Binna Burra Lodge has recently reopened its doors, one year on from the bushfires that caused devastating damage to the lodge, World Heritage-listed Binna Burra rainforest reserve and the local community.
Founded by Arthur Groom and Romeo Lahey in 1933, Binna Burra sits within the sub-tropical rainforest of Lamington National Park in the Gold Coast Hinterland, central to some of Australia’s most spectacular natural features.
Ravaged by destructive bushfires in September 2019, the iconic hinterland tourism destination was hit hard and the majority of Binna Burra Lodge was destroyed.
Over the past year during the lodge’s closure, significant work has been carried out on the Binna Burra complex, Binna Burra Road and the rainforest trails in the Binna Burra area of Lamington National Park, to prepare for visitors safe return.
September saw the first guests welcomed to the Binna Burra complex as the Sky Lodges, Groom’s Cottage, Lamington Tea House and campsites reopened.
Binna Burra has traditionally been frequented by a large portion of visitors travelling from within a three hour radius of the area and since its reopening, many have flocked to Binna Burra to get their fix of nature amidst these crazy COVID times we are living in.
To mark the anniversary of the Binna Burra Complex fire, later named the Sarabah fire, the lodge opened the Binna Burra Bushfire Gallery.
It was an emotional time for the community and the lodge, as Chairman of Binna Burra Lodge Steve Noakes explained.
‘It’s a time when thoughts and feelings about the devastating wildfires are reactivated and many of us may feel emotions more intensely than usual. Our Bushfire Gallery is designed to be part of the healing process as individuals find their own ways of coping with the memories.”
The Binna Burra Bushfire Gallery will serve to enhance understanding and reflect upon the 2019 bushfires that destroyed Binna Burra Lodge and will initially be located at the Barn, which is one of the remaining heritage listed buildings which sustained minor damage during the bushfires. The Barn’s pre-bushfire gable-roof and skillion-roofed west verandah still show scars from the bushfire.
Cr Greg Christensen, Mayor of Scenic Rim Regional Council, welcomed a new chapter in the Binna Burra journey.
“We must take this opportunity to reflect on the heartache, loss and trauma experienced by the close-knit Binna Burra Lodge Board, staff, volunteers and loyal guests and our broader Scenic Rim community, and we will never forget that time,” he said.
“One year on from the bushfire which devastated Binna Burra Lodge, we also look to the future with hope and optimism as we carry on the legacy of its co-founders, Arthur Groom and Romeo Lahey’s shared vision of creating a place where people could stay and experience the beauty of the Lamington National Park rainforest. Once again, sharing the wonder of nature with people who visit the Scenic Rim.”
The Bushfire Gallery is located at The Barn at Binna Burra and is open seven days a week from 10am to 3pm and free of charge.
For more information about what is on offer at Binna Burra or to book your hinterland escape, you can visit the Binna Burra Lodge website binnaburra.com.au.