History and the Grand View Hotel
The McLean Family have owned the Grand View Hotel since 1919. The first owner BJ Magee (Bernard John) had lost his sight at age 60 when his daughter Mary Kathleen (May) and her husband John Norman McLean took over after selling their property Pinnacle Station outside of Mackay. Not only did May and John take over the Grand View Hotel but also The Grand Theatre, The Grand Café, and just next door to the Grand View, BJ Magee's General Store.
The Grand View's history of being destroyed twice by fire and twice by cyclone only added to the charming resilience of this astonishing building, which then led to Baz Lumann's famous Hollywood film 'AUSTRALIA' staring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman being filmed here in 2007.
These days, inside the recently renovated hotel you will find a rich and fascinating history hanging from the walls, which blend in with the modern yet classic décor. You really do appreciate the best of both worlds.
Fourth generation owners John, Lachlan and Michael McLean are constantly renovating the hotel with an emphasis on great cuisine, friendly service, beautiful ambience and entertainment for all ages.
The Grand View Hotel really does have it all!