Kangaroo Valley return for Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett

Hartland has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a separate garage-studio. Inset: Peter Garrett
Hartland has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a separate garage-studio. Inset: Peter Garrett

Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett and his wife, Doris, have returned to the Shoalhaven, paying $1.2 million for a Kangaroo Valley property.

The two-hectare purchase was made two years after they sold their tree-change property in nearby Mittagong for $2.8 million.

At the time of this sale, the former environment minister and his wife swapped country life for a $2.7 million terrace they bought in Paddington in inner-eastern Sydney in 2015.

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The Tuscan-inspired house is set on two-hectares, more than half of which is rainforest.

The Tuscan-inspired house is set on two-hectares, more than half of which is rainforest.

Their Gordon Street terrace was then renovated, and sold a week ago for $5.25 million.

The Garretts are expected to buy a Sydney base, but in the meantime will live at the Kangaroo Valley property, Hartland.

The Tuscan-inspired Hartland, with three bedrooms and a separate studio/garage, was a holiday rental before it was sold by the Patrick family, and is on about 4000 square metres of landscaped gardens and natural rainforest.

Peter Garrett performing at the Wollongong Entertainment Centre in late 2017. Photo: Sylvia Liber

Peter Garrett performing at the Wollongong Entertainment Centre in late 2017. Photo: Sylvia Liber

It was listed this year by Graeme Smith, of One Agency Country Living, with a $1.25 million guide price and bought in Doris Ricono-Garrett’s name.

Garrett was the member for Kingsford Smith from 2004 until 2013 when he resigned following the return of former prime minister Kevin Rudd as Labor leader.

His move to Sydney’s eastern suburbs coincided with Midnight Oil’s reforming and world tour for much of last year.

Garrett was this year made official ambassador for the #stopadani campaign.

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