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A one-bedroom riverside shack, which was owned by a local legend, has been sold for millions at auction.

The tiny cabin, at No.45 Noosa River Drive at Noosa North Shore, was purchased for $2.65m.

‘Eddie’s Shack’ was owned by the late Eddie Vaughan, who lived there for almost 30 years and was an environmental champion for the waterway.

Sales Consultant at Laguna Real Estate Warren Evans said the hut – resplendent with river and fishing paraphernalia  – and its former owner were institutions in the region.

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The property on Noosa’s north shore fronts a wide part of the Noosa River.

“It’s quite an iconic property,” Mr Evans said, before adding that he had never sold a property like it in his 47 years of experience.

“Not like this one. It’s very special, also because of the character who lived there.

“Eddie never had a car. He just had the little tinny and he used to take it to the harbour to go shopping.

“He used to clean the river of fishing lines and flotsam and lures and everything that fishing people dropped overboard.

Eddie Vaughan was at home by and on the water. Picture: Unitywater and Noosa Council.

“He lived by himself, but he wasn’t a hermit despite being secluded. Many people would have him over for dinner and drinks.”

Mr Evans was among the many locals who knew Mr Vaughan.

“I used to go across the river in my little tinny to have a drink with him at sunset,” he said.

Water utility company Unitywater labelled Mr Vaughan a ‘river champion’ and an ambassador to a photo competition in 2016.

The shack, which basically has only a few rooms, boasts plenty of charm and character but it was not the focal selling point.

The property of almost 1000sqm is in prime location.

“It’s on deep water and it’s got a beautiful view,” Mr Evans said.

“It’s only five minutes by boat to the Noosa Marina.”

Properties on the shoreline there are few and far between and highly sought after. It was purchased by a local family.

It’s believed they will relocate the shack to another property of theirs and will initially use the riverside land as a camping and picnic getaway.

Hundreds of lures adorn the cabin.

“We (Laguna) sold the house next door to his, that was built in 1913 and needed a complete renovation, for $2.75m, so Eddie’s place was worth that sort of money,” Mr Evans said.

Mr Vaughan died aged in his 90s and is survived by two sons. He was an engineer on merchant ships and in Melbourne, before moving to Noosa.

The deck opens on to a large yard and a pontoon on the river.

Auction results

11 Birubi Street, Minyama 

  • Sold under the hammer for $3.48m.
  • 4 Bed, 3 Bath, 2 Car, Pool.
  • Home Sunshine Coast, Rebecca Fletcher/Alan Riley.

553 Ilkley Road, Ilkley

  • Sold for $766,000.
  • 3 Bed, 2 Bath, 2 Car.
  • Ray White, Kathryn Willshire.

47/46 Regatta Boulevard, Wurtulla 

  • Sold prior to auction for $530,000.
  • 2 Bed, 1 Bath, 2 Car.
  • Ray White, Ryan Bradeley.

9/6 Jorl Court, Buderim

  • Sold under the hammer for $560,000.
  • 3 Bed, 2 Bath, 2 Car, Ray White.
  • Ray White, Will Van Den Dungen.

5304/5 Emporio Place, Maroochydore 

  • Sold under the hammer for $500,000.
  • 2 Bed, 1 bath, 1 Car.
  • Ray White, Niall Molloy.

33 Culla Culla Street

  • Sold immediately after auction for $1.015m.
  • 5 Bed, 3 Bath, 2 Car.
  • Ray White, Peter King.

4A Brenda Court, Mooloolah Valley

  • Sold under the hammer for $1.1m.
  • 4 Bed, 2 Bath, 5 Car.
  • Ray White, Brent Higgins.

5 Balance Place, Birtinya 

  • Sold prior to auction for $780,000.
  • 4 Bed, 2 Bath, 2 Car.
  • Ray White, Dan McNamara.

1/12 Tawarri Crescent, Mooloolaba

  • Sold for $720,000.
  • 3 Bed, 2 Bath, 1 Car.
  • Ray White, Brent Higgins.

50 Wimderere Way, Sippy Downs 

  • Under contract, price undisclosed
  • 4 Bed, 2 bath, 2 Car.
  • Ray White, Dallas Foster.

72/20 Beach Road, Maroochydore

  • Sold post auction for $1.03m.
  • 3 Bed, 2 Bath, 2 Car.
  • Ray White, Niall Molloy.

4/5 Ormonde Terrace, Kings Beach 

  • Sold under the hammer for $1.7m.
  • 3 Bed, 2 Bath, 2 Car.
  • Ray White, Natascha Drexel-Munro/Carola Drexel.

13/46 Warre Terrace, Kings Beach 

  • Sold under the hammer for $1.222m.
  • 3 Bed, 2 Bath, 2 Car.
  • Ray White, Natascha Drexel-Munro.

62 Boolagi Drive, Wurtulla 

  • Sold under the hammer for $790k.
  • 4 Bed, 2 Bath, 1 Car.
  • Ray White, Tom Garland.

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