Price Range :$120,000
40 acres of rare temperate rainforest on the eastern slopes of Mount Elephant, Elephant Hide overlooks the Chain of Lagoons Beach on the Sunshine Coast. In an extensive ecological study, this old growth forest received a top score for fauna and flora diversity, in part a result of stands of Brookers Gum, Native Olive and Blackwood trees as well as rainforest species such as sassafras and myrtle and for its endangered wildlife.
These two adjacent lots were first demarcated in 1891 but were resurveyed in 1998.
Within easy reach of facilities at St Marys and the popular seaside town of Bicheno via the scenic Elephant Pass, this secluded rainforest enclave is four km along Mount Elephant Farm road, the original convict-built track that weaves its way through dense man ferns and eucalypts, offering glimpses of the ocean below.
A steep, gravel-lined track at Elephant Hide leads up to a terraced clearing envisaged as the site for a small eco-lodge but now inhabited by a stalwart, little caravan that has a near-new awning and might welcome a retro-fit. This and other terraces provide framed views of the ocean and from here, bush trails extend to densely vegetated rock gullies, beautiful man ferns and other potential ocean look-outs.
This is a special hideaway of undisturbed nature and wilderness though within a short distance of several towns as well as the Douglas Apsley National Park, Freycinet National Park and the ski fields of Ben Lomond.
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