Domestic Travel

Courtney Allan

That’s a wrap! Olivia Newton-John hands over the keys to her beloved Aussie home of 40 years

Olivia Newton-John, cancer survivor and Grease star, has sold her retreat of 40 years in the Byron Bay hinterland to an unknown buyer. She has had the 136-acre property on the market for 5 months, and it is unknown how much the property went for after it was listed for more than $5 million.

Newton-John bought the home back in 1981 for $622,000 as a country escape as her fame rose to new heights after the musical success of her song Physical and the 1978 box office hit that was Grease.

The home includes a pasture, creek, two dams as well as a rainforest of more than 10,000 planted trees.

When it was listed in February this year, Newton-John’s purchase of the property almost 40 years ago had been about “having a peaceful base that was completely private [and] that was true to who she is: the animal lover and the environmentalist”, according to Domain.

The original cottage was rebuilt in 2002 into a French-inspired country house with stone arches and vintage timber doors. There is also a country kitchen and a self-contained guest retreat, as well as a pond and a tennis court.

“The expansive view from the farm is breathtaking and captured my heart all those years ago,” Newton-John told Domain when it was listed. 

“The 136-plus acres gives total privacy with peaceful, calming energy.”

The home has four bedrooms and three bathrooms.

Jillian McGrath, who is one of Newton-John’s oldest friends, was the obvious choice to sell the property as she is now selling real estate at McGrath Estate Agents. Settlement will reveal the total price of the country escape.

Scroll through the gallery above to take a tour of the peaceful home and property.