Maleny mountain retreat

by AF

Kunda / Rowan House, Mount Mellum

Kunda House (aka Rowan House) is a 1940s hillside chalet just outside of Maleny on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. It was designed by Brisbane architect John Gerard (Gerry) Trude and built in 1939 for Jim and Iris Kerr and their family.

Many of the original features of the home remain intact, including the stone fireplace built from local rubble stone. Other original details include walls and some ceilings finished in clear lacquered Queensland timber and the original tennis court which the Kerr’s often opened to the public.

The home’s original design had three floors with four bedrooms, lounge, dining, maids room and three verandahs.

According to the listing page, it has hosted the State Governor, Queensland State Cabinet meetings, and was even used as an observation post during World War II.

In recent years it operated as a Bed & Breakfast, but the current owners have been using it as a private residence.

The house, with its 4 acres of terraced gardens, was recently listed for $1,295,000.  It last traded in 2001 for $699,000. The total area under roof is estimated at 500 sqm (5,380 sqft).


36 Rowan Lane, Mount Mellum, Queensland
– 25 min drive to the beach
– 1 hr drive to Brisbane

Jim Kerr and his son outside Kunda House.

Listing information and recent images from and Open2View
Black & white images from Sunshine Coast Libraries