You could buy the longest bar

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Hay­den Smith

THE iconic Cow Bay Ho­tel will go un­der the ham­mer next month.

It will be auc­tioned at the Cairns Pull­man In­ter­na­tional on De­cem­ber 3.

Col­liers In­ter­na­tional Cairns man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Stacey Quaid said the hotel­mo­tel, on the cusp of the Dain­tree, could hardly have been in a more con­ve­nient lo­ca­tion.

“With hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple pass­ing its door each year on the famed tourist drive to Cape Tribu­la­tion and be­yond, the Cow Bay Ho­tel has a po­ten­tial many would envy,” he said.

“With its sub­stan­tial im­prove­ments and rus­tic charm this could be an ideal prop­erty for an ex­pe­ri­enced hote­lier to bring the tav­ern and as­so­ci­ated fa­cil­i­ties to its full po­ten­tial.

“Cur­rently un­der man­age­ment, the prop­erty is be­ing of­fered with va­cant pos­ses­sion en­abling the new owner to de- ter­mine the di­rec­tion of the busi­ness”

The 1.1ha free­hold prop­erty fea­tures mul­ti­ple bars, dis­tinc­tively fin­ished with lo­cally felled tim­ber fur­nish­ings; a restau­rant with a com­mer­cial kitchen; out­door beer gar­den; six mo­tel rooms; and a size­able man­agers’ res­i­dence with ad­ja­cent staff ac­com­mo­da­tion.

But the ho­tel’s pièce de ré­sis­tance is its pen­cil cedar bar­top, which at 16m long is the longest con­tin­u­ous bar in Aus­tralia.

The ho­tel-mo­tel is only a short drive from Cow Bay Beach and two hours north of Cairns.

Mr Quaid said the busi­ness had an ex­ten­sive his­tory in the area, and had al­ready at­tracted “rea­son­able in­ter­est”.

“It’s quite a sub­stan­tial prop­erty, more like a tav­ern than a quaint coun­try pub,” he said.

“I think with bit of cap­i­tal and some new ideas then the busi­ness might be able to grow from where it is to­day.”

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