Heritage-listed Williams Lodge in Yungaburra for sale again
SITUATED just off the main street of Yungaburra lies an important piece of Far North Queensland history.
The heritage-listed Williams Lodge will most likely, once again, exit the illustrious family from which it gets its name.
The home, with five self-contained bedrooms and a commercial kitchen, at 16-20 Cedar St, is believed to have been built around 1911 and is on the market with Deborah Godfrey Real Estate.
Full of tales from generations of the Williams family, as well as World War II, the walls of the charming property – and its floors – underwent a $2 million renovation earlier this century after Peter Williams decided to breathe new life into the building.
The residence was reopened by Queensland Governor Major General Peter Arnison in 2002.
Williams Lodge operated for about a decade before closing.
Williams Lodge has five spacious suites, all luxuriously furnished, and the penthouse suites come with spas and an adjacent lounge.
A guest lounge has a log fire and a bar and when it was open as a business, customers could play a round of pool, enjoy the big screen TV or select tunes on the pianola.
“Those who visited the property would fall in love with the picturesque Tablelands views from a wraparound veranda,” selling agent Ms Godfrey said.
“Outside, there is a landscaped pool, spa and a barbecue for warmer days.
“In place of the lodge’s once famous dance floor built by Australian and American troops during World War II, the newly timbered deck is a perfect spot to catch the breeze with a cool drink from the wine bar.”
The property is only five minutes from the Eacham and Barrine lakes and Tinaroo Dam – perfect for swimming, fishing and watersports.
The Williams family has more than 100 years’ association with Yungaburra and once upon a time owned 31 properties in the town, including the Lake Eacham Hotel.
Well-known Cairns businessman and Peter’s father Sir Sydney Williams was born in the house in 1920.
Earlier this year, Sir Sydney and his brother Ned, both deceased, were officially inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame for their significant contribution to the racing industry.
The racing legends Syd (1920-2004) and Ned Williams (1921-1999) were officially inducted into the esteemed hall of fame at a special function held in Brisbane.
Sydney was instrumental in the first Cairns Amateurs and served four decades as president of the club while Ned joined the Queensland Turf Club, becoming a committee man in 1966 and chairman from 1980-1992.
Peter and Lynette Williams are listed as the current owners of the house.
“It was not an easy decision to sell our family home and its heritage but it is a unique asset of Yungaburra and at our age we would love to pass it on to a passionate entity to preserve it in its magnificent condition for whatever endeavour they choose,” Mr Williams said.
Ms Godfrey said the property would make a wonderful home for a family, a great bed and breakfast location or a perfect venue for weddings.