Life-changing moment: why Lisa Curry is giving up her mountain retreat

Celebrity couple Lisa Curry and Mark Tabone have revealed why they’re reluctantly leaving their beloved backcountry retreat and wellness retreat.

The three-time Olympic swimmer, entrepreneur and grandmother and her entertainer husband bought the picturesque 26-acre former horse property in Crohamhurst in 2017.

They had a business vision for their mountain hideaway, just 10 minutes from the shops of Beerwah, Landsborough and Maleny, and 20 minutes from the Bruce Highway.

Not only have they created a wellness and fitness retreat and wedding and event venue from scratch, they have also welcomed the privacy of the personal retreat that lies in the valley between Peachester and Maleny on the Blackall Range.

And it was a godsend after recent family tragedies.

Lisa Curry with baby Morgan and Jaimi for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

Our shared hearts went out to Lisa, former husband Grant Kenny and their adult children Morgan and Jett after beloved eldest daughter Jaimi passed away in 2020. She had spent much of her 33 years battling mental illness and related ailments.

Just 18 months later, Lisa’s mother Pat died at the age of 86 at a retirement home on the Sunshine Coast.

The devastating grief of losing her two “bricks” in such a short time finally brought Lisa to clear minds about the importance of being closer to family, the preciousness of life, and the need to fulfill dreams and goals today.

“It’s only when you lose family that you realize more than anything that life is short, so it’s important to live well with the people you love most,” she said.

Lisa and Mark during their retreat in Crohamhurst. Photo: Paul Williams, Top Snap, Sunshine Coast

Lisa co-owns and runs her company Happy Healthy You – an online business that provides natural supplements and education to help with women’s health and wellness issues, and Mark travels most weekends for his entertainment appearances.

In addition to their busy work lives, the couple welcomed grandchild number three in 2022 after Morgan gave birth to her third son last month.

Lisa loves babysitting a few times a week.

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So while they’ve shared countless happy memories in Crohamhurst (Mark threw a surprise party at home for Lisa, who turned 60 on May 15), they want to make every moment count with family, including Mark’s daughter from Montville, one of his four grown children.

Lisa trades her tree swap for a sea swap. Photo: Paul Williams, Top Snap, Sunshine Coast

They will bid farewell to the modern, refurbished, four-bedroom, two-bath, Queenslander-style home with a saltwater pool and commit to starting the rest of their lives as soon as possible.

The estate will be sold as part of an interest campaign run by agents Darren and Jenny Rix, from The Property League

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“I swam and trained for the first 30 years of my life,” says Lisa.

“The next 30 years were spent starting a family and working, and now this is the start of my next 30 years of my life, so I think it’s time for Lisa and Mark to enjoy life together.

“Between 60 and 75, it’s a bit like the past few years. You have to be active and start doing things – and hopefully 75 will turn into 85 or 95.

The cozy interior of the peaceful hinterland house. Photo: Paul Williams, Top Snap, Sunshine Coast

“For a couple like us, who have worked all our lives, we talked about what we want to do for the rest of our lives. It includes travelling, taking care of ourselves and self-care so that we can stay active and adventurous… being a fun grandma requires that!

“You have to make those decisions and be realistic about those decisions.

“This is a wonderful place to either work as a company, or a wonderful place to retire, or just be in nature, have land around you and just tinker with your passions.

“Whoever buys this place will be very happy.”

But as the interest campaign to sell the property from June 27 looms large and they prepare to leave the mountains behind for a property closer to the sea, the bittersweet feelings remain.

“In the mornings, with the birds, it’s just beautiful,” says Lisa.

“There are so many great things about this property.

Rest now: the view from the veranda. Photo: Paul Williams, Top Snap, Sunshine Coast

“When we sit here and look out over nature, you can’t imagine being anywhere else.

“Everything is so close and yet you are in peace in nature. There is no noise, there is a clear sky, there are a million stars.

Mark admits the couple is “still attached to the property and even the name”.

“The name of the property is a combination of our names, namely ‘Mali’ – Mark and Lisa.

“We have been here for five years now and it has been Lisa’s dream to have a retreat space.

“We kind of reached the dream and since the tragedy in her family with the loss of Jaimi…I think the priorities have changed.”

The idyllic swimming pool environment.

Together, the couple has been scaling up and repurposing existing facilities over the past five years with:

  • a large banquet hall with veranda and ample parking suitable for rustic-chic weddings, corporate events and parties
  • a fully functioning gym with outdoor shower
  • amenities block with four toilets and showers
  • glamping area with fire pit, outdoor kitchen, pizza oven and barbecue
  • a “man’s den” with Mark’s classic cars and memorabilia collection from the 50’s – 70’s, and big enough for an RV, boat or 10 or more cars
  • a tree house with swing and sandbox
  • an amphitheater that can turn into an open-air cinema.

Lisa and Mark brought their business vision to reality on the ground.

It is also allowed to set up glamping tents on the property.

“We’ve done everything necessary here, including all the council permits needed to host weddings and events, so it’s all ready to go,” says Mark.

“There are so many pockets here that are really enjoyable retreat spaces.

“We built a meditation circle by the creek and a nature walk of about 1.5 km.

“The old horse arena is the glamping space with a central fireplace, so everyone gathers at night and sits around the fire under the million stars.”

And then there are the views – up to the Blackall Range and down to the treeline following the main stream of the creek.

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The fully functioning gym on site.

While so many improvements have already been made, Lisa and Mark think their 26 ha (64 acres) will be in demand as a blank canvas for someone to take full advantage of what they’ve started, but also to make their own mark.

“The Sunshine Coast hinterland is a major destination for weddings,” says Lisa.

“What we offer is a rustic, vintage, natural setting, where people can get married and not even have to go anywhere for photos because there are so many beautiful locations.

“We didn’t take full advantage of the opportunity because we’re so busy in our other work lives.

“But for someone who has the dream or goal of hosting weddings and retreats or even renting them out to other people leading retreats, it’s ideal.”

The hunt has now begun to find their next semi-rural/rural area closer to the coast – and their all-important relatives.

“It is very important for us to have some land for our puppy (Mali, a kelpie) and also for the grandchildren,” Lisa says.

Darren and Jenny Rix, from The Property Leaguewill sell the property from June 27 as part of an interest campaign. For information, contact him on 0416 188 259 or email darren@thepropertyleague.com.au

CROHAMHURST LIFE IN PHOTOS

Photos: Paul Williams, Top Snap, Sunshine Coast

Lisa and Mark at Mali’s house.


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