The owners of the iconic Binna Burra Lodge have vowed to rebuild after it was completely destroyed by the ferocious bushfires in the Hinterland.
The lodge, which stood since the 1930s was gutted by fire while the rest of the site has been extensively damaged.
Staff and guests were evacuated on Friday as the fire quickly approached.
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It was only today that the extent of the damage became clear.
Binna Burra Lodge Chairman Steve Noakes says it’s a very sad day for everyone.
“This is a shocking event that’s occurred to an iconic Queensland tourism business, ” Mr Noakes said,
“The company’s been going for 86 years and lots of people in the Gold Coast area, Queensland, Australia and around the world would have enjoyed this special part of the Lamington National Park.
“It hurts, it’s hurts many people of different generations, we all feel the pain.”
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It’s still not clear exactly how badly damaged the entire site is with road access still blocked.
Owners have been forced to rely on aerial photographs to determine the extent.
“Our more contemporary style building, we called the Sky Lodge, is 30 per cent damaged, possibly more because we can’t do an on-the-ground visual assessment”, Mr Noakses said.
“Our heritage listed lodges, the cabins which people would know about, they’ve basically been destroyed.
“Our central dining, kitchen, area, library, reception – that’s been totally destroyed.”
Image: 7 News”Basically, the only thing we have left, we think, is what we call the pottery shed and our camping ground and we have a tea house at the trail heads to the national park. ”
Mr Noakes says they could still have been more damage and won’t know for sure until they’re able to get access to the site which could be a couple of days.
Fire Chiefs have revealed the difficulty in trying to save the historic lodge.
Despite the significant resources on hand in the Hinterland, access to the site was impeded by fallen trees and rocks.
“We had firefighters on location at 3am but couldn’t take appliances in as there were massive trees blocking the roads,’ QFES Assistant Commissioner Kevin Walsh told reporters.
“Fire was traversing in their direction and they had to exit and at first light had to order choppers.”
Binna Burra Lodge. Image: © Alexander Jung / Shutterstock.comMr Noakes says the whole community is still trying to take in the impact of the fires over the last few days.
“When your neighbourhood gets burnt down, and you see what they’ve gone through, it’s a devastating impact and it generates a range of emotions, and it’s difficult for everyone to go through this.”
Mr Noakes says everyone is determined to see the site rebuilt.
“The board and the shareholders and those that know and love Binna Burra dearly can rest assured that we will build something again on this magnificent location inside Lamington National Park.”