A Rare Slice of Whitsundays Paradise
January 10 2023
Once referred to as “the most romantic location on Earth”, the expectation level of those who step foot on this sprawling estate in the Whitsundays is palpable.
Yet 119B Botanica Drive, or Villa Botanica as it is locally known, never disappoints.
Spread across more than 2.22ha and hugging a generous 160 metres of pristine Queensland coastline overlooking a private beach and with 180-degree views of the Coral Sea, the estate is a veritable paradise.
Located only a 10-minute drive from the tourist hub of Airlie Beach in Queensland’s north, the estate is ensconced within tropical rainforest and botanical gardens. It also includes what is believed to be Australia’s only cactarium, filled with thousands of native and exotic cacti and succulents.
An expansive 90m2 elevated entertaining terrace supported by 4 metre-high concrete columns, is not only a feat of engineering but the optimal place from which to take in the spectacular vistas.
At the heart of the estate sits a six-bedroom Balinese-style villa – a temple to maximalism – where natural materials, from wood to sandstone to granite, bring colour and texture to the exotic home that is packed with statement features and commercial potential.
Entry via a porte cochere of carved merbau pillars and ironwood shingles impresses from the outset. Open a sculpted doorway made from ancient teak root to reach 3.4 metre-high antiqueIndian doors that push open to reveal a grand vestibule with an 8 metre-wide hand-carved teak divider.
Swathes of Java Rosso marble feature across floors and in bathrooms, including the master ensuite where it vies for attention with the bathtub that has been hand carved from a one and a quarter-tonne granite boulder.
Another impressive addition – and what the original owners admitted “was the only real stress-out in the whole construction” – was a 10,000-litre built-in aquarium which makes up part of the dining room wall on the ground level.
The villa’s six bedrooms are divided into a master suite flanked by a balcony offering up spectacular Coral Sea views, with three further bedrooms in the main residence.
Connected to the villa via a covered walkway is a secondary building that has two further bedrooms with ensuites, perfect for family guests or to rent as a bed and breakfast-style accommodation.
The stunning property is currently operating as a wedding venue and holds plenty of potential for a new owner to earn an income from their investment.
“This was a passion project for the couple who originally built the estate,” says Tony Velissariou.
“But it became so beautiful and is in such an exclusive and stunning position that people started to ask if they could hold their weddings there.
“They saw the potential and that’s how it developed.”
The present owners, who live overseas, bought this property in 2018 but Covid stopped them from enjoying it and they have now made the decision to sell.
“The estate is accessed via a private road which leads to a private beach and there are two further cleared parcels on the estate, so if someone wanted to upsize and put more accommodation on there, subject to council approval, of course, they could, or they can just enjoy the space,” Tony says.
“It’s just an incredible property that has a lot of potential.”
Woodwark is a coastal locality about 12km from Airlie Beach, from where a one-hour ferry ride will take you to nearby Hamilton Island, for a trip to the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef or to access Hamilton Island Airport. On the mainland, Whitsunday Coast (Proserpine) Airport is a 30-minute drive from the villa and offers direct flights to metropolitan hubs