Once upon a time, not that very long ago, George and his high school sweetheart Aldy were farmers living at the bottom of the lake… before there ever was a lake. They had chickens and cows, kiwi fruit orchards and a huge veggie patch. They grew fields of watermelons, tomatoes and peas.
George renovated a 3 story concrete grain silo into a home where they lived with 3 young rug rats, the farm in the bottom of ‘Borrim’, or more commonly known as Baroon Pocket, was bordered by the beautiful Obi Obi Creek sparkling waterfalls, swimming lagoons and rapids.
By the creek, George and Aldy had planned to build their treehouse cabins for visitors to the area to enjoy. The best laid plans of mice and men… even George, often go astray. It so happened that the creek became a lake. So a different venue for the treehouses was found when the Johnston family were resumed from the farm and bought their neighbours about-to-be lakefront acreage.
First came The Lakehouse, built with recycled timbers and features. This was soon followed by the old Beerburrum Railway Station in search of a new name and home. Slowly, slowly the treehouses were built, high in the rainforest, filled with amazing woodcarvings, suspended fireplaces and sumptuous spas.
Aldy had a dream or two of her own along the way, and Dining on the Deck is the culmination of a lifetime’s devotion to culinary delights and creative healthy cooking. But of course, in a family of dreamers, the Café exemplifies just what magic can happen when an artist touches wood with the right chisel in his hand, and a dream is allowed fruition.
Please enjoy your visits to Dining on the Deck!
A tour of our treehouses may be arranged – please ask as reception
Warm wishes from George and Aldy Johnston