Travelers these days expect ‘good coffee’ everywhere, even in the most remote parts of Australia, and a new business in Birdsville is delivering that, along with a big dose of art and design. aboriginal artifacts.
Don Rowlands is well known as the ranger in charge of the vast Simpson Munga-Thirri Desert National Park west of the outback community, but his wife Lyn is the instigator of the cafe and ranger place opened last week.
His parents owned the houses at the back of the land on which the business is located, on the street leading to the entrance to the airport.
“They moved south and sold, and the land went through a few owners so far,” Lyn said. “I decided to open up, to have a small business for us and our children, if it’s successful.”
Their daughter Peta Rowlands and daughter Emily are soon heading out of Brisbane to help out Lyn as the tourist season begins.
She said she would train Don in the art of being a barista and people might find him helping serve coffee on the weekends.
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The Birdsville Bakery and the Humpy, part of Birdsville’s Roadhouse, both offer good coffee options, but Lyn said her point of difference would be the display of native artwork and being a place of conservation native.
It will include spears, millstones, stone axes and spearheads, all collected in the area over many years and stored.
At the moment, air conditioning is being installed, finishes are in progress and a name is being decided.
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