The property that houses an iconic restaurant with an almost century-old history is on the market.
The Packing Shed was built in 1919 on Tanawha Road and became the heart of 11 banana farms from the late 1920s, when it was used by all of the surrounding farms to prepare cases of bananas ready for transportation via bullock wagon up to the Buderim tramway, where they were transferred to trains to go to Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.
The then 20-acre farms were further subdivided into roughly one-acre properties in the 1970s, and The Packing Shed Restaurant and Bar was created in 1984, becoming a popular venue for live music and great food.
It has undergone a few name changes over the years, being known as Patrice Gardens and Platters, but it hasn’t functioned now for a number of years.
The charming restaurant has a seating capacity of 80 including alfresco dining, plus pitched ceilings, aged timber floors, a pot-belly stove, leadlight windows plus a bar and commercial kitchen.
With a lick of paint and a little bit of love, this restaurant will be restored to its former glory and an ode to its heritage as the original packing shed for surrounding banana farms in the early 1900s.
Next year, The Packing Shed will turn 100 years – quite the milestone for new owners who could have it fully operational by then.
Listing agents Glennis Schindler and Carlie Penn of McGrath Estate Agents Mooloolaba have been busy fielding enquiries about the unique property, which also contains a quaint 1950s home.
Ms Schindler says for those wanting an acreage retreat to call home, the main house oozes potential with timber floorboards, pitched-ceiling sunrooms and three bedrooms.
Located in a sought-after area, the 2.5-acre property offers the chance to simply enjoy private acreage living or to take a bold step and reinvigorate The Packing Shed as a restaurant or wedding venue.