Hotel’s getting back to normal

Posted: 7am 13 Dec 2020

‘Normality’ is returning to the Sandstone Point Hotel as COVID-19 restrictions have eased on Queensland’s hospitality and entertainment venues.

The waterfront hotel won successive Visitor Experience awards at the Moreton Bay Region Business and Innovation Awards in 2018 and 2019.

Then COVID hit hard and the Comiskey Group - which owns Sandstone Point, Eatons Hill, Samford and Beachmere Hotels - saw revenue fall 85 per cent. 400 staff were stood down.

Looking good

The Sandstone Point Hotel adapted offering takeaway food rather than dine-in and then organising COVID-safe events with Queensland artists.

Comiskey Group Director Rob Comiskey said after being “severely impacted” in the first half of this year, the outlook is now much brighter.

“Things are looking up and we are definitely seeing the positive effect the easing of restrictions is having,” says Mr Comiskey.

“Sandstone Point Hotel can now host major events with a Queensland Health-approved COVID-Safe Event Plan and allow outdoor dancing.


“We actually hosted (on November 21) the first dancing-allowed festival in this state with Bernard Fanning on headline duties!

“It has been fantastic to get back to some sort of normality!”

Mr Comiskey says the biggest constraints had been getting interstate and international performers, but with restrictions relaxed interstate performers are now possible.

Wedding bookings are increasing at Sandstone Point with guest numbers and dancing restrictions eased. There are hopes indoor dancing will also be permitted soon.

Big attraction

Mr Comiskey says interstate bookings are also returning for the BIG4 Sandstone Point Holiday Resort which opened in November 2018 and is now a destination in its own right.

Eatons Hill Hotel will host its first festival since January with the So Freshtival Brisbane music, fashion and pop culture event on Saturday (December 12).

The hotel can have dancing in the beer garden and bookings for functions are returning but the accommodation, which largely comes from visitors to Brendale industrial estate, has not seen such a spike, possibly due to a lack of business travel.

Tickets for So Freshtival Brisbane are available at

There’s more news here



Dolphins ready if NRL gives nod for kick-off

The Dolphins are ready to move quickly if the NRL decides to make them the “second Brisbane team”, with the start of the 2022 season now tipped to be a goer for an expanded competition. …

COVID-19 Update: Keep getting tested

State records three new COVID-19 cases…

More you might like:


Local News   •   4-8-2021  •   Kylie Knight

Community rallies for foodie festival

When word spread that the snap COVID-19 lockdown forced Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival organisers to cancel just minutes after opening, the community started to rally. Many are still keen to assist organisers and vendors who have suffered significant losses. Here’s how you can help.…

Local News   •   3-8-2021  •   Kylie Knight

COVID-19 support for local business

Businesses across the Moreton Bay Region affected by the latest COVID-19 lockdown who are looking for support might be struggling to know where to start. Here’s a list that might help.…

Local News   •   3-8-2021  •   Kylie Knight

Do your bit to help small business

The snap COVID-19 lockdown has hit many businesses hard across the Moreton Bay Region. Let’s do what this community does best – support each other. It's time to be #MoretonBayTough once again. Here’s how you can help.…

Local News   •   26-7-2021  •   Kylie Knight

Call for judges to be part of awards

Expressions of interest are being sought for expert judges to be part this year’s Moreton Bay Region Business Excellence & Innovation Awards. Here’s how you can get involved.…

Local News   •   21-7-2021  •   Kylie Knight

$1.5 million for Bellara foreshore upgrade

A $1.5 million upgrade of the Bellara foreshore is one of the key projects to be delivered as part of the State Government’s SEQ Community Stimulus Program (SEQCSP). Plans have not been finalised but there are some exciting additions on the wish list.…

Business News   •   13-7-2021  •   Jodie Powell

Moreton Bay Region 'the land of opportunity'

Opposition Leader David Crisafulli shared his views on opportunities for the Moreton Bay Region with business leaders when Shadow Cabinet visited for a networking event at the Eatons Hill Hotel. Here's what he had to say...…

Your free local community newspaper, home delivered fortnightly.

Read Latest Edition