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Bowen River Hotel

Collinsville

ABOUT US

The Bowen River Hotel was built in the l860s from timber and originally roofed with bark. It comprises two buildings connected by a covered walkway, and is an example of careful bush carpentry and skilled jointing fixed with wooden pegs. The complex comprises two buildings connected by a covered walkway. A verandah extends round three sides of the main building, while a small verandah opens off the main room on the northern corner of the second and smaller structure.


Both building are raised on low stumps, some of which have ant caps, and flooring laid on a rough timber frame, rather than an earthen floor. It would appear to be an early example of this technique. Horizontal slabs of split timber have been used to construct the walls and the hipped roof and skillions over the verandahs are of corrugated iron.


A post and rail fence encloses what was once the front yard of the hotel. The building sits in rural landscape with White Cedar and Burdekin Plum trees near the house and Oleanders along the front fence.

OUR HISTORY

Phillip Sommer and his partner John Harvey Pioneered the area in l862. They established a sheep and cattle run on Heidelberg, a selection of ninety five square miles taken up by James Mead in l86l but never stocked. Sommer had moved to Dotswood Station north of Charters Towers by l866 and the Bowen River Hotel was operating from his Heidelberg homestead by l865 with George Burnes as publican.


It was constructed on the supply route to Central Western Queensland which passed through the Kennedy District. Licensing information from the Port Dennison Times indicates that it was probably one of two hotels built at much the same time in the same area. An inn called the Heidelberg was built at the lower crossing place while the Bowen River Hotel was constructed higher up on top of the steep bank of the River.

Description

They are a heritage-listed hotel on Strathmore Station, approximately 34 kilometres from the mining town of Collinsville. They offer lunch and dinner seven days a week, cold drinks and a relaxed country atmosphere.

They often host live music events, their annual rodeo and have comfortable accommodation as well as camping.

The Bowen River Hotel was originally built in 1861 as a homestead, built in the 1860s from local timber.

They were named the Heidelberg Inn until 1906, and the hotel was fully restored in the late 1990's.

Double Bed - Shared Bathroom - Free Hot Breakfast!

Room Configuration: Hotel Room (combined bedroom living room)
Max Guests: 2

Room Configuration: Hotel Room (combined bedroom living room)
Max Guests: 2

Take a step back in time - The Bowen River Hotel was built in the l860s. Your double bed room with shared bathroom includes hot breakfast

Double Bed - Ensuite - Free Hot Breakfast!

Room Configuration: Hotel Room (combined bedroom living room)
Max Guests: 2

Room Configuration: Hotel Room (combined bedroom living room)
Max Guests: 2

Take a step back in time - The Bowen River Hotel was built in the l860s. Your double bed room with ensuite includes hot breakfast

Double Bed with Top Bunk Ensuite - Free Hot Breakfast!

Room Configuration: Hotel Room (combined bedroom living room)
Max Guests: 3

Room Configuration: Hotel Room (combined bedroom living room)
Max Guests: 3

Take a step back in time - The Bowen River Hotel was built in the l860s. Your double bed room with a top bunk and ensuite includes hot breakfast

Single Bed - Shared Bathroom - Free Hot Breakfast!

Room Configuration: Hotel Room (combined bedroom living room)
Max Guests: 1

Room Configuration: Hotel Room (combined bedroom living room)
Max Guests: 1

Take a step back in time - The Bowen River Hotel was built in the l860s. Your single bed room with shared bathroom includes hot breakfast

Mount Wyatt Road, Mount Wyatt, Queensland 4804 Australia

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