Historic Queenslander The Australian at Gympie is up for sale, as husband and wife owners call time on their “old-style” pub.
The first Australian Hotel built on the corner of Apollonian Vale and Lady Mary Tce was in 1873, with the licence granted to one Mary Jane Catherwood. A series of licensees followed over following decades, but in mid-1917 the Hotel succumb to the fate of many old pubs when it was levelled by fire.
The licence, lease and ‘goodwill’ was purchased by J. Jerks only months later, along with the nearby Cricketer’s Arms Hotel, built in 1884 by famous local architect Hugo Durietz, which was moved to become the current Australian Hotel.
Sitting atop Caledonian Hill, the two-storey building grants sweeping views of the surrounding countryside.
‘The Aussie’ is currently owned and operated by Karen and Dan Reeves, who plan to retire from the Hotel game.
“It’s an old style country pub,” describes Karen. “It’s pretty special.”
The freehold going concern is being marketed by CBRE’s Glenn Price.
It includes single bar operation, bistro, TAB, gaming lounge with six EGM authorities, large manager’s flat, 11 accommodation rooms and drive-through bottleshop, on an elevated 1,163 m² site.
The Australian will go to auction 10am Wednesday, 9 November 2016.