FEATURE: 40 years of holiday memories at Cedar Lake

FEATURE: 40 years of holiday memories at Cedar Lake

Cedar Lake Country Resort was the first ever timeshare resort built in Australia. Joining the Classic Holidays family in 2009, the resort has celebrated 40 years of holiday memories and is one of our most iconic and popular Club Properties.

Taking a trip down memory lane at the Resort’s recent 40 year celebrations, the earliest owners remembered a special visit from Veteran International Tennis Champion Ken Rosewall, who arrived at Cedar Lake in 1979 to conduct the first series of tennis coaching schools.

The horse trails facilitated by the Equestrian Centre in the 1980s were an iconic part of Cedar Lake’s history. The Equestrian Centre eventually closed in 2014 and re-established their operation nearby.

Before the installation of air conditioning, the units at Cedar Lake all had grass lawns on the rooftops to keep them cool. A challenge for maintenance to have to mow! These were eventually removed with the advent of air conditioning – a welcome change for management and guests.

In the early days of the resort, Working Bees were organised every year, with directors and members taking part – working hard but having lots of fun at the same time. Jobs were big and small, including the building of the stone wall that surrounds the carpark as you pass the bridge, as well as the brick wall along Stable Block.

The Working Bees replaced the Skillion roof on the old maintenance shed, installed the key hooks in rooms, and were responsible for the numbered signs on each unit door. Lots of trees that were planted by Working Bees are still thriving as part of the resort’s garden areas today.

The onsite restaurant has seen several restaurant operators over the years. In the early years, members and guests would remember dining at Blue Lake with Nicola, followed by Shane and Marina who opened Cedar Lake Bistro in 2014 and have put on some great meals and events since.

An exciting addition to the resort was the new amenities block, built in 2015. In more recent years, the resort has been through some tough times, including the 2013 floods and 2016’s Cyclone Debbie.

Originally managed by Holiday Concepts, Classic Holidays commenced management of Cedar Lake in 2009. The current Board have been owners for many years and have witnessed the resort grow.

  • Pat has been an owner since 1982, and a board member since 1990 – OAM (has a Bachelor of Business and held several supervisory positions in the QLD public service)
  • Vince has owned since 1987, director since 2016 (Cabinet Maker for 37 years, 11 years in the Rotary Club)
  • Gordon has been a member since 1988, director since 2012 (Owned & managed landscaping business, Lions International Member for 22 years).
  • Ian purchased in 1991, Director since 2006, current Chairman (experienced Business Executive, long-term director of the retail grocers association and council of small business organisations).

The resort’s culture has also been shaped by the managers and staff who have worked at Cedar Lake over the years. New managers, Dean and Amanda Holland, took on the role in February 2017. Amanda previously worked at Classic’s Beach House Seaside Resort and Dean is a horticulturalist, and they are doing a fantastic job around the resort.

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