Re­lax by ocean

Woodgate has it all

Isis Town and Country - - Woodgate - By AN­GELA NOR­VAL

FOR Woodgate res­i­dent and well-known fish­er­man Benn Gra­ham, Woodgate felt like home the mo­ment he moved to the area.

Benn first came to Woodgate from Glad­stone 23 years ago when he par­ents stum­bled across it on a fam­ily hol­i­day and de­cided to stay.

After fin­ish­ing his school­ing at Isis High School, Benn re­turned to Glad­stone to work in the min­ing in­dus­try but was al­ways drawn back to Woodgate on his days off.

It is for that rea­son that he de­cided to pur­chase Seren­ity Cove Café six years ago and hasn’t looked back.

Benn said it was clear the things that at­tracted peo­ple to live or hol­i­day at Woodgate.

“Woodgate truly does have a nice, re­laxed life­style and weather you are stay­ing in the tourist park in a beach­front villa or park­ing your car­a­van on one of the 130 plus sites avail­able or sim­ply head­ing to Woodgate to chill out for the day on the beau­ti­ful beach, there is so much to see and do,” he said.

“Near and dear to my heart is the fish­ing which is another good rea­son that peo­ple come to Woodgate; there are a tonne of op­tions with the Bur­rum River to the south and Theodo­lite Creek to the north pro­duc­ing good catches all year round.

“Woodgate is also an easy af­ter­noon drive for peo­ple from Bris­bane look­ing to truly get away from it all for the week­end.

“Well the Christ­mas hol­i­days are here and like big kev says; I’m ex­cited – not only for the in­crease in business but to see all the fam­ily's en­joy­ing there Christ­mas break with the kids and catch­ing up with all the re­turn vis­i­tors that come back year after year.”

Benn has en­joyed year after year mak­ing some re­ally good friends and meet­ing a lot of new peo­ple from all parts of the globe.

Woodgate has def­i­nitely grown and moved with the times to en­sure that it keeps up with the huge ca­pac­ity of vis­i­tors it en­ter­tains ev­ery year es­pe­cially hav­ing the sew­er­age con­nected.

“In­vestors have poured mil­lions of dol­lars into this small com­mu­nity mean­ing hous­ing es­tates have grown and busi­nesses have ex­panded to cater for the grow­ing de­mand.

“A lot more fam­i­lies are mov­ing to Woodgate and as a re­sult we will now as of 2015 have a sec­ond school bus to trans­port chil­dren to Good­wood state school and Isis State High school.

“With Bund­aberg only a short re­lax­ing 35–40 min drive and Childers a 25-min drive, peo­ple are fol­low­ing their business op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“I highly rec­om­mend pack­ing up and head­ing down to Woodgate and en­joy my play­ground and live the dream that I live and love.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

CAFE OWNER: Benn Gra­ham.

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