Historic country pub saved from blaze
A MUCH-LOVED, 104-year-old , Sunshine Coast hinterland pub was saved from being razed to the ground last night thanks to the quick actions of management staff and the fire brigade.
The all-timber Kin Kin Country Life Hotel has survived tornadoes and floods that have swept through the classic structure.
Manager Linda Wagner said the top of the flu for the pot belly fire in the main bar had released tiny sparks at the point it joined the wall causing immediate concern.
"We called the fireys and with the help of staff and the bar flies we have here we go it out," she said.
"Now I just need to clean up and freshen the place up. We're open for business today.
"It's a great old pub. This is the first fire we've had. We've had tornadoes and flood waters, she's got a lot of stories to tell.
"It's a classic. I'll get her dusted up and she will be sparkling."
Ms Wagner said old country parts were disappearing.
"It was sad when the region lost the Kandanga Hotel (to fire). It was a beautiful old pub too."
Built in 1914 a decade after a road was built across the ranges to serve the timber industry.
It recalls simpler times when the classic Australian weatherboard pubs were built with wide colonial verandahs and corrugated iron roof.
Purchased by its current owner Ian Kidd in 2006 who fell in love with the joint on his first visit.
Since then its been restored to its original glory with a barn and garden added for patrons.
Photographs on the wall and historical memorabilia add to the ambience of what the owners now describe as a part pub, part museum.