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Killcare Heights Tuscan style estate once owned by Oskar Speck

The Advertiser 2019-03-12 05:20:02

Oskar Speck House, 21 The Scenic Road, Killcare Heights.

Built into the hilltop with vibrant flora spilling from every crevasse, this ruggedly beautiful Tuscan-style estate with 180 degree views of the Pacific Ocean and Brisbane Waters is steeped with history.

Oskars is a rare property and one of Killcare’s most iconic, having once been owned by German adventurer Oskar Speck, an incredible man who is famous for having kayaked all the way from Germany to Australia in the 1930s.

For sale with Lea Turner and Jeremy Martin of Ray White Killcare, the estate at 21 The Scenic Rd is ideally positioned to capture year-round sunlight and the most spectacular sunsets. It has a price guide of $4 million.


The Tuscan-style estate is filled with history.


The property has a unique warmth that sets it apart from most contemporary homes.

Oskar Speck was a Hamburg electrical contractor made unemployed during the Weimar-period Depression.

After leaving Germany to seek work in the Cypriot copper mines, he changed his plan and decided to journey to Australia to “see the world”.

Speck experienced a huge amount of hardship during his voyage, having been shot at, robbed, hailed as a god and accused of being a Nazi spy.

Travelling a whopping 14,000 miles, his treacherous journey through the Middle East, India, and Southeast Asia took seven and a half years to complete.

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Speck lunching at the original Killcare Heights cottage.


Oskar Speck and unidentified villagers in New Guinea in 1939. Reproduced courtesy Australian National Museum Picture: SUPPLIED

He arrived in Australia only to be arrested as a prisoner of war.

Speck later worked as an opalcutter at Lightning Ridge before moving to Sydney to establish a successful career as an opal merchant.

Once he was established he could have settled anywhere, but chose to buy the entire side of a mountain at Killcare Heights on the Central Coast, where he operated his opal factory from the neighbouring block, which was later subdivided.

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Now that is what you call an infinity edge pool.


The landscaped gardens have a magical quality.

It is the balance of Oskar’s that demonstrates why Killcare has been the destination to so many journeys and the end of so many searches; a place that embraces the rugged formations of its surroundings while offering a refined and stylish base to escape the city.

To be there invokes a sense of being in nature, with winding paths and landscaped gardens leading down towards the picturesque Hardy’s Bay.

“The gardens are about 50 years old and so beautifully unique, you feel like you could be walking through Italy,” agent Jeremy Martin from Ray White Killcare said.

The house flows over two wings including a newly renovated self-contained garden downstairs apartment.

The main wing contains the main living room and terrace, brand new kitchen with European appliances and butler’s pantry.

A light-filled atrium connects the two wings and the south wing, which was Speck’s original hand built cottage, includes a lounge room with gas fireplace, kitchenette and a charming upstairs attic bedroom.

No. 21 The Scenic Rd is for sale via expressions of interest, closing 30 April 2019.