After a chaotic start to 2020, the changes and maintenance continue apace. A lengthy review of the operations led us to make substantial changes to our Rose Room and Garden Café. The Rose Room and Garden Café is currently closed (reopening early March) whilst we undertake refurbishment to include a new indoor display which features the largest privately-owned collection of the famous Royal Winton china in the southern hemisphere.
In response to changing visitor needs and preferences and the growth of food outlets in the Gold Creek precinct, we are focussing our food and beverage offerings on tea and coffees with a range of cakes, snacks and cold drinks and ice-creams. There will still be ample indoor and outdoor seating for visitors utilising the facility and for those visitors who choose to self-cater.
As posted via our other social media vehicles, the impacts of the bushfires, drought and storms in the region during December and January have been challenging. Fortunately, the January 20 hailstorm missed the display although the high winds wreaked havoc in the gardens. Dust and ash from the storms, high winds and fires have also caused a lot of clean up but the team is nearing the end of that work.
Just to highlight the extent of impact of the January weather, a picture of Christopher Sarah is attached as he stands at the root of a once grand upright spruce. Again, the team has worked hard to keep the display in peak condition in some challenging times. Like a lot of businesses in the tourism industry, we are facing our challenges from the fires in addition to the coronavirus and want to assure everyone we are open for business and look forward to the support of the public as we try to climb back from these challenges.