Mossman | 23 Karnak Road, Whyanbeel


Welcome to this most unique of properties nestled in the foothills of the Daintree National Park World Heritage site on 31.9 hectares (79 acres). This amazing thespian dream of ‘a theatre in the rainforest’ was brought to life in the 90’s by Australian actress, Diane Cilento.

This is a rare opportunity for you to create something special, or continue the dream, whilst earning income from multiple residences on site. There is huge potential only limited by your imagination. This is a VERY special location which could be an Events & Functions and tourism destination in the rainforest….or a private haven in a pristine location.

“Karnak” (an Egyptian name for the buildings that comprised ancient Thebes) – comprises of an open air theatre (complete with covered stage and bar and function area) – ‘The Karnak Playhouse’ and three separate houses, all set by a scenic lake. The idea was to house visiting actors and playwrights so that they could immerse themselves in their craft. The theatre could also be used as an outside cinema and every July there was a festival for the performing arts that had visitors performing for its three week duration.

The Karnak Playhouse wasn’t just a ‘fad’. It was affiliated with James Cook University and Australia’s most prestigious playwright, David Williamson with other literary and theatrical heavyweights behind (Anthony Shaffer and Michael Gow). It was supported by the Qld Events Corporation. The Karnak Playhouse was well renowned globally and was visited by Bill and Hilary Clinton and other international leaders and celebrities as the fame of this amazing theatre spread around the world. It was a big drawcard in the 90’s (built in 1992) for people visiting the region.

So you will be buying into a real piece of history, not only locally but theatrically, and the potential to tread the boards with your own footsteps.

ALL Genuine enquiries must be in writing with contact details provided.

Current income from rentals = $1200 per week
Potential other income -private functions/outdoor cinema/entertainment venue

31.09 ha of flat land including 4 dwellings (3 occupied with reliable tenants)
Natural freshwater spring fed lake – cool and refreshing
Surrounded by the Daintree Rainforest World Heritage site
Borders High Falls Creek
Established fruit trees on the open land areas.


2 Beds, 1 Bath
This property is rustic charm personified! With polished stone floors, original casement wall to wall windows (allowing all the breezes in). Two sides of the property have a large undercover outdoor verandah area with french doors to the welcoming kitchen. A large stone fireplace/BBQ. There is an undercover carport.

3 Bed, 2 Bath
This 3-4 Bed Queenslander comes with all charming original features, but also boasts a massive new modern bathroom area complete with spa bath, toilet and bidet and newly tiled. A large workshop area also lends itself to being an office. An expansive timber deck wraps around two sides of the house, ideal for outside entertaining and tropical living.

3 Bedrooms, 1 bathroom
You’ll feel like you are on a film set in this massive elegant Queenslander homestead. The expansive timber verandah wraps stylishly 360 degrees around the property. With each room opening onto the verandah you truly get a sense of the inside/outside living in tropical Queensland with the verandah catching the breeze. There’s a spacious kitchen with a large butler’s pantry.

1 Bed, 1 Bath, Laundry
Rustic stone floors throughout this enormous1 bedroom apartment on the ground floor. With an expansive bedroom area, living area and separate laundry.

Location is premium in this residence! It is built in an elevated position to overlook the Karnak main theatre area and its rainforest surrounds. It overlooks the lake and is only a few steps away from a cooling swim or a kayak/canoe paddle. The Castle was magnificent and has the chance to be so again. With some tender loving care this amazing residence could claim back its former glory.

The moment you enter you’ll see why it’s named. High Cathedral ceilings give the feeling of a massive banquet area, complete with large wooden double doors and stunning stained glass windows. A staircase leads to the first floor where there is another palatial living/partying/bedroom area with it’s own verandah.


Built in 1992, it used technical advancements to ensure that it was an acoustically superb amphitheatre. With open air, tiered seating it created the perfect experience for performances in the tropics. The Playhouse is accessed by a dramatic grand staircase that leads visitors to the first floor where there is an expansive undercover area. Magnificent contemporary stained glass windows are a centrepeice, filtering lovely light through the coloured glass. There is a timber bar, cool room, and a bank of fridges. There is also a commercial kitchen. Certainly the perfect spot for a function – and the pre-entertainment drinks. Downstairs are the dressing rooms and the toilets. These facilities are not currently operational and would require considerable renovation.

This is an amazing property, with so much potential! This property is on one title and cannot be divided.

For further information on this once in a lifetime opportunity please contact Nicole Dwyer by email on

ALL Genuine enquiries must be in writing with contact details provided.