Top Notch

Western Queensland Road Trip – Square Tops Challenge #2

After travelling more than 740 km inland from Brisbane to Charleville by road, rail or plane, mid 20th century travellers would have revelled in the top notch accommodation at the Hotel Corones on Wills Street. In the 1930s and 1940s the hotel boasted opulent lounges, luxurious ensuite bedrooms and broad, sheltered verandahs where guests could escape the extreme heat of a western Queensland summer.

Many famous people have stayed in these rooms. The hotel lists top tier stars including Amy Johnson, Gracie Fields and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester among their patrons.

The public bar, once the longest in the Southern Hemisphere, is decorated in the Art Deco style found all through the building. Even now, 90 years after the hotel was built, those who’ve travelled far can quench their thirst with a top drop!

While our travels are on hold, I’m joining in every day with Becky’s April Square Tops Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules are simple: photos must be square and fit the theme word “top”.

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