Buy ‘Australia’s most baffling phenomenon’

The entrance to Mystery Craters at South Kolan, near Bundaberg.
The entrance to Mystery Craters at South Kolan, near Bundaberg.

Australia’s “most baffling phenomenon” is for sale, but the fact it also comes with a dinosaur and a fairy garden just adds to its intrigue.

Mystery Craters, a quirky tourist attraction at South Kolan, which is between Bundaberg and Gin Gin, is on the market for $449,000 negotiable.

It comes with a three bedroom Queenslander-style house, but it is the craters that add some wow factor to the property.

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“A natural phenomenon, there are plenty of theories as to how they were formed but the most important fact remains, that it is a popular local tourist attraction and has the potential for much more,” the listing says.

The property at 13-15 Lines Road, South Kolan.

A news report said the mystery craters were discovered in 1971, with numerous theories as to what caused the phenomena.

Everything from UFOs to meteor showers, even sink holes, dinosaurs and hot springs, have been suggested but the mystery continues to baffle.

And so far, a buyer for the unusual property remains just as elusive.

Marketing agent Shane Chung of RealWay Property Consultants Bundaberg says the market for a suitable buyer is a small one.

May we present the “mystery craters”.

“It is a very small market for the type of buyer that we are chasing,” he says. “It’s 25 minutes outside of Bundaberg, unique but a bit dated, and it really needs someone with a creative mindset.

“The owners are elderly and just want to downsize now so don’t have the energy or want to spend money on it now.

“They do run the business for a bit of income but it needs someone now who can really push it.”

The mystery craters from the viewing deck.

Chung says there has been a real tourism push in the Bundaberg region and the property offers a good opportunity due to its unique offering and the three bedroom Queenslander that “is getting a really good return”.

“Personally, I think it is good value,” he says. “The Mystery Craters are unique and people are still baffled by them (the cause).”

The website for Mystery Craters says the 35 unusually shaped craters were discovered by a previous owner while ploughing the field to plant zucchinis.

The Fairy Dell at Mystery Craters.

They are believed to be about 25 million years old and are a mixture of sandstone and ochre, with some of the craters holding water and others rising and falling over time, according to the website.

A public viewing platform was erected so that visitors could get a birds eye view of the craters while listening to an automated guide.

A fairy garden, or rather Fairy Dell, is another feature of the property, as is The Shed, which houses a collection of over 300 pieces of antique machinery.

This article from The Courier Mail originally appeared as “‘Australia’s most baffling phenomenon’ is still for sale”.