How sad to hear yesterday morning the news that the quaint Ranges Hotel in Gembrook has pretty well been gutted by fire. We lunched there last year and not even two weeks ago on Wednesday, Tradie Brother took Mother there for lunch.
The fire will also affect the Puffing Billy Tourist Railway as people used to catch the train up to Gembrook, have lunch at the hotel and catch the next train back. There was a notice in the hotel for diners to mention to staff that they were catching Puffing Billy after lunch to ensure they would fed well in time and not miss the train.
Photos from The Age and you can read my post back when we visited the hotel last year.