Coungeau House is a Seaside Holiday Home available for use by disadvantaged families and not-for-profit organisations. 36 Banya Street, Bongaree , Bribie Island 4507 CONTACT: Christine Clark by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Facilities in the House
Coungeau House is situated on a half-acre block in a quiet street in Bongaree and has spacious grounds. Coungeau house is a ‘Queenslander’ style historic home with french doors at the entry and in the three bedrooms which open onto the verandah. The verandah has out-door dining tables with chairs and comfortable sling back chairs to relax in.
The house can accommodate at least twelve people as the three bedrooms and verandah sleepout have a combination of single beds and double bunk beds. There are two bathrooms, the inside bathroom has a shower, basin and toilet and the verandah bathroom is a wet-room and includes a basin and toilet.
The dining room and kitchen each have six seater dining tables and there are lounge chairs in both dining and living rooms. The kitchen has two refrigerators, an oven with cooktop, microwave oven, electric frying pans, toasters, crockery, cutlery and a variety of miscellaneous equipment for meals to be prepared in the house. A separate, security screened, dormitory with six double bunks and one single bed, is situated behind the house and has separate male and female toilets and showers.
Fee to Use the House
$30 per adult per night and $10 per night for disadvantaged/disabled young people up to age 25.
Facilities in the Hall
The Hall under the house is large and has a stainless-steel galley style kitchen with two electric ovens with gas cook-tops, microwave oven refrigerator, and electric Zipboiler system. Two BBQs are also available for use. The kitchen has crockery, cutlery, electric frying pans, toasters, saucepans and miscellaneous kitchen equipment for catering purposes.
The Hall is set up with a stage at one end and has seating and tables for 100 people.
Naoum and Emily Coungeau built their Bribie retirement home in 1916. The couple ran a successful restaurant for 30 years in Queen Street, Brisbane and their commercial success allowed them to become significant patrons of the arts and contributors to charity.
Emily at the age of 50 became a celebrated poet and lyricist, writing the words for Auster, the first Australian opera ever performed by a professional theatre company. Naoum and Emily, in 1936, left their home on Bribie Island to the Church of England as a rest home for Clergy. Coungeau House was sold by the Church to Toc H in 1967. After extensive fund-raising by the Bribie and Brisbane Toc H communities, renovations were finished in 1974 and the house (with attached dormitory) was opened to provide holiday accommodation for people with disabilities and people in need. The spacious Hall built under the house has been a meeting place for many organisations on Bribie Island as well as a venue for concerts and other community gatherings.
Bribie Island is only an hour away from Brisbane and one of a large group of islands in Moreton Bay. Bribie has an enviable climate due to its sub-tropical position with dry, warm and sunny days in spring, autumn and winter. Bribie Island is connected to the mainland by a bridge across the Pumicestone Passage and has been a holiday destination since the early 1900s and has maintained its traditional sea-side charm.
From Coungeau House it’s only a five minute stroll to the Jetty along the Pumicestone Passage Esplanade where sea views and bird life abound as well as cafes and shops. The ‘Passage’ has safe family beaches with white sand and calm water while the ocean side is a surfing beach and is protected by Surf Life Savers. The Returned Services Club and the Bribie Bowls Club are close by for meals and entertainment and you can catch up on history at the Seaside Museum. Bribie has everything to make your holiday an enjoyable, fun and relaxing occasion.