Lune de Sang is a 113 hectare registered cabinet timber plantation located in the Hinterland of Byron Bay, some 25 kilometres due west of Australia's easternmost point.
Lune de Sang is located within what is known as the Big Scrub, which was once a subtropical lowland rainforest covering approximately 90,000 hectares. The Big Scrub area is associated with the Mount Warning Volcanics and is generally bounded by Ballina in the south, Lismore and Dunoon in the west, Byron Bay in the north and east to the edge of the coastal plain. The area has been commercially exploited since the 1840’s by first, the timber and then the dairy industries. Now, only around 300 hectares of its original rainforest exists as isolated remnants.
The Big Scrub area is blessed with perfect tree growing conditions; thick basaltic soil, rainfall of over 2,000 mm/yr, significant extended periods of sunshine and a mild, largely frost-free climate.
Since the early 1900's, Lune de Sang formed the heart of a relatively large dairy farm and piggery owned by the King family. Over the past 50 years, with the gradual decline of butter prices, the local dairy industry became uneconomic and the King property was subdivided and sold. Over time, these tracts were generally neglected and as a result, they became overgrown and weed infested.
Andy and Deirdre Plummer acquired the first of the Lune de Sang properties in 2007. Since then, a further 6 properties have been purchased. The plantation was started in 2008. It contains some 50 species of valuable and important trees which are endemic to the Big Scrub; species such as Red Cedar, White Booyong, Silver Ash, Teak, Rosewood and Quandong.
The plantation is designed to be a long-term, sustainable operation that will function over many years. In other words, as mature trees are harvested, new trees are planted. Approximately 100,000 trees have been planted thus far and a further 40,000 trees will be planted over the next 3 years. Wood that has been harvested from these trees will eventually be used to make fine furniture, flooring and panelling. As well as the plantation itself, significant riparian rehabilitation and maintenance has been done on around 2.5 kilometres of stream frontage.
With 4 married children and 9 grandchildren, Lune de Sang also serves as a retreat for family and friends. Over the past 10 years, a complex of dwellings and farm buildings have been designed and built to accommodate the needs of both the business and the family. Three of the Lune de Sang buildings are core to the complex, Shed 1, Shed 2 and The Pavilion. Three ancillary buildings; the Stone House, the Yellow House and the Cabin, provide accommodation.