Former celebrity chef Pete Evans buys Byron hinterland tourism venture

Pete Evans

Pete Evans has bought the Mount Warning Forest Hideaway. Picture: Nathan Edwards

The former cel­ebrity chef Pete Evans could potentially be making a move into the burgeoning Byron accommodation industry.

Evans, who quit Sydney for Byron Bay last year, has bought a hinterland tourism venture. It is the $100-a-night Mount Warning Forest Hideaway.

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Evan’s company Healthy Everyday Pty Ltd has spent $1m on the Byrill Creek property, set around 66km northwest of Byron Bay township where he runs his recently opened healing clinic.

The recent accommodation acquisition is not far from the Pottsville retreat which Evans and wife, Nicola Robinson have called home since moving from Sydney’s Malabar after their house sold for $3.36 million last September.

Pete Evans has moved into the Byron accommodation market.

The pool on the property.

His whisper-quiet 8ha property acquisition comes with a three-bedroom home plus tourism venture with eight self-contained studio apartments.

There’s a saltwater pool which comes with a small macadamia plantation, along with crops of bush lemon and guava. Plenty of fauna too including glow-worms, echidnas and platypus which were popular with its holiday-maker occupants.

It is not yet known what Evans’ intentions are with Real Estate of Distinction Byron Bay selling agent Janis Perkins marketing the property as also having the potential as being a private home set in the rainforest valley with swimming holes and waterfalls.

Not a bad view.

There are eight units.

“The eight units can simply be continued as-is or ­re-imagined by the new owners,” her marketing suggested, adding the cabins did not provide mobile, internet or television reception, but rather an “authentic retreat from the distractions of modern life”.

There has been no application with alternative plans lodged yet with council.

Nearer to town Denwol’s Phillip Wolanski, who already owns at Belongil, has spent $7,271,000 on a 3,389 sqm beachside Suffolk Park site, combining residential and commercial zoning.

David Gordon, the selling agent at Ray White, sold the nine beachside cottages as offering a strong income stream.

There had been a previous development approval for 15 units and six shops for the Clifford St holding.

It’s located not far from their home.

There has been the $24.7 million settlement of the big Wategos sale that will see the expansion of Raes on ­Wategos with a Little Nell Residences Aspen-style set-up by its owner developer ­Antony Catalano.

The 4230 sqm vacant building block is on Brownell Drive, so will see the typically booked out Raes bookend the dress circle location upon its completion.