Military and railway history come together on bush block
An acreage property with a former soldiers’ barracks from New Guinea, a railway waiting room and an old saw miller’s cottage has hit the market on the Sunshine Coast.
The three dwellings sit on a private 4.05ha block at 31 Kildeys Rd, Cootharaba.
Owner Mark Rollason said the buildings had plenty of character without flash.
“There’s no plaster walls and the timber floors aren’t polished — it is what it is,” he said.
The main building is an old saw miller’s cottage from Cooroy, which was built around 1910 and moved on the property in 1988.
The cottage has high ceilings, beech floors, VJ walls, a wood fire stove and a timber kitchen with satinay benchtops sitting on a bloodwood trunk.
There is an open-plan living space, a bedroom and a bathroom, all opening to the wraparound veranda.
Covered walkways lead to the barracks in one direction and the waiting room in the other.
The barracks once housed soldiers in New Guinea before it was moved to the Gympie railway station to be used as sleeping quarters for staff.
The timber building was moved to Kildeys Rd in 1995. It features three bedrooms, a veranda and a double carport.
“It’s made out of hardwood — you can’t even hammer an nail it the timber, you have to drill into it,” Mr Rollason said.
“It’s also got windows on one side and these big wooden shutters on the other and they just open up and let the breeze through.”
The old waiting room from the Cooran railway station was also moved to the property in 1995.
Mr Rollason said he stumped the little building and added a wraparound veranda after buying the property.
“We call it the honeymoon suite because it’s just the bedroom and bathroom,” he said.
“It’s good if you’ve got older kids or for when people come to visit so they’re not in your space.”
The property is partially-cleared and well hidden from the road.
“I cleared around the house a bit after I moved in,” Mr Rollason said.
“You used to walk out the door and the bush was nearly on top of you.
“Now there’s a bit more space. And because it’s almost like a semi-rainforest you get cool breezes that go through the place.”
The property is being marketed by Claire Reyne of Hangloosa Property Noosa for offers over $679,000.