Late professor’s private rainforest retreat pitched as ‘concert venue’

Eaglemont Estate in Springbrook is going to auction
The family of the late Professor John Corbett has launched a fresh push to sell his treasured Gold Coast Hinterland estate following the death of the respected neurologist in 2023.
Known as Eaglemont Estate, the Springbrook property was developed over 20 years by Prof Corbett and his wife, Lorraine, and has three separate dwellings set amid spectacular botanical gardens complete with a hedge maze and helicopter landing pad.
The 63.17ha Springbrook property is listed for auction on February 10 with Chris Gilmour, of All Properties Group.
The Corbetts have owned the property for more than 20 years
While the elevated estate at 17 Lyrebird Ridge Rd has only ever served as a private retreat for the owners, it has been advertised for its commercial potential.
A buyer could pursue “endless business opportunities”, including a “wedding venue, nursery, concert venue, Air BNB, vineyard, eco-tourism [or] shop”, according to the listing.
Eaglemont Estate has been on the market with different agents twice since 2021, but the current auction campaign marks “a poignant moment for the Corbett family” following Prof Corbett’s death in April last year, aged 82.
The grounds have been transformed into spectacular botanical gardens
Inside the main residence
“Eaglemont is more than just a property; it’s a testament to a decades-long labor of love, a passion project that Prof Corbett dedicated himself to, blending the best of Australian agriculture with meticulous land preservation,” Mr Gilmour said.
“This extraordinary property is not just a piece of paradise where tourism is encouraged by council, it’s a canvas for entrepreneurial ventures — a place where your vision can take root and flourish.”
The estate’s main house has four bedrooms and three bathrooms with formal lounge and dining areas and features including Venetian chandeliers hung from soaring ceilings, parquetry floors, underfloor heating, and two fireplaces.
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Outside is a heated magnesium pool and tennis court, while two other residences include a three-bedroom guest cottage with a bunk house on the lower level and a two-bedroom worker’s flat, currently home to employees including two horticulturalists, a chef and maintenance worker.
There’s also a thriving covered nursery, tree farm and commercial spring water bore, along with luxury finishes and an Italian pizza oven.
The late Professor John Corbett
Prof Corbett pioneered sleep medicine in Australia, establishing Snore Australia on the Gold Coast and overseeing its expansion to more than 30 centres.
He treated more than 200,000 patients over three decades before retiring in 2021, aged 81.
The Brisbane-born practitioner was a Rhodes Scholar who completded his PhD in neurophysiology at the University of Oxford before returning to Australia in 1974 to take on a senior role at the Royal Brisbane Hospital.
Prof Corbett was diagnosed with terminal progressive supranuclear palsy in 2021. He was survived by wife Lorraine, daughter Vanessa, son-in-law Sean, and grandchildren Brooke and Harrison.
Property records show the estate, which is split across five separate titles, last changed hands in June 2000 when it was purchased by the Corbetts for $500,000.
Full-size tennis court
Heated magnesium pool

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