Aussie outback cafe sells world’s most costly coffee

Would you believe a certain coffee at this Australian outback cafe can set you back about $50 a cup?

 It’s the Hervey Range Heritage Tea Room, high in the mountains north of Townsville in the so-called ‘dry tropics’ of Far-North Queensland.

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As well as the peaceful bushland location at Thornton’s Gap on the top of Harvey’s Range, the tea rooms actually have two big claims to fame. 

Firstly, they are known as the only place in Queensland to sell Kopi Luwak coffee – hailed as the world’s most expensive coffee. 

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Apparently, the coffee beans are collected from Indonesian jungles after being eaten and defecated by Asian palm civets, a small mammal that looks rather like a cat.

At the Heritage tea rooms, the coffee can be sampled for about 50 Australian dollars a cup.

Secondly, the tea rooms are also said to be in North Queensland’s oldest building – constructed of split logs in about 1865 and formerly known as the Eureka Hotel.

Construction of the hotel atop the ranges occurred just one year after Townsville was established as a seaside township

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The site is located on the old Georgetown Road, which was formerly the main route from the port of Townsville to the goldfields and pastoral areas to the west and north.

Nearby is the old Hervey Range Road, now known as Page Road and one of the few surviving examples of a roadway dating from early European settlement in the region

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On a recent review tour of Far-North Queensland, we relaxed in the peaceful gardens surrounding the heritage-isted building; played giant chess and card games; ate scones and cream; and downed an everyday garden variety latte.

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Sebel network continues Australian growth

The Sebel hotel and apartment network continues to grow in Australia.

Accor has expanded the Sebel brand in the Australian states of Queensland and Victoria.

In Queensland, the Sebel South Brisbane is situated at 50 Water Street in the state’s capital.

Near the commercial and entertainment hub of Brisbane’s South Bank, the 63-room hotel provides apartment-style accommodation, as well as conference and meeting faciliites – including a boardroom with seating for up to 14.

There’s also a pool, fitness centre and a sky-deck.

Yarrawonga development

In regional Victoria, a $A35M resort-style development is set to be built at the town of Yarrawonga.

Sebel Yarrawonga – a 120-room hhotel and serviced-apartment facility – will overlook Lake Mulwala and is expected to be open in early 2018.image017

Accor says guests will have access to “an impressive complex expected to include a bar and bistro, restaurant, 300-seat conference facility, pool, gymnasium and other health club amenities.

“The waterfront hotel will form the centrepiece of a broader resort and marina complex planned by development company, Lotus Living.”

The Sebel network currently offers 23 properties across Australia and New Zealand, accommodating the Accor group’s apartment portfolio while also maintaining traditional hotels.

For more on the network, visit http://www.thesebel.com

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