Pember's Scrub Nature Refuge
Pember’s Scrub Nature Refuge
Size: 54 hectares
Location: Upper Barron, Far North Queensland
Pember’s Scrub is one of six adjoining nature refuges near Mount Hypipamee Crater on the Atherton Tablelands. They form an important corridor that acts as a linkage between large remnants of high-altitude rainforest and are home to some special wildlife, including cassowaries, golden bowerbirds, and Lumholtz tree kangaroos, as well as green ringtail, Herbert River ringtail and lemuroid ringtail possums.
Pember’s Scrub was QTFN’s first ever purchase and named after the original owner, Barry Pember, who maintained several forest tracks through the area.
The property features a one-bedroom stone-clad dwelling built into the hillside and a 13-metre outlook tower with second bedroom standing behind. Both buildings are on solar power with a gravity fed rainwater system (4 tanks, total capacity of approximately 80,000 gallons). A ram pump is also available for pumping from the headwaters of Thiaki Creek which runs all year round. There are two other creeks running through the block and all eventually join the Ithaca River in the North Johnstone Catchment.
As the current owners are often away, they designed the home to be low maintenance. Everything is easy to lock up and leave with a gate at the top of the driveway. A high gain antenna has been installed on the tower to ensure excellent mobile reception. There are some established fruit trees, such as mulberry and tropical grape. The open area in front of the dwelling could be cultivated to grow more produce if desired.
Pember’s Scrub has a very private setting while being centrally located on the tablelands with Malanda only a 10 minute drive away and Atherton about a 15 minute drive along the nearby Kennedy Highway. It is around 90 minutes drive to Cairns Airport.