This restaurant is steeped in history, yet gives you a modern dining experience on the Sunshine Coast.
Daisy’s Story (From their website)
Daisy’s Place will always have a special place in the hearts of locals and travellers who have ventured their way along the Sunshine Coast.
Built back in the 1923 by ‘Daisy’ Emma Johnson and her husband Samuel Dorrington Johnson, it began life as The Rustic Cabin offering home-made pies and Devonshire teas. It was a place where all walks of life could enjoy a lovingly prepared snack in theshady Jowarra Scenic Park.
Sadly, Sam died in 1945 leaving Daisy to look after their home and business. It was a time of great sadness in Daisy’s life as their only daughter had died at the age of ten just eight years earlier. Things changed again a bit for Daisy when the Bruce Highway was re-aligned in the 1960’s. It would mean the Rustic Cabin would move from its original site to where it stands today.
The iconic landmark would suffer it’s biggest loss when it was announced that one of the Sunshine Coast’s most famous pioneers, Daisy Emma Johnson died at the age of 85 on the 27th of January 1978.Ownership passed through a number of hands since but it would never be the same without Daisy.
Folklore of the area tells the story of ‘Captain Piper’ the Aborigine who murdered the botanist Stephens around mid 1866 and threw his body into Dead Man’s Waterhole, which is part of Jowarra Scenic Park.
I was very surprised at how much effort had been put into the presentation of this place. While enjoying a coffee and scones with fresh jam and cream, three staff tended to our table, constantly made sure we were happy with everything and that water was always in our glasses.
Oh, and all this cost us about the same as a meal from McDonald’s.
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