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New owners welcoming truckies at popular outback roadhouse

Since taking over this remote Queensland roadhouse in March, new owners Corey and Sam Johns have been committed to providing their customers with good old fashioned service.

When the previous owners of the Kynuna Roadhouse decided to sell up so they could retire, the husband and wife team saw the place as a good opportunity to try something new.

“Roadhouses are a dying thing really,” said Corey, 52. “When the opportunity came up, we had a think about it and whether we were up for being here seven days a week. Sam and I decided we’d take it on.

“These days there aren’t that many good places for truck drivers to stop anymore. There are plenty on the coast but coming inland there aren’t many at all. And all these bypasses are making it hard for truck drivers to get into these places too.

“Here, we’re trying to provide our customers with a good feed, good prices, good company and a bit of banter.”

Originally from New Zealand, Corey has lived in various parts of Queensland since making the move down under about 25 years ago – more recently moving to Kynuna.

He revealed he’s worked in many different fields throughout his working life, including working on and off as a truck driver since he was 20. “I’ve had a coloured history in the workforce. I’ve done a bit of everything but this is the first time we’ve owned a roadhouse,” Corey said.

The roadhouse welcomes visitors from near and far. Image: Kynuna Roadhouse

Open from 6am until 8pm, seven days a week, Kynuna Roadhouse serves up a delicious selection of home-cooked meals lovingly prepared by the couple.

“Sam’s our main head chef and I’m the kitchen hand – so the dish bitch basically,” laughed Corey.

Among the most popular menu items are the rump steak, the ‘works’ burger, savoury mince rissoles and chicken burgers. “Anything anyone wants, if it’s on the menu, we’ll mix and match to suit,” Corey added.

The Kynuna Roadhouse is located just off the Landsborough Highway, about 180km from Cloncurry, 115km from Julia Creek and 300km from Mt Isa.

It has plenty of parking, with Corey adding there’s ample space for 10 road trains or more.

There is also a caravan park onsite, with powered and unpowered sites available – and there are some cabins and dongas too.

A separate section is reserved for truck drivers, complete with toilets, showers and laundry facilities.

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