“WE’RE goin’ to Bonnie Doon”. It’s slightly bigger and much more modern than the holiday home made famous in Australian cult classic The Castle but this Gold Coast property promises the same sense of serenity.
Owners Toni and Chris Kennedy proudly display a sign that reads “Bonnie Doon” at the entrance to their Macadie Way home.
It’s a nod to the 1997 Australian comedy-drama about the Kerrigan family’s fight to save their home from the compulsory acquisition of developers who wanted to expand the neighbouring airport.
The family also had a holiday house in Bonnie Doon, Victoria, where they regularly went to enjoy the “serenity”.
“How’s the serenity,” Darryl Kerrigan, played by Michael Caton, famously said in the movie.
Mrs Kennedy said Bonnie Doon was where the family went to “be really happy”, and their beloved Merrimac home made them feel the same.
“It was all about the serenity – that’s what this place is,” Mrs Kennedy said.
“That’s our Bonnie Doon.”
After more than a decade living on the 3.42ha property, the couple have decided to sell it so they can move closer to the water.
It is listed on the market with a $2.895 million asking price.
Mrs Kennedy said they bought it because her husband wanted space at home for his horses.
Over the years, they have chipped away at renovating the three-bedroom, two bathroom house, which even has a “pool room”.
“It was over 10 years, we just did bits and pieces as we could afford it,” Mrs Kennedy said.
It is much more modern than the film’s holiday home but Mrs Kennedy said it was still a family home.