Clive Palmer’s previously dumped car museum gets the green light – somewhere else


The Somerset region will be home to Australia’s biggest car museum, after the council approved a development application by controversial businessman Clive Palmer.

The former politician in June abandoned plans to build a huge vintage car and motorcycle museum on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, withdrawing his planning application to transform his Palmer Coolum Resort at the 11th hour before councillors were due to vote, amid community backlash.

However, on Wednesday, Somerset Regional Council approved the billionaire car-enthusiast’s museum on West Road, Patrick Estate, just south of Lake Wivenhoe, a 1½-hour drive west of Brisbane.

Clive Palmer at the Palmer Coolum Resort with a car from his vast collection.

Clive Palmer at the Palmer Coolum Resort with a car from his vast collection.Credit: Glenn Hunt

The Patrick Estate Museum proposal includes 928 car display bays, 278 motorcycles, 10 short-term accommodation units, caretaker’s dwelling, food kiosk, cafe, gift shop and workshop.

That would make it Australia’s largest car museum, eclipsing the National Motor Museum in Birdwood, South Australia, which houses almost 300 cars.

The plan includes 11 museum buildings, with the gross floor area for each building about the size of a full line supermarket.

The proposed site plan for the Patrick Estate Car Museum, Clive Palmer’s latest project, which has been approved by the Somerset Regional Council.

The proposed site plan for the Patrick Estate Car Museum, Clive Palmer’s latest project, which has been approved by the Somerset Regional Council.

A report presented to the council said the museum would display “prized cars such as Princess Margaret’s and Louis Mountbatten’s Rolls-Royce”, and turn over $9 million annually in revenue.

A traffic impact assessment report shows an open-air car parking area with 360 spaces for cars and bus parking, with 100,000 visitors a year expected to visit the seven-day museum.



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