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World-class equestrian retreat goes under the hammer




World-class equestrian retreat goes under the hammer


Former Ladbrokes CEO and Managing Director of Neds, Dean Shannon is selling what would have to be one of Australia’s finest horse properties — Montana Park — which will go to auction in Maleny on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast on 29 July.


Being only the second owner and having enjoyed the property for a number of years, Shannon is ready to farewell the 42.23 hectare luxury property that is perfectly set up for a range of equestrian pursuits.


Listing agent Lew Pottinger from Ray White Buderim said the property had already piqued the interest of a number of buyers looking to combine the benefits of rural living with all the Sunshine Coast has to offer.





“It’s rather unique to find a luxury property such as this, in one of Australia’s most popular tourism destinations and high growth regions — Montana Park offers the ultimate rural lifestyle, while still being within easy reach of the spectacular Sunshine Coast beaches and vibrant hotspots,” Mr Pottinger said.


The property boasts a commanding luxurious homestead, a stable complex including an instructor’s suite and three-bedroom guest’s living quarters as well as a separate four-bedroom manager’s residence.  


The equestrian complex also includes two Olympic dressage or show-jumping arenas — one of which is under cover with lights —12 extra-large stables, tack rooms, a six-horse walker and 45 individual paddocks, while the eight mega-litre dam virtually drought-proofs the property. The appeal of the property is enhanced by the solid post and rail fencing used extensively to frame the individual paddocks and the property’s entirety.


“This world-class property is perfect not just for the horse enthusiast, but for the business person looking to fulfil a lifelong passion for almost any equestrian discipline,” Mr Pottinger said.


 “It has everything a breeder or trainer would require and for those who are passionate about dressage or show jumping, the facilities are first class and also allow for camps and teaching clinics.”


 “The impressive homestead has a media room, commercial-grade kitchen with large walk-in pantry, gymnasium, fireplace and resort-style swimming pool.  While currently being used as a four-bedroom home, Montana Park has been cleverly designed with flexibility in mind and could easily accommodate six large bedrooms in a variety of configurations.”





“The Versace-inspired master bedroom and retreat incorporates five-star luxury with his and hers ensuites, a steam and massage room and opulent dressing rooms. An elegant, private lounge offers one of the most spectacular views in the house from the deck overlooking the meticulously maintained paddocks and lush rolling hinterland hills.”  





Five minutes away from Montana Park is the picturesque, hinterland community of Maleny which has embraced the café and micro-brewery culture, resulting in a thriving town that is attracting entrepreneurs from all over the world.


“This really is a location that has it all.  From the quaint township on your doorstep crammed with fresh food producers and good coffees, to world-class dining options like The Long Apron at Spicers Clovelly or The Tamarind.  Add to that the pristine beaches, surf breaks, tourism hotspots like Mooloolaba and Noosa on the coast and easy access to one of Queensland’s premier racecourses Corbould Park, you don’t really get much better.”  


“With Brisbane an hour to the south and the Sunshine Coast airport — which will offer international flights in 2020 — 40 minutes north, you can now work interstate but enjoy the lifestyle only found on the beautiful Sunshine Coast.” 


The property was originally a dairy farm before being bought by the Courtice family in 2006 for horses to spell, train, prepare and foal. They built the impressive homestead and an impressive range of equestrian facilities before selling to Mr Shannon in 2010.


Extensive renovations were then undertaken with the residence doubling in size to over 1,800sqm, the addition of a roof over one of the Olympic arenas and considerable improvements including adding bitumen and landscaping, upgrading all the hydraulics and improving all staff and guest accommodation. 


Mr Shannon and his wife bred and raised many horses on the property as well as spelling their own race horses, and have developed Montana Park to cater for a broad range of equestrian pursuits. 


Montana Park will go to auction onsite at 11am on Sunday, 29 July. 


For more information please visit:




or call Ray White Buderim’s Lew Pottinger on 0419 788 547 or Judy Wild on 0419 798 905.



Media contact:  Maya Gurry, Fresh PR & Marketing

m: 0401 109 102

e: maya@freshprm.com.au


 Further property details:



Montana Park

236 Mountain View Road 

Maleny QLD 4552 


Details: Main Homestead


  • Magnificent 1,804 square metre luxury homestead set in 104 lush acres of rolling hills.
  • Spacious bedrooms all with impressive views of the property and eight-and-a-half bathrooms, with the luxurious master suite featuring his and hers bathrooms, walk-in robes, massage room, steam room and lounge retreat.
  • Stunning views from a sunken lounge with soaring timber ceilings and complete with double-sided fireplace and built-in bar.
  • Commercial grade kitchen with premium fixtures and fittings, granite benches and a large pantry.
  • Media centre or board room on the upper level with Feng Shui elements featuring cocktail bar, waiting room, ensuite and two extensive balconies with stunning views over the property.
  • Fully equipped home cinema and professional standard gymnasium with surround sound, overlooking a resort-style, in-ground pool.
  • Gated entrance, circular driveway with water feature and lock-up garage for four vehicles.


State-of-the-art Equestrian Complex

  • Four-bedroom instructor’s/guests’ apartment integrated with stables including two bathrooms, two kitchens and communal eating and entertainment areas.
  • Covered Olympic dressage or show-jumping arena with lighting and integrated sound system.
  • Open Olympic dressage or show-jumping sand arena.
  • Instructor’s amphitheatre with audio.
  • A six-horse walker, 1,200 hay bale storage, tack room, feed room, grain silos, wash bay and rug room.
  • Cattle yards, vet crush, horse scales and loading ramp.
  • Float parking for gooseneck.
  • Two four-bay machinery sheds.
  •  Eight mega-litre dam equipped with electric pump to supply 90mm underground mains to all points on the property.


 Manager’s residence

  • Four-bedroom cottage with generous verandas to enjoy the breathtaking views over the dam and paddocks towards the main homestead.
  • Three-bay garage.
  • Separate driveway entrance on Mountain View Road.




Onsite at 11am, Sunday 29 July



By appointment


Ray White Buderim

Lew Pottinger:  0419 788 547   lew.pottinger@raywhite.com

Judy Wild:  0419 798 905  judy.wild@raywhite.com

Nathan Nicholl:  0403 817 384 nathan.nicholl@raywhite.com





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