When the opportunity arose to take over ownership of an outback icon, who wouldn't jump at the chance?
It proved too much for Ian and Cathie King, and Jennifer and Peter Moore, who are the new owners of The Pink Roadhouse at Oodnadatta.
Continuing the legacy of Adam and Lynnie Plate, the new owners want to help people enjoy the outback.
"Our vision and passion is to help people enjoy this remarkable outback area and to maintain the legacy of Adam and Lynnie Plate and the Pink Roadhouse," Mrs King said.
"Ian and I have been wandering around the remote areas of Australia for the past 30 years.
"We were married in Vic in 1984, when Ian was working in the High Country as a forester for the Victorian Forests Commission and I was managing the office at the Mount Buffalo Chalet.
"We moved to the NT and bought up our two children.
"Our interests strayed from this type of work when we owned and managed the Family Hotel at Tibooburra in NSW.
"At the same time, Peter Moore ran the William Creek Hotel, where we were able to feed travellers with discouraging comments about each other!
"When our children left the nest and we were seeking some adventure, the opportunity arose to move to Oodnadatta with Jen and Peter and get involved with the Pink Roadhouse.
"We believe it is an absolute icon of the outback and we jumped at the chance.
"We are excited to live and be part of the community of Oodnadatta."
The Moores have a lot of experience well suited to the operation of an enterprise like The Pink Roadhouse.
Mrs Moore has an extensive background in hospitality and horticulture while Mr Moore has owned and successfully operated a Melbourne central business district hotel, a specialist local food and wine venue in country Vic while also acting as consultant for various other venues.
Mr Moore also owned the William Creek Hotel, Carrieton Hotel, Royal Mail Hotel (Melbourne) and the Bridge Inn Hotel near Mansfield.
"Since early 2000, I have been an outback hotel broker," Mr Mooresaid.
"Having sold the Pink Roadhouse for Lynnie Plate to Neville and Adrianna Jacob, when it went back on the market we jumped at the chance.
"The four of us, with our backgrounds, decided on another outback adventure.
"To us the Pink Roadhouse is an outback Icon and destination created by Adam and Lynnie.
"With the fabulous history of Oodnadatta and the adventure of Australian Outback beckoning Adam's phrase will be our motto: Pink Roadhouse - your mates in the bush."
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