Live like The Bush Tucker Man in this tropical QLD hideaway

first_img Adult cubby house the ultimate indulgence Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:52Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:52 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenBush Tucker Man’s home for sale00:53Turns out The Bush Tucker Man is as good at home renovating as he is at straight-talking while eating witchetty grubs.Les Hiddins — the much-loved Aussie survival expert — is selling his tropical hideaway in far north Queensland after spending much of his retirement giving it a complete overhaul. MORE: How the drought is affecting the Queensland housing market Why a 100-year-old fig tree is worth millions The property on 7975 sqm at 17 Warril Drive, Kuranda, has just hit the market via an expressions of interest campaign through Ray White Cairns Beaches. The Bush Tucker Man, Les Hiddins, is selling his tropical retreat in far north Queensland. Picture: Brendan Radke. Les Hiddins during his time as The Bush Tucker Man in the television series.Hiddins and his wife, Sandy, paid $500,000 for the property in 2012 and have spent the past eight years renovating and extending the main house, adding two new wings.“The house was built in the late ‘80s and when we bought, it was in its original condition, so over the last eight years we’ve basically gutted it and rebuilt it almost entirely from scratch, as well as adding in a couple of wings that have doubled the size of the property,” Mrs Hiddins said. The master wing, designed by award-winning Cairns firm Chris Van Dyke and WIP Construction,, features handcrafted New Guinea rosewood and silkwood. This house at 17 Warril Dr, Kuranda, is on the market.“We decided to build the master suite in particular because we’ve got adult children and grandchildren coming to visit so we wanted a much bigger home and a separate wing where we could just have complete privacy and shut that off from the remainder of the house,” Mrs Hiddins said. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:11Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:11 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAutumn National Market Update02:12 “The architect and builders did a great job so now we have this lovely master wing built with a very large bedroom opening out onto a wide veranda, big ensuite, huge walk-in wardrobe, all with beautiful cabinetry made by woodworks here on the tableland.”The other wing homes a separate studio. Inside the house at 17 Warril Drive, Kuranda. The house has a French provincial-style kitchen.The house has four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a new French provincial-style kitchen. “There’s also a reading room, particularly for Les — he wanted the north Queensland section with a large library in the home as he’s got over 600 books, so that’s adjacent to the bedroom,” Mrs Hiddins said. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours ago“The wing was built like an original homestead so the wide verandas have the lovely sandstone trims and the tiling is all tessellated and individually laid, so it’s really quite lovely.” There’s plenty of room to roam at 17 Warril Drive, Kuranda.The estate also backs onto heritage-listed rainforest and overlooks north Queensland parklands at the front, which was part of the reason the couple bought the property. “When we saw the place, we just fell in love with it straight away because it’s such a dramatic background or dramatic environment with the world-heritage rainforest on our back boundary, with a spring-fed creek, and then the front of the property is more parklands,” Mrs Hiddins said. Imagine the barbies you could have here!A Vietnam War veteran and ­retired Australian Army major, Les Hiddins featured in the television series The Bush Tucker Man from the late 1980s.The success of the documentaries made him a household name. The couple is excited about the prospect of another adventure — this time further south in New South Wales. Give me a home among the gum trees.last_img read more

Mixed results for Premier League teams in EFL Cup

first_imgChelsea came from two goals down to beat 10-man Leicester City 4-2 after extra-time in the pick of last night’s third round ties in the League Cup.Elsewhere, there were comfortable wins for Liverpool and Arsenal but Everton and Bournemouth both suffered surprise defeats to Championship opponents.Everton were beaten 2-0 by Norwich at Goodison Park, while Preston needed extra-time to defeat Bournemouth 3-2. There’s more third round action tonight.Manchester United will be hoping to avoid their fourth consecutive defeat across all competitions when they travel to face League One side Northampton.There’s also three all-Premier Division match-ups.Southampton host Crystal Palace, Man City travel to Swansea and Stoke are up against Hull at the Britannia Stadium.last_img read more