84 Thornton Gap Road
Elevated Living in Far North Queensland – Sharpe's Ridge
As you gaze westward from Townsville in Far North Queensland, the landscape unfolds to reveal a stunning panorama. Hervey's Range, a magnificent mountain range, graces the horizon, with its hidden gem, Thorntons Gap. This historic pass was once traversed by stagecoaches and bullock trains, forging paths for forestry, cattle, and gold. In the 1860s, weary travellers found respite at the iconic Eureka Hotel, known today as The Heritage Tea Rooms – North Queensland's oldest building, constructed from split logs around 1865.
Just a short, 35-minute drive from Townsville International Airport, Sharpe's Ridge awaits. This unique property offers unrivalled vistas from the sole gap in an otherwise imperious rock-cliffed mountain range.
As you journey from the coastal lowlands of Townsville, rising gently from sea level to approximately 50 meters, the Range suddenly soars over a brief 3.5 kilometres to a commanding height of over 600 meters. At the pinnacle of your ascent, tourists often pause in awe at Piper's Lookout on Thornton Gap Road, a view that Sharpe's Ridge overlooks.
Owners of Sharpe's Ridge are privileged to savour uninterrupted views to the east, stretching over Townsville, Magnetic Island, and as far as the eye can see across the Coral Sea and the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Passing by the iconic Tea Rooms (your neighbours), your property manager's residence, and various sheds and huts, you may be tempted to explore your 96 hectares of native splendour.
From this vantage point, you can gaze westward to Charters Towers and northward to the ancient Hoop Pine Forests.
A mere 40-minute drive to the Casino – often considered the 'centre' of Townsville – you'll find ample space at the Old Robinsons Lookout, a part of Sharpe's Ridge, perfect for a magnificent home or even a helipad.
Rich in history but poised for modernization, Sharpe's Ridge boasts a remarkable heritage, from the days of Ned Kelly and stagecoaches to shearing, cattle farming, logging, and even a now-retired railway line along its lower edge. This unique property once served as the venue for 'Mountain Way Tunnel Tours' and the 'Hervey Range Quad Bike Tours,' owned by the Sharpe family. In recent years, it hosted a range of events, from car and bike rallies to visits by Grey Nomads and trekkers. Sharpe's Ridge is also home to the ultra-rare Gilbara Gekko.
This property presents an opportunity for redevelopment into a small community with the enthusiastic support of the Charters Towers Council. Alternatively, it could become an idyllic retreat, boasting a magnificent home and multiple buildings that would make it an estate to envy, appealing to any aspiring land baron.
Property overlooks the spectacular Pipers Lookout and beyond Historical significance with former attractions like 'Mountain Way Tunnel Tours' Potential for development. Current owners have created Eco Village Plans which are available to view. Adjacent to the successful iconic Heritage Tea Rooms Features a small caretaker house with a spacious carport Includes a lock-up shed, shower/toilet block with power, and caravan pads A second oversized shed, alongside several small self-contained huts Comes with tractor and ride-on mower Bore for water supply Approx 94.68-hectare freehold property
For inquiries, contact Barbara Wolveridge at +61 418 760 004 to discuss this unique opportunity.
Open TimesPlease contact Barbara Wolveridge to arrange an appointment.
- Land area approx 96ha