Kroombit Park set to close due to cyclone damage
POPULAR tourist destination Kroombit Park is set to close at the end of the month after damage from Cyclone Marcia proved too difficult to repair.
The park, one and a half hours west of Gladstone, featured a farm stay on a working cattle station that attracted people from around the world.
It has been operating for 21 years.
Owners Alan and Carol Sandilands said it had become evident that the destruction wrought by the cyclone was worse than first thought.
"With sad hearts we made the decision to close. It was impossible to bring back in a short time what took 21 years to achieve," Mrs Sandilands said.
"We are so thankful for 21 years of Kroombit for those happy and fun times and even the hard times.
"We may have lost our beloved Kroombit but no-one can take those special memories."
The couple said that after the cyclone, the park's families were often brought to tears by the generosity of its extended international family, and the local community of Biloela and surrounds.
"We were truly humbled by the experience."
The park will close on March 31.
The Kroombit Park family will host a barbecue with tea and coffee at noon on March 29 for all the people who helped Kroombit in any way with the clean-up process.
"I know there were many people behind the scenes, names we may never know," Mrs Sandilands said.
"Kroombit families would ask that you would please come so that we can meet you all personally and give thanks and appreciation - what a wonderful community."