This week’s settlement of a $10.5 million sale of a Newrybar property in the Byron Bay hinterland piqued the interest of big-ticket property watchers like yours truly, and not just because the deal sets a record for the small town.
Word had already leaked that one of the Hemsworth brothers, of varying degrees of Hollywood fame, was behind the purchase of the 46-hectare property with big views to the coast.
Unfortunately, the off-market deal – rumoured to have been negotiated by McGrath’s Ruth Gotterson – was lodged in a trust fronted by the directors of William Buck accountancy and advisory Graham Spring and Scott Girdlestone, the latter of whom offered “no comment” to enquiries.
Not that the crew at William Buck are strangers to the Hemsworths. A slew of Hemsworth corporate entities are headquartered at William Buck’s Sydney office, including Chris and Liam’s company, Corn Dog Pty Ltd, and another trust that was used to buy the Suffolk Park digs of brother Luke Hemsworth (although that house was later transferred to Luke’s ownership).
Enquiries to the agent and the Hemsworths’ management received the silent treatment, so it remains unknown who is behind the purchase, but if Title Deeds was to place bets, they would be on Liam, given his already $13.3 million interest in the neighbourhood.
Across the road is a 37-hectare property Liam bought a year ago for $6.8 million, and across town is the architect Jason Schepisi-designed house he bought as his home in 2020 for $6.5 million.
Byron’s hippy paradise
Fashion designer Wayne Cooper and his wife Sarah Marsh have bought into the high-end hippy paradise of Myocum, near Byron Bay, for $5.09 million.