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Go for a Long Lunch and stay a while the the Q Station
If you have never taken the time to visit Q Station at North Head Scenic Drive, Manly, you should do so. It's a place where so much is happening that it can be at times hard to keep up with what's going on over there.
The Boilerhouse Terrace. Photo courtesy of the Q Station.
On Friday the 27th of November 2015 the Boilerhouse Restaurant will be holding the November Long Lunch in the beautiful heritage surroundings of Q Station, and all the proceeds will be donated to Bear Cottage.
So if you are looking to partake in a Long Lunch at the interactive table picnic with non-other than Matt Kemp, the Ambassador Chef, doing cooking demonstrations and a number of other guest speakers, plus the kind support from Louis Roderer. You will get all of this for $150 per person and don't forget all of the proceeds will go to a great cause.
If you have never being to the Boilerhouse before you will find that you will need to walk down the giant stairway to the bottom level of Q Station where you will find the Boilerhouse. You can't miss it; all you need to do is look out for the very tall chimney stack.
Keep and eye out for the chinmey stack as it will lead you to the Boilerhouse and the Long Lunch.
Once down there you will find the Boilerhouse has a dining mezzanine level and a open plan kitchen below and on the terrace level you will be able to have a drink or two in the Engine Room which has two giant boilers that have been carefully restored. The walls are covered with enormous pipes and valves that once sent steam to the autoclaves and boiling water to the showers and the laundry.
Inside the Boilerhouse. Photo courtesy of the Q Station.
Or you could venture outside and enjoy your meal in a serene atmosphere surrounded by mature trees while you look out onto one of the most magnificent views in Sydney.
From the restaurant, walk onto Quarantine Beach and have a swim before or after your meal; or while you enjoy a wine and conversation, your children can enjoy the beach.
BEAR COTTAGE – MANLY.
Come along and support Bear Cottage. It's a very worthwhile cause. Photo courtesy of the Q Station.
Located in Manly on Sydney's Northern Beaches, Bear Cottage is a warm and home-like environment providing respite, support and end of life care for children with life-limiting conditions and their families. It is the only children's hospice in NSW, and one of only two in Australia.
Their vision is to be as far removed from a hospital environment as possible and they are set up to provide excellence in paediatric palliative care 24 hours a day.
To find out more about what the people at Bear Cottage do for the sick kids and their parents you can click on here, and learn more about their work and how you could help.
HOW TO GET MORE OUT OF THE LONG LUNCH?
Let's face it, if you are like me or many other people, after you have had a long lunch you feel like you would like to curl up and have a nanna nap, especially after you have had a couple of drinks.
You could walk back up those stairs. I don't thibk so after a Long Lunch.
So how can you add to your experience at the Boilerhouse?
If you are a local to the area you could catch a taxi to the Q Station and walk a short distance down to the Boiler House and after you have finished you could either walk back up those massive stairs, take a walk along one of the other pathways, chill out at Quarantine Beach for a while or catch a ferry or taxi back home.
Check out the timetable and catch a ferry back home.
Another way that you could add to your experience is that you could arrive earlier in the day and stay overnight in one of the many Retreat, Heritage or Deluxe Rooms. Or maybe you could get a group of friends together and stay in one of the three bedroom Historic Cottages. That way you could chill out before the long lunch, during and after.
You too can wake up to a view like this after your Long Lunch.
As stated earlier in this article there is so much to see and do at Q Station while you are attending the Long lunch at the Boilerhouse. So why don't you either hop on the phone (02 9466 1500) or email H8773@accor.com to make a booking. The last time we paid a visit to Q Station at Manly we left wanting to come back as there was so much to see and do.
While there you could pop into the Luggage Store Cafe and have a coffee.