Sunshine Coast Open House is a free public event that celebrates the region’s architecture and offers behind-the-scenes access to some of the Coast’s iconic buildings.
FREE Event
19 & 20 October 2019

1. Bankfoot House

Saturday & Sunday

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Nestled in the renowned Glass House Mountains, state heritage listed Bankfoot House was built in 1868 in time to welcome the first Cobb & Co coach on its journey from Brisbane to the Gympie goldfields. At this time, the property served as a lunch stop, staging post, post office and accommodation. It remains the oldest surviving residence in the district.

Bankfoot House has seen many changes over the years. In 1878 a new building was constructed at the rear of the original house using local pit-sawn timber, beech and cedar. Other earlier buildings included a butcher shop, dairy, laundry, stables and feed shed. After surviving many years, the 1868 house was dismantled in 1930, with some timber used to extend the 1878 house. Changes included a lower roofline and new kitchen. In the 1960s the northern and eastern verandahs were enclosed.

The property remained in the same family for 134 years until 2004 when Council purchased the building and its contents. In 2015 the architecturally designed Mary Grigor Centre was built as an interpretive, research and archival space, and in 2018 the old shed was restored.

The heritage precinct now offers a full heritage and museum experience.

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