Columboola Country has been a tourism Caravan Park set up for the Public around twenty years ago. The current Owner, Colin Jackson, purchased Columboola Country in December 2003. For fourteen years the main target was tourism, schools and groups. Just before Easter 2019 suggestions were made to set it up as a Veterans Retreat. Since promoting to the Veterans the property has been very well received by all aged serving as well as served members of our defence force and first responder communities. Today 265 acres provides secluded camping sites and cottage accommodation beside the Punchbowl Creek.
The Punchbowl Creek commences here on the property and runs to the Dogwood Creek in Miles.
Punchbowl Creek, State of Queensland, Australia … Cracow, Banana Shire, Queensland, Australia, 25° 17′ 20″ S, 150° 16′ 57″ E, 52.3km (32.5 miles), 82.7° (E).
Bill and Nita Ryall Lived at Columboola Country. In 1923 using the 18hp Buick Motor from Grandfather Ryall, Bill set up a small sawmill. With the little sawmill, Bill provided timber for the shearing shed and set of sheep yards. The shed was big enough for 400 sheep. Next to be built was a new home for Bill and his family, which was constructed from Cyprus Pine and Iron Bark.
In 1957, Bill bought a bigger sawmill and employed 2 men to help operate it. One of them was Freddy Brooks, a chinchilla man with sawmilling experience. Bill was now selling sawn timber locally. By 1970, Chinchilla Cypress pine was being used for housing in Toowoomba. Here a cabinet maker discovered Bill’s timber, and soon it was being used to construct architecturally designed homes in Noosa. This western timber was resistant to white ants.
Punchbowl Creek had been the setting for Bill’s childhood, and his dream was to turn it into a place where families could enjoy the simple pleasure of country living, and it was that vision that brought about what we now know as Columboola Country. Colin Jackson purchased the property from Bill Ryall, and today it has become the Columboola Country Veterans Retreat.