Pember's Scrub Nature Refuge

Pember’s Scrub Nature Refuge

Size: 64 hectares

Location: Upper Barron, Far North Queensland

Tenure: Freehold

Price: $499,000


Pember’s Scrub Nature Refuge is located near Mt Hypipamee Crater on the Atherton Tablelands. It is one of six adjoining nature refuges in a corridor linking large remnants of high-altitude rainforest.

The nature covenant protects endemic flora and fauna, including the Lumholtz tree kangaroo, several species of ringtail possum, cassowary, and golden bowerbird.

This property would suit a single person or couple and is ideal for nature lovers, self-sufficiency and healthy living. The setting is very peaceful and private with a lockable gate at the entrance and no near neighbours.

The architect-designed home is set on a south-facing hillside overlooking the top of Thiaki Creek valley. It comprises a stone-clad, earth-covered dwelling and a 13-metre lookout tower behind with two decks. There are two bedrooms, one bathroom, an open-plan living area with kitchenette and a separate laundry/storage room with a total area of over 100m2.

The current owners are often away and designed the home to be a low maintenance eco-getaway – everything is easy to lock up and leave.

Other features include:

  • 2000m2 domestic zone – room for extension, eg enclose tower or build shed
  • 3kW off-grid solar power system
  • Gas hot water and cooking
  • High-gain antenna/repeater for excellent mobile reception
  • Gravity-fed rainwater system with pressure pump (4 tanks, total capacity approx. 100,000 litres)
  • Ram pump available for pumping from Thiaki Creek
  • Forest tracks running between the refuges
  • Variety of established fruit trees including papaya, banana, mulberry, tropical grape
  • Room to grow more produce on earth-covered roof or other side of driveway
  • Options for small-scale ecotourism venture such as bird watching tours
  • Central location (10 minute drive to Malanda, 15 minutes to Atherton, 90 minutes to Cairns Airport)

For more information including details of the nature covenant, please email [email protected]

Upper Barron, Far North Queensland

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