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Published April 3rd 2016
A Bit of Aussie History
Driving along the Old Gympie Road, through the Glass House Mountains, there is so much to see, and I nearly missed this extra ordinary place and had to turn back, which was not easy with the traffic and double lines to negotiate, but I did so safely and found a great parking spot right in front of this historic house.
I confess I had never heard of it, but now am keen to go back and see inside Bankfoot House, as it is only open on the last Sunday of each month from 10 am to 3 pm.
"Bankfoot House enjoys a picturesque location alongside the Old Gympie Road in Queensland's Glass House Mountains. Established in 1868 as a roadside accommodation house on the new road from Brisbane to the Gympie gold rush, it is the oldest surviving building in the Glass House Mountains. Bankfoot House is steeped in family history. The Grigor, Burgess and Ferris families occupied the house in succession. The Sunshine Coast Council, in conjunction with the Friends of Bankfoot House Inc., continues to develop Bankfoot House as a partnership heritage initiative." - from www.bankfoothouse.org
It was an "accommodation house" for the folk heading north to the Gympie goldfields, in the old Cobb and Co coaches that took the route up through the Glasshouse Mountains from Brisbane to Gympie at that time.
Just from looking at the property with its big house, and outbuildings it is easy to imagine the Cobb and Co coaches pulling up at the house. I wonder if the gold prospectors appreciated the spectacular view over the Glass House Mountains?
You can visit the Mary Grigor Centre which is the new archival and interpretive centre located within the Bankfoot House Heritage Precinct, which is also used for performances and meetings.
Group Tours are by appointment, so contact them at email@example.com to make arrangements, or call (07) 5493 0197 Wednesdays only