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Published March 9th 2021
Live music on Sundays & hearty meals to enjoy @ Dugandan
Although Queensland was not in lockdown like other states, I can still understand how the residents must have felt being cooped up at home for weeks on end. Living in the city is great with plenty of opportunities but being initially from the country, I cannot think of anything better than going for a country drive on the weekend, where big open spaces and stretches of road can refresh your mind and let go of the stresses of city life.
Dugandan Hotel (Author's Photo)
This is exactly what I did one Sunday, not so long ago. Taking a different route from usual, I ventured through Jimboomba and ended up just south of Boonah on Highway 93 at the Dugandan Hotel for lunch. There were several tables booked with "reserve" signs, however, I was able to secure a table for one.
Fireplace in Dinning Area for Winter Months (Author's Photo)
The dining area was quite large with a bright blue, aqua and rust coloured carpet of a swirling design, a television screen and one side of the bar facing inwards, making it easy to purchase drinks for your table. A large fireplace sat in the middle of the dining room, as I can imagine winter evenings could be quite cool. Tables were also placed outside along the verandah at the rear and side of the building. Ordering of meals was done from a counter inside a small vestibule, just outside the dining room.
Photographic History Adorn The Walls (Author's Photo)
The Dugandan Hotel is thought to be Boonah's oldest pub, with a history dating back to the 1880s when the building was established by Carl Stumer and traded as a general store. It was not until 1913 that the building became a hotel and originally included accommodation, a cellar, water tanks, a kitchen and servants' rooms. Many black and white photographs adorn the walls of the dining room and it is interesting to walk around and read the history from the years past.
A Hearty Sunday Lunch (Author's Photo)
The Dugandan Hotel can be booked for functions as they are large enough to cater for birthday and Christmas parties, charity events and dinners, corporate meetings, tour groups as well as lunch and dinner with special food and beverage packages available on request.
Beer Garden Area, Dugandan Hotel (Author's Photo)
After I finished my lunch, I went for a wander out the back, where I found a large outdoor deck and beer garden with wooden tables and bench chairs complete with umbrellas for shade and a children's playground nearby inside a fenced area. The beer garden area can cater for groups of up to 200 people. The area felt so peaceful and you could imagine a group of your friends having a wonderful time there on a Sunday afternoon.
Sunday Live Music @ Dugandan Hotel (Author's Photo)
Outside the fenced area was a duo playing and singing to entertain the patrons. They had a pleasant sound and sang familiar songs, ones that you could easily sing along to. Looking at the hotel's website, the Sunday Live Music occurs every Sunday from 12 noon. If you need transport and live in the area, the Dugandan Hotel has a courtesy bus to take you home.
What more could you ask for? If you are looking for a relaxing Sunday or if you are grey nomads travelling around our great state, the Dugandan Hotel is the place to be and can be located on the corner of Mt French and Boonah Rathdowney Roads, Dugandan, Queensland. For bookings and more information, please ring 07 5463 1048.