbird Farm is the large, elevated house-pad already in place. We have probably all seen elevated house-pads where space is extremely tight and any effort to turn a car around can require skill, patience and sometimes a lack of fear. There is no such shortfall at the house-pad at ‘Sunbird Farm’.

“It is huge and will accommodate a large residence, pool, garages and car parking and turning areas absolutely effortlessly.

“The views over Stewart Creek Valley from the private deck of a home built here are green, lush, expansive and simply magnificent,” he said.

Anyone interested in this slice of paradise is encouraged to inspect the property during one of its open days on 19 or 26 March from 10:00am to 11:00am.

The property will go to action on Sunday 28 March at 11:00am at the Sea Temple Port Douglas Conference Room.

For further information contact Kent Jansen at Tony McGrath Real Estate Port Douglas on 0418981881 or kenttonymcgrath.comau.   

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