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Historic pub with country charm up for sale for first time in 35 years

By Liam O'Boyle

A country pub just 20 minutes from Brisbane, Goodna’s historic Royal Mail Hotel is up for sale.

Built by the Drysdale family prior to 1859, the pub, located at 92 Brisbane Terrace, oozes history and was part of the original Cobb and Co route for coaches travelling back and forth to Brisbane.

Some of the trees lining the street were planted in the 1930s during the Great Depression, with the Jacarandas attracting tourists during their bloom.

After owning and operating The Royal Mail Hotel for the past 35 years, and creating a much loved live music scene, seller Andrew Cafe has decided to move onto the next chapter of his life.

“My favourite part about owning the pub was establishing a good reputation as a venue featuring quality entertainment, as well as keeping and maintaining the historic character of the hotel,” Mr Cafe said.

“We are like a country hotel but only 20 minutes from Brisbane.

“The hotel would suit a buyer who has the vision to expand on our large outdoor area and the good solid bones of this historic hotel, with the opportunity to expand  further into the future.”

The 2991sqm property comprises a multi-faceted hospitality venue including fully equipped public bar, small gaming room with 12 machines, large commercial kitchen, beer garden, plus seven upstairs bedrooms which are currently used for short term accommodation.

Ray White Commercial Gold Coast listing agent Scott Wells said The Royal Mail Hotel provided buyers with many opportunities, including snapping up a piece of history in an area subject to development growth,

“The property represents a rare opportunity to purchase a 2,991m2 land parcel in Goodna.

“There is a great opportunity to continue to grow the current business and even expand the current footprint. There’s also future development potential (STCA).

“The subject property presents a unique opportunity to capitalise on the truly staggering level of development and infrastructure spending, laying solid foundations for continued strong population and employment growth in the area.

“The western sub-region of SEQ is forecast to be one of the state’s fastest growing regions with the population predicted to double over the next 20 years.

“Ipswich will also be among the top two regions in southeast Queensland leading jobs growth over the next five years.”

Mr Wells said the property would attract a wide range of interest from local and interstate individuals and investors, small operators and large hospitality groups looking to expand their portfolios into the growing SEQ region.

“Pubs with this much character do not come up too often, so it’s a great opportunity to buy a piece of Queensland history,” he said.

The Royal Mail Hotel is up for sale via expression of interest, closing February 10 at 4pm.

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