Pember’s Scrub Nature Refuge
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
- Central location (10 minute drive to Malanda, 15 minutes to Atherton, 90 minutes to Cairns Airport)
|Upper Barron, Far North Queensland