In the summer of 2020, a family member of one of Australia’s wealthiest men, the former CEO of Cairns-based Carrabba Foods, bought the property at 8.30am and the rest of the family soon arrived for a barbecue dinner in the family’s old cottage.
The Carrabas bought the home from a family friend in the 1970s.
Today, Carrabba House Salad is a local favourite, as are other barbecue dishes such as the Carrabans’ famous Carrabba Barbecue Pork Loin.
When the family finally left Australia, they brought their entire family with them.
After the barbecue, the family would eat a dinner of classic Southern favourites such as BBQ ribs, mac and cheese and smoked ham.
They would also take part in a series of local events, including a barbecue night in the backyard and a BBQ in the kitchen.
In the mid-2000s, the Carrabs began a plan to develop the property into a boutique hotel.
The project was completed in 2013.