Hinterland pub gets surprise visit
GUEST at Kin Kin's Country Life Hotel have been given a taste of the historic namesake thanks to a surprise visit from a horse.
The visitors, who have been identified only as Tracy and her faithful friend Ned, graced the pub's party room last Friday, stopping in for a quick refresher and a chat with guests.
The hotel's social media manager Linda McSweeney said the visit was not an isolated incident for the hotel.
"We have a horse rail out front of our pub for locals to tie their horses up and our village is known for the Great Kin Kin Horse Race," Ms McSweeney said.
"The oval out the back of our pub has an area where campers can put their horse while they camp and ride the Noosa trails.
"This can only happen in Kin Kin.
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"(It's) still very much the country village, where families still ride their horses to the primary school and to the pub or anywhere in town."
Visiting horses are only one part of the historic pub's magic, too.
Hollywood legends Sir Sean Connery and Diane Cilento stayed for a spell in the 1960s, and prompted room three to gain notoriety as "The James Bond Suite".
It featured in the 1983 TV mini-series Silent Reach, which starred Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Robert Vaughn, Helen Morse and Australia's comedy king Graham Kennedy.
The pub was also at the centre of less fictional drama in 2009 when it was inundated by a 3m "tsunami" thanks to a torrential downpour.
Bar manager Shelley McCombe recalled in 2016 saying she "kept pulling beers until the water was up to my knees and then I was out of there".
A wheelchair-bound patron was almost drowned in the deluge.
He was rescued by a staff member who themselves became tangled in submerged debris in the rescue effort.
And that's without mentioning the tornado which ripped through the community in 1971, and another rumoured to have struck in 1985.