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

BASKETBALL – LETTERKENNY BLAZE INTO NATIONAL FINALS

first_imgLetterkenny Blaze U18 Men’s team have secured a place in this year’s National Finals to be held in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght on January 25th.Having made the long journey to Cork last weekend to play local team Fr Mathews, in the Neptune Stadium, the Letterkenny lads came away with a narrow 4 point victory. This was always going to be a close game between two well drilled teams and despite the fact that Cork’s basketball journalist John Coughlan was tipping Blaze to come out easy winners, nothing was being taken for granted by the Letterkenny team.Letterkenny settled early with the first basket of the day coming from Matthew Deeney and this was quickly followed by a 3 pointer by Andrew McGeever. Fr Mathews replied with scores of their own by Pineda and Lynch. The first quarter saw further scores coming from Mark Thornton, Cian & Tadhg Hickey however Fr Mathews worked the ball well inside to their big men and went in at the end of the first quarter 2 points up with a 23-21 score line.The second quarter belonged to Letterkenny as they kept Fr Mathews to 7 points and amassed 17 points of their own through a good mixture of outside shooting and driving to the hoop by international players Cian & Tadhg Hickey along with Andrew McGeever. This meant that Letterkenny went in at halftime with a lead of 8 points at 38 – 30.Just as the second quarter belonged to Letterkenny, the third quarter belonged to Fr Mathews as it was their turn to hold the lads from Blaze to 7 points and rack up 14 points of their own. Ten of these points came from Jack O’Mahoney having been held to only 2 for the first two quarters. Even though the Cork side dominated the third quarter they were unable to regain the lead and Letterkenny went into the last quarter with a one point advantage on a score of 45 – 44. The last quarter of this game was a demonstration of quality basketball from both teams and brought the large crowd to their feet as scores were traded on both sides of the court. There was 5 three point scores in the final quarter with 2 from Fr Mathews and 3 from Blaze through Andrew McGeever, Cian Hickey & Tadhg Hickey. Some fantastic rebounding by Matthew Deeney and Peter Lynch on the defence and offensive boards helped Letterkenny hold the ball to help run down the clock and allow Letterkenny Blaze run out narrow winners with the final score of 71 – 67.Speaking after the game one of the Letterkenny coaches, Ian McGeever, praised his players for coming through a tough game with a very strong Cork team.“We knew we had to come here and play well as Fr Mathews are a very good team and it was always going to be a game that could have went either way.“We are delighted to have come out on top today and one of the big differences was our ability to put the ball in the basket from the free throw line amassing 12 points against 4 from Fr Mathews.“Our players also played at least 6 inches bigger than their height, winning rebounds of our own boards and the opposition boards providing valuable recycled ball leading to second chance opportunities.”Ian and his fellow coach Mark Cannon expressed their thanks to the large crowd that made the long journey to Cork who nullified the impact and matched the noise levels of the 300 supporters for the local Fr Mathews side. They also thanked Fr Mathews for a good competitive game that was always played in the right spirits by both teams, in what was deemed the game of the day by Basketball Ireland.Next up for Letterkenny is a match up with Templeogue in the final on the 25th of January in Dublin and we wish them every success.BASKETBALL – LETTERKENNY BLAZE INTO NATIONAL FINALS was last modified: January 14th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Blaze Basketballnational finalUnder 18slast_img read more