Thomasina's Original Charcoal Grill


Probably the best food I've tasted was my grandmothers. Like all women from our pioneering era they gave food a taste that we don't get today with imitation fuels like gas and electricity.

Their secret? Natural fuels like wood and charcoal which give a heat that is untainted allowing food to retain its fresh natural flavour. We have rediscovered the art of cooking with charcoal, which is still in everyday use in some parts of the world today.

Charcoal is simply burnt or baked wood. The wood we use is mallee tree roots which are sourced from South Australian bushland using time honoured traditions, the roots are placed in earthen kilns and baked into a more combustible form 'charcoal'. The mallee roots are renowned for their fierce burning and intense heat qualities which impart a sweet inoffensive smoke

Food from our 'Mallee Grill' when cooked in this traditional way not only enhances the natural taste, but gives its own taste which is flavourable as it is distinctive.

Open for breakfast, lunch & dinner

The Astor encourages informal dining in a relaxed atmosphere. A regularly changing menu coupled with our garden fresh salad and vegetable bar, makes for memorable dining experience. The succulent steaks, fresh seafood, home-made desserts are all served in style by friendly staff at affordable prices. Before eating why not relax with friends or family and enjoy a drink in the lounge area.


Breakfast is served in the restaurant between:
Monday to Friday: 6:30am - 9:30am
Saturday & Sunday: 6:30am - 10:30am

Continental Breakfast

Includes: cereals, toast, yogurt, juice, fruit, tea and coffee.

Full Country Breakfast

includes: all of the above plus hot cooked breakfast - sausages, bacon, tomatoes, eggs, spaghetti or baked beans.


Lunch is available in the restaurant between 12:00pm and 2:00pm each day. Please refer to the enclosed menu or come into the restaurant to see the large range of daily specials that are available.


Dinner is served in Thomasina's:
Monday to Thursday: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday: 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Room Service

Room service is available for breakfast, lunch or dinner if required during kitchen operating hours. Please see reception for a menu. Dial '250' to order, or to reserve a table in Our Restaurant.

"Happy to recommend this place!"

Picked at short notice - excellent place. Cheerful, friendly staff! Clean, well-appointed room. Comfortable bed. Restaurant is open until 8.30 p.m. Great, reasonably priced meal. Overall an excellent stay. Happy to stay here again and to recommend to fellow travellers.


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Brisbane, Australia