Famous Queensland venue unable to buck impacts of coronavirus

Central Queensland hotel's doors to stay closed.

A popular central Queensland hotel has fallen victim to the impacts of COVID-19.

Rockhampton’s Great Western Hotel has been closed by owners Colin and Vickie Bowden who apologised to “our locals” for making the hard decision.

“Due to COVID-19, the Great Western Hotel will not be reopening,” the couple posted on their Facebook page.

“The Great Western Hotel is an iconic local tourist destination which is heavily dependent on overseas and interstate visitors.

“The social distancing restrictions, border closures and travel restrictions have had a major impact on the hotel.”

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Uncertainty over when rodeos and music events, which were regularly hosted by the hotel, also contributed to the decision.

The owners hoped the Great Western Hotel, which was established in 1862, would on reopen in the future and invited expressions of interest to potential buyers or lessees of the pub.

Capricorn Enterprise CEO Mary Carroll was also hopeful the hotel could be resurrected.

“The Great Western Hotel is an iconic local hotel which has been a key component of the beef capital for decades, featured in numerous tourism publications, travel shows, blogs and live crosses from popular breakfast shows and a must-see for interstate and international visitors,” Ms Carroll said.

“We are truly saddened to see the doors close on this iconic tourism operator, which is our region’s first COVID casualty and a big one at that.”

“Hopefully, we will see the historic landmark purchased, leased and operational in the not too distant future.