Nearly forty members of The Probus Club of Bribie Island ventured out last month on a local excursion to the Woongooroo Estate, a vineyard, cellar door and cafe located on Doyle’s Road, about halfway between Woodford and Kilcoy. Owner Phil Close turned out not only to be a sommelier, but a bush poetry aficionado, his background as a school teacher being obvious in his presentation skills. He interspersed the introduction of six locally produced wines, ranging from medium dry whites to semi-sweet and sweet red and white wines to a wonderful medium dry Cabernet Sauvignon, with some hilariously funny bush poems. Phil’s wife Gail was kept busy pouring the wines to be tasted and generally looking after her guests.
In a significantly merrier mood, club members continued on to a much anticipated lunch at Kilcoy’s Exchange Hotel, followed by a walk around the town where even a number of our ladies were spotted fossicking amongst the vast array of goods offered by the General Store. Some time also was allowed for a stroll through Kilcoy’s main park, where a wooden Yowie statue erected in the 1980s recalls sightings of this mythological creature as far back as 1842.
Club members enthusiastically endorsed the outing, with many commenting on their lack of knowledge of the existence of the winery and voicing their intention to recommend to their friends a visit to a great local tourist attraction. Contact Gabrielle Bain (0407 341 074) if you are interested in joining one of Bribie Island’s leading social clubs.