More than just a waterfront property, this rare slice of South Australian real estate is a dream destination, with resident sea lions and dolphins dropping by daily.
Offered to the market for the first time in 27 years, through Elders Real Estate Streaky Bay, 33 Baird Bay Rd could be yours for $2.25 million and includes one of the State’s top tourism businesses, Ocean Eco Experience and Accommodation.
OTHER UNIQUE LISTINGS:
Vendors Alan and Patricia Payne, who have lived and operated the business at the site since 1992, are believed to be the first in Australia to offer swimming tours with sea lions.
Keen for a buyer with a love of the big blue and all its creatures, the Paynes are now looking for someone to continue the unique experience of work rest and play on the bay.
The couple are even prepared to assist the new owners of the business for up to six months to ensure a smooth transition.
“It’s been a really rewarding undertaking and it’s not going to be easy to pass it all on,” Mr Payne said.
“When we first moved here and started the business, we would only get around 15 to 20 people out here a year. I think back then the idea of swimming with sea lions and dolphins still seemed daunting.
“But now, we average around 3000 visitors annually, who come out on the tours.
“It’s a lot of fun but also a lot of hard work so the job isn’t for everyone. It’s more than just taking people for a swim.”
Mr Payne said he hoped that whoever took over the running of the business would continue preserving the local sea mammal population.
“It’s been really good to see that the sea lion colony has increased four faults since we first moved here, and there are also more dolphins around,” he said.
“Looking after the animals that we have become so friendly with is important to us and we hope that whoever takes over, will feel the same.”
Selling agent Chad Kirby said the property had the potential to be expanded into a larger attraction and even transition into a marine mammal rescue facility.
“This is a very rare property as it is one of South Australia’s biggest tourism attractions and it’s a home where literally the ocean is your front yard,” he said.
“It’s all self-contained and would be best suited to a young family as an owner occupier set up.”
Along with the successful business, the sale includes two rammed earth apartments, an office with staff accommodation, a kitchen and restaurant as well as a three-bedroom private residence. Even the tour boat is thrown in with the deal.
Two waterfront freehold allotments, totalling 3400sq m, will also be included in the settlement.
Right in the heart the Great Australian Bight on the western coast of the Eyre Peninsula, the home is 700kms west of Adelaide and 300kms west of Port Lincoln.