Iconic North Queensland pub listed for sale

The walls of one Australia’s most iconic pubs are covered in the signatures and quips of the countless visitors who have stopped by for a coldie before setting off to explore the world’s oldest rainforest.

There is “Pitts Cape Trip 2020” and “Waltoria was here 2012” – just two of the additions to just one of the walls at The Lions Den Hotel, south of Cooktown.

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So many signatures

Established in 1875, the hotel and campgrounds are located at the end of the Bloomfield Track, which cuts through the Daintree Rainforest, and the signatures date back to the 1800s, with the names of tin miners.

But for owner Judy Fry, 70, the time to sell has come.

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The 2.75 hectare property includes the historic pub, accommodation and camping sites, and a massive shed.

The pub boasts a bar with two serveries, a cold room, a coffee and pizza bar, indoor dining and pool table area, an outdoor garden deck, a retail shop, museum with antiques and other quirky items, a commercial kitchen, a booking counter and a main office.

Accommodation includes an airconditioned donga with 25 single and double rooms, four glamping tents, 14 powered camp sites and a number of unpowered sites.

There is also a five-room donga accommodation being built for workers, and there is also two coin-operated laundries, a caretakers quarters and a tea room.

There are also additional income streams from fuel sales and Australia Post mail service.

Harcourts Innovations agent Shaun Bishop said the property was a “genuine slice of history

with a loyal following and loads of stories to tell”.

“The lucky buyer will not only enjoy a fruitful income, but they will also be confident in knowing this is a business that has survived the ages,” he said.

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The Lions Den Hotel is for sale at Rossville, near Cooktown. PHOTO: Supplied.

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