Great Northern Lodge and Emily’s Bistro

In the backstreets of Quorn – a good three and a half hour drive from Adelaide – sits a reminder of the days when the merino was king and rail was the lifeline of the bush. Streets wide enough to run a mob of sheep. And in the old days they did, as pastoralists brought their flocks into the rail yards to be sent off to market on what was then known as the Great Northern Railway line.

Tucked away in First Street is The Great Northern Emporium – home to Emily’s Bistro. For many, it’s often been the first place they’d drop into when visiting this beautiful Southern Flinders town. In the old days it had everything from barbed wire and saddlery to lacework and the finest porcelain dinnerware. Today, the old shelves and counters are still intact but they’re just as likely to showcase the in-house baker’s cream buns… or owner Wendy Brown’s array of Country Womens’ Association Cookbooks. There’s a warm unpretentious feel to this place.

The Brown family’s made the most of the backdrop the Great Northern Emporium provides and now they’ve gone one step further – building the Great Northern Lodge next door.

It comprises twenty two apartments and a convention centre.  For Wendy overseeing this expanding tourism venture means there’s only the occasional opportunity to down tools and mingle with the guests come dinner time. But sit her down for a chat and her passion and vision for this patch of the Flinders becomes clear. This quirky old emporium and the Lodge next door make for the perfect base from which to explore it all.

Great Northern Lodge

45 First Street, Quorn

8648 6940

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www.greatnorthernlodge.com.au

Emily’s Bistro

45 First Street, Quorn

8648 6940

Open 7 days, 8am – 10pm