Binna Burra is back
Scenic Rim icon reopens a year on from devastating bushfires
Gold Coast hinterland icon Binna Burra Lodge, Beechmont, has reopened to visitors after bushfires destroyed the historic tourism business and surrounding communities.
To mark the occasion, the lodge opened the Binna Burra Bushfire Gallery on the one-year anniversary of the bushfire that destroyed most of the lodge’s heritage-listed buildings.
Binna Burra Lodge Chairman Steve Noakes said the anniversary was emotional for Beechmont locals and the resort’s staff.
“It’s a time when thoughts and feelings about devastating wildfires are reactivated and many of us feel emotions more intensely than usual,” Mr Noakes said.
“Our Bushfire Gallery is designed to be part of the healing process as individuals find their own ways of coping with the memories.”
During the 12-month closure, significant repairs were made to the Sky Lodges and Binna Burra road.
The resort welcomed its first guests on 1 September to the Sky Lodges and Grooms Cottage, with plans to reopen camp sites and Lamington Tea House on 14 September.
Many Lamington National Park walking tracks in the area have also reopened.
The Bushfire Gallery will provide education on the 2019 bushfires, bushfire management, safety and commemorate the community volunteers who were essential to the disaster response and recovery.
It will initially be located at the Barn, one of the remaining heritage buildings which sustained minor damage during the bushfires.
The Barn has retained its pre-bushfire gable roof and a skillion-roofed west veranda, which shows scars from the bushfires.
Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christianson welcomed the new chapter in the resort’s history.
“One year on from the bushfires which devastated Binna Burra Lodge, we also look to the future with hope and optimism, as we carry on the legacy of its co-founders, Arthur Groom and Romeo Lahey’s shared vision of creating a place where people could stay and experience the beauty of Lamington National Park rainforest,” Cr Christianson said.
“Once again, sharing the wonder of nature with people who visit the Scenic Rim.”