Historic property placed on market

A PIONEERING Tweed family has decided to put their historic property near Mooball and inland from Pottsville on the market.

The Marshall family has moved to sell their Rainforest Secrets property (formerly known as Pioneer Plantation).

The 87 hectare property located on the Pottsville Road, four kilometres north of Mooball, has been in the Marshall family for three generations.

Rainforest Secrets (then known as Pioneer Plantation) opened its doors on Boxing Day 1989 and has been host to many thousands of visitors from all over the world since then, being located just 25 minutes from Byron Bay and 25 minutes to the Gold Coast Airport.

"It's been a difficult decision to make," said Shane Marshall, proprietor and family spokesman.

"Our family has strong emotional ties to this land over the last 60 years."

In 1984 Noel and Gwen Marshall began replanting the farm with 16,000 rainforest and koala food trees. It now has rainforest walking tracks, a 150-seat licensed restaurant and retail facilities.

The family is selling to pursue other interests and because Noel wants to move to be closer to his wife Gwen who now lives in a nursing home.

Shane said the family would like the new owners to take it to the next level with quality eco-tourism accommodation.

The property boasts great elevated sites with breathtaking views of Byron Bay and the Pacific Ocean and the property borders the Sleepy Hollow Golf Course site.

It also has 13 lakes and dams, bush food and medicine trees, stands of Hoop Pines, abundant wildlife, a permanent creek, coffee and mango plantations and pastures. It is be- ing marketed by The Professionals Pottsville.

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