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When retired couple John and Elaine were caravanning around Australia in 1998 a fellow traveller in the Northern Territory recommended the free camping at Saunders Beach. In due course John and Elaine arrived at Saunders Beach, set up camp and strolled along the beach. They found a house for sale and within the hour had put down a $100 deposit. John and Elaine then returned to Noosa to sell their existing property. Starting a Bed & Breakfast in their new home appealed to the active couple but obtaining approval from the then Thuringowa City Council turned out to be a long process. The Council had never before had an application for a B&B. In the end no renovations were needed to the house and approval was granted for four guests with on-site parking only.

Townsville Bulletin c Feb 2000

Saunders Beach shines. (Newspaper and date unknown.)

Peter Lindsay, MP for Herbert opened Windward House in March 2000.

Interior of Windward House.

Guests were always welcome in the Windward House lounge room.

With the death of her husband in 2007 Elaine retired and moved away. From an oral interview with Elaine Keane, April 2007. Newspaper clippings kindly supplied by Elaine Keane.