Discover a new way to live with nature, Platypus Park is the first development of its type in the world. Introducing the most sustainable homes ever constructed, over 90 home sites using the Green Magic Homes patented and revolutionary construction system for Earth-Covered buildings. Each home is made with cutting-edge polymeric compounds using aero-space technology that offers the homeowner the ability to live completely integrated with nature.
A truly urban precinct for those who’s beliefs are focused on making the smallest footprint on the planet possible. Situated high above the city of Lismore on the Bruxner Highway in picturesque Goonellabah, Platypus Park takes advantage of the rolling hills, the distant views, the natural contours of the ground and the surrounding waterways full of wildlife and platypus. Platypus Park’s arrival heralds a community unique in every way.
On the banks of Wilsons River, Lismore is home to a thriving arts community. Visit the Lismore Regional Gallery or find laneway street art through The Back Alley Gallery. There’s also an emerging culinary scene – taste it at Bircher Bar, The Dirty Wilson or Ghetto Babe Street Eats.
Stop in at beautiful Casino and treat your tastebuds to mouth-watering Casino beef. Kyogle, a rainforest gateway, is on the banks of the beautiful Richmond River. Try surfing, kayaking and fishing on the uncrowded beaches and waterways of Evans Head. Discover breathtaking rainforest wilderness in World Heritage-listed Border Ranges National Park.
Visit the beautiful green valley that is home to Nimbin, where you can see the works of local artists, from paintings and fashion to ceramics and jewellery, at the Nimbin Artists Gallery. Visit the Candle Factory or taste fresh seasonal produce at the weekly Nimbin Farmers Market.
And just a short drive gets you to Byron Bay, Ballina and the Tweed, with its rich hinterland and spectacular coast, the Byron Bay region is famous for beaches and natural beauty, such as the magnificent Minyon Falls. Taste delicious local produce at The Farm, a wonderful paddock to plate experience. Stroll along the stunning coastal walk from Ballina to Lennox Head, where the rainforest meets the sea, and admire the surfers riding the world famous left hand break at The Point.
In the Tweed Valley, cruise or kayak among the beautiful estuaries, gorgeous beaches, and World Heritage wilderness. Kids will love Tropical Fruit World. Stop at coastal Kingscliff or relax on Cabarita Beach, renowned for its surf events and beachside hotel. Visit Mount Warning in idyllic Wollombin National Park, where the remnants of an ancient volcano rise dramatically from the forests.
Platypus Park is a combination of 2, 3 and 4-bedroom homes built into the hills and dales that make up this beautiful space. Exceptional design defines each home with revolutionary additions that enables the home to take advantage of the insulation properties of a structure covered in its surrounds. The typical result is a 75% reduction in the cost of heating or cooling the home. The roof of each home is covered in a garden that allows you to put your signature on your piece of history.
This new way of living with nature will elevate Lismore with this unique urban offering. It sets a new benchmark for style, liveability and uniqueness.
Our “elevational” berm design layouts consist of an exposed elevation or face, which positioned strategically, allows the sun to light and heat the interior, while soil covers the other sides and roof to protect and insulate the building. The floor plans are arranged to allow common areas and bedrooms to share heat and light from the sun’s exposure. The earth surrounding the house provides excellent soundproofing, protects against the impact of the extreme outdoor temperatures, requires less outside maintenance, blends into the landscape more harmoniously than conventional homes, and offers exceptional protection against high temperatures, high winds, hailstorms, and natural disasters.
Lismore lies at the heart of the Northern Rivers, by the end of the 20th century the concept of a sea change had arrived and this transformed much of the eastern seaboard including the Northern Rivers coast between Cabarita Beach and Ballina.
Unlike the Gold Coast and even the Sunshine Coast where extraordinary development is supported by modestly scaled settlements inland, the Northern Rivers coast is different. There’s entrepreneurial energy and enterprise in forging and expanding inland settlements. But it all takes place within striking distance of established experienced administrative centres like Lismore which operates a bit like a de facto capital city. Southern Cross University is based in Lismore as is the region’s leading media facilities.
Our biophilic structures are covered by soil and rich greenery, making them energy efficient and energy saving while keeping a temperature balanced interior that fosters restful sleep and rejuvenation. Green Magic Homes embrace an innovative lifestyle that calms your senses, fills you with energy, joy and inner peace while keeping you connected to your external environment.
The masterplan for the site incorporates high-tech greenhouses that will produce seasonal fruits and vegetables for the locals to have access to. These greenhouses will be positioned in the parkland that forms part of the residential offering and will be open to provide the freshest produce available. A café will provide barista made coffee and treats to delight the visitors and locals.
The Northern Rivers region is more of a collaboration of communities where every town and every settlement has something unique to offer. Ballina is different to Byron which is different to Lismore which is different to Mullumbimby. And yet they all happily coexist in the same lifestyle pot. Perhaps this is why entrepreneurs in search of lifestyle tend to find themselves somewhere, anywhere, within the Northern Rivers region.
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