Boreen Point trip, 22nd June 2008

Posted by Greg on Sun 6-Jul-2008

Apollonian Hotel, Boreen PointOn a typically glorious Queensland winter’s day, five club members and their families met at the BP Roadhouse at Burpengary for the trip to Boreen Point on Lake Cootharaba. There had been a couple of late cancellations due to unforeseen circumstances, but those who attended were looking forward to the day’s activities. We were pleased to welcome new members Keith and Sandra in their brand-new Prius. We headed north in convoy about 10.30am via the Sunshine Motorway. We diverted at Coolum so that we could enjoy the ocean views along the coastal route from Coolum to Noosa, then tracked inland along the shores of the Noosa River to Tewantin. Unfortunately the markets at the Tewantin Marina were quite crowded, so we parked near the town square where we met up with Rory, another club member who is lucky enough to live in the area. It was getting close to lunchtime, and even though Ian was in need of a caffeine hit we proceeded about another 20 minutes north to the Apollonian Hotel at Boreen Point.

Spit roast at the ApollonianBuilt of hoop pine and cedar in 1868, with 12 foot verandahs and 14 foot ceilings, the old hotel is a unique example of 19th century Queensland architecture and retains a concert hall with original cedar windows and doors. The hotel was originally built in the Gympie goldfields but was dismantled and moved to Boreen Point in 1987.

The spit roast lunch was obviously very popular, since it had been fully booked. Our table was in the outdoor beer garden, and was in a typical bush-style setting where Ian finally was able to enjoy his morning coffee. We were quite close to the BBQ shed where the aromas emanating from the spit roast over hot coals were quite mouth-watering. We joined the queue for the lunch serving and everyone was quite satisfied with the portions and the variety of accompaniments on offer – very good value at $15 per head. Wine and other beverages were available of course to make for a happy and convivial lunch.

Club members at lunch at the ApollonianAbout 2.30pm we all drove a few hundred metres down to the lakefront and spent about half an hour enjoying the vistas across the shallow lake to the ocean sandhills. Boreen Point is quiet and somewhat isolated from the bustle of Noosa, but real estate prices in the area are apparently booming. Eventually we decided to call it a day and head back to Brisbane via Pomona. Fortunately the traffic was relatively light for a Sunday afternoon, apart from the usual holdups at the roadworks near Caboolture.

Lake Cootharaba