PRD Whitsunday

230 Shute Harbour Road, Cannonvale, QLD 4802

07 4946 2000

One of Australia's Most Exquisite Waterfront Homes

This exquisite landmark waterfront property overlooks the Coral Sea on the western shores of Pioneer Bay, Woodwark, 10 minutes drive from the popular tourist village of Airlie Beach.  Botanica House is ideally situated at the end of a private road, Botanica Drive, adjoining residential estate, Botanica Estate, also developed by the Hogans.   

The estate extends over 2.22 hectares with a vast 160-metre prime waterfront and minimal 5-metre esplanade. It enjoys 180 degree sea and island views from Double Cone Island, around to Hayman and the residential coastal township of Cannonvale.  It has been extensively improved with terraced gardens and revegetated rainforest.  Construction of the dwelling commenced in 2002 and was completed in 2007. Internal appointments, building services and facilities are of an extremely high standard. 

 The main residence comprises 631 square metres and includes extensive open-plan living areas, separate dining room, comprehensive media room, fully equipped commercial and domestic kitchens, stainless steel washroom, 2 bedrooms, with ensuites, plus 1 additional bedroom currently used as team office, covered entranceway, separate foyer and huge wrap around, flat pebble tiled verandahs, framed by 22 carved timber columns atop low carved stone walls.

 Adjoining the main residence is an attached 2 bedroom guest wing, total 183 sq metres and featuring indoor/outdoor bathrooms incorporating carved marble basins and vanities and freestanding, custom-made terrazzo bathtubs, imported Granito tile floors, hand-carved timber decorative panels and friezes, Merbau doors and windows, covered verandahs and antique teak furniture.  Ideal for visiting guests.

 Offering a lifestyle like no other, the opportunity is further enhanced by the potential for the property to generate its income carrying a License to cater for up to 100 covers and hold up to 160 Functions per year.

The History - The Vision

Botanica House is the creation of Ralph Hogan, a visionary designer, who, at age 5 was sent from his home in New Caledonia to boarding school in rural NSW. As a young boy, he developed a deep nostalgia for the tropics, dreaming of the day he would create his own utopia. 

The fantasy became a reality in 1993 when Ralph and his wife Janet discovered a breathtaking piece of waterfront land overlooking the Coral Sea.  Ralph applied his many years as a Creative Director of his advertising agency, Oddfellows, to create a visually sumptuous landscape that would feature his greatest loves: tropical plants and architecture. 

On completion of this visionary utopia, the Hogans decided that this vast estate with its magnificent gardens be too grand to stay locked up as a private residence. By adapting the waterfront mansion so that it could now host exclusive, boutique weddings, they have been able to share their unique paradise with an appreciative public while maintaining its privacy and intimacy. Since that day, over 500 happy couples have tied the knot at this utopian dream come true, the venue Australian Traveller has described as “the most romantic place in Australia.”

Botanica’s world-renowned gardens provide a whole new perspective on a region traditionally associated with water-based activities. Sharing the same latitude as Madagascar, this “Jurassic Park of the plant world” is a showcase of endemic as well as exotic species, including the Whitsundays’ floral emblem: the golden dendrobium orchid; the iconic Whitsundays bottle tree: Brachychiton Rupestre; Mackay Cedar, Burdekin Plum and Tulip Oak. 

Visitors may also spot many examples of the abundant native fauna that frequent this wildlife habitat: the Cairns birdwing and Ulysses butterfly, golden sunbird, white-bellied sea eagle, black cockatoo and famous dugong and sea turtle grazing on the sea grass in Pioneer Bay.   

 Such is the luxuriant beauty of this 5-acre estate, with its romantic palm forest, striking Cactarium, sunken garden and agaves tumbling to the water’s edge, Better Homes and Garden enthused: “They have achieved heaven on earth with this garden.”

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