BUSH CHAMPION: Ned Winter on his property 'Ned's Corner Roo Retreat'.
BUSH CHAMPION: Ned Winter on his property 'Ned's Corner Roo Retreat'. Sam Flanagan

End of an era for tourist hub

CAMP oven cooking is close to Ned Winter's heart.

The 83-year-old has made a living from feeding tourists and telling them tales from the Outback on his 1300-acre property 'Ned's Corner Roo Retreat', just south of Cecil Plains.

Mr Winter spent his life on the back of a horse as a stockman, before purchasing the property and turning it into a tourist attraction.

Mr Winter and his wife Margaret also travelled to events so people from all over Australia could experience their unique catering style.

"The biggest function we ever did was Rockhampton Beef Week in '91, which was a two-course meal for 1400 people,” Mr Winter said.

"We went back again in '94 and fed 2000 people.”

Mr Winter said the most extraordinary job they ever took on was in 1989, when they took 14 camp ovens up seven storeys in a building in Brisbane to cater for the then Premier and his official party.

As the couple prepares to sell Ned's Corner, the outback stalwart reflected on a wonderful chapter in his life.

"It's been great to meet people from the city and elsewhere,” Mr Winter said.

"They're dubious at first of even eating the food prepared in the ovens... then they realise it's bloody good tucker and they love it.

"It's going to be very sad when we finally leave.”

Ned will make an appearance at the Millmerran Camp Oven Festival on October 6-7.



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