The sun rises and sets over the Heaven’s Gate

This secluded, private luxury mansion located in the idyllic marine playground of the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef is aptly named Heaven’s Gate.

If a design award-winning, eco-sustainable, luxury mansion with state-of the-art security and a private cinema, in a secluded ocean side paradise appeals, consider this property.

Set in the southern hemisphere’s east coast, yet built towards the west overlooking a sparkling tropical ocean bay, one could watch the sun set over the sea from the balcony of this home every evening of the year.

From the helicopter or sea plane birds-eye-view upon approach, to the sumptuous tropical landscaped grounds with infinity pool, the waterfall featured entrance way and the master architecture designed interior boasting uninterrupted views from every window, it is impossible not to be entranced by the magical tranquility of Heaven’s Gate.

Builders Lewis and Foster believe that the magnificent private resort style residence situated on 75 acres with 375 metres of pristine beachfront is their finest creation to date after 30 years of developing and creating spectacular homes in locations such as Maui, Alaska and New Mexico.

Described by the owners as ‘the best beach house in Australia’, its grand 1,450sqm size includes a total of six bedrooms, master suite, cinema, gym, tennis court, two spas, lift, four large double garages, a two bedroom caretaker’s cottage, helicopter hangar, workshop and amphibian airplane hangar  all on absolute beachfront.

The quality floor-to-ceiling build with its 43 solid wood doors individually hand made by the builder also features 4,000 square metre of matching granite surfaces throughout, including all six bathrooms, emanating a sense of opulent grandeur.

Prestige Properties Associate with Gold Coast Sotheby's International Realty Carol Carter said that Heaven’s Gate is an extraordinarily private proposition in one of the world’s best locations.

“Since the first moment that we took this listing we knew there was something extremely special and rare about this property,” Ms Carter said.

“International high net worth buyers are very attracted to Australia due to the phenomenal climate and, very importantly, the privacy and security in a personal, economic and political context, which is quite hard to find around the world.

“The Whitsundays is picture perfect and loved across the world so a luxury home with 100 per cent isolation and an absolute beach frontage that is still close to 6-star resorts and facilities is very desirable,” she said.

The sumptuous master suite includes an impressive ensuite and spa, adjacent retreat including an office and den with the second wing housing two impressive master rooms, all opening onto the full-length verandah capturing the magnificent views.

The home is built for entertainment and the stunning, spacious living area flows onto the deck with a gourmet, commercial kitchen and wet bar. The wine cellar, gym, games room and tournament-grade tennis court provide all the elements needed to entertain as few, or as many, guests as desired.

Within the 1400sqm courtyard of fully landscaped tropical gardens and over 100 mature trees is the stunning wet edge 60,000-litre swimming pool with a (rarely needed) heating system, a fountain, sprinkler, cooling system and underwater lights as well as a granite table and bench in the water enabling utter luxury to enjoy the ocean or the sunset.

With an average of nine hours of sunshine a day and average year round temperature of 27 degrees Celsius (80deg F), the climate is idyllic and is perfect to enjoy the high-grade fine white sand, clear azure sea with private beach access and protected shore which hosts an abundance of fish life, rocks and coral.

Nature abounds with the surrounding bushland and the wildlife of wallabies, kookaburras and eagles are regular visitors as well as the Great Barrier Reef on your doorstep offering arguably the best snorkeling, diving and fishing in the world.

The sheltered tropical waters provide deepwater access and safe mooring for yachts and visiting boats with the property’s adjacent slipway to accommodate launching boats and an amphibian seaplane.

From the private helipad on the property it is a short, spectacular 15-minute flight across the most pristine crystal clear waters of the Barrier Reef, dotted with tropical islands and rocky enclaves, are the airports of  Hamilton Island and mainland Proserpine.


Imagine a sunset golf game at the renowned Dent island golf course followed by shopping at the resorts of Hamilton Island and finishing up the morning with leisurely lunch on Whitehaven Beach in the stunning Whitsunday Islands – all only a short helicopter or boat ride away.


To explore the natural beauty in the water and on the ground, included with the property are two Yamaha waverunners, a 14ft aluminium runabout, a Honda motorcycle and Honda quad ATV.

Owners Ian and Sissy Bishop have lived in the mansion for nine years since its completion in 2006 after falling in love with the region and its lifestyle.

“We bought this place new nine years ago now and have absolutely loved living here,” Mr Bishop said.


“We are very sad to leave it but we’re both in our 70s and looking to downsize, but we’re not going far, as we are planning to build again on the 75 acre block next door to Heaven’s Gate that we bought five years ago.


“We do believe the Whitsundays region is the best place to live in Australia, possibly the world, and we’re quite convinced the new owner will feel the same way.”


If good Feng-Shui is crucial to a harmonious and tranquil life, this sublime property’s positioning, with the hills behind and the sea in front, leaves little doubt that no stone, physical or metaphorical, has been left unturned in the presentation and privacy of this magnificent luxury home.

Parties interested in further information about Heaven’s Gate can contact Carol Carter on +61 414 760 305.

Posted on Friday, 31 July 2015
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