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Sugar Beach Ranch sits on 60 acres of unspoilt east coast beauty with endless deserted white sandy beaches, eagles soaring overhead, whales breaching on the doorstep and beautiful native coastal vegetation.  


Sugar Beach Ranch was the beloved home of CM Murphy, a music maverick, entrepreneur and visionary. Chris' life has been a colourful journey; being thrust into the music industry at a young age, through to his success in managing INXS to international stardom and beyond. His tenacity and vision unparalleled. Sadly, in January 2021, Chris succumbed to a rare form of cancer and passed away at his beloved Sugar Beach Ranch in South Ballina. 


The Murphy Family have decided to open

the big white gates at Sugar Beach Ranch

and share the beauty which Chris often

referred to as ‘natures playground’.

Chris and the family spent

hours riding horses on the beach,

raced pigeons, wrote books and built a

thriving egg farm as they lived their

Surfing Cowboys lifestyle. 


Permeating every element of Sugar Beach Ranch is the indelible memory of CM Murphy : entrepreneur, rock promoter, dreamer, nature’s son, surfing cowboy.

Chris Murphy


Murphy family gather to plant the memorial forest

CM Murphy exercising polo ponies at sunrise

Murphy family at CM Murphys Memorial Forest tree planting day

Chris Murphy riding polo ponies at Sunrise

CM Murphy exercising Coco at sunrise

Chris Murphy with a young foal

CM Murphy with Hibiscus who is out of Sugar Beach Ranch's Australia and Sensitivo

Beach polo at Sugar Beach Ranch

CM Murphy (right), playing beach polo at Sugar Beach Ranch

Chris Murphy practicing roping on the beach

CM Murphy riding Lamona and practicing roping on the beach

Painting of Chris Murphy and his horse Lily

A painting of CM Murphy and his super polo pony Lily at Guards Polo Club in England. Many of the Sugar Beach Ranch horses are descendents of Lily. 

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