END OF AN ERA: The Whipbird Cafe shut its doors on July 31.
END OF AN ERA: The Whipbird Cafe shut its doors on July 31. Contributed

Why this iconic South Burnett cafe has shut its doors

DAVID and Fiona Murray never imagined they would enter the hospitality industry when they moved to the South Burnett.

Now they have closed the Whipbird Cafe with a wealth of memories and friends.

"There's been a decline in business in the past six months. Business has dropped right off for whatever reason, we don't know," Mr Murray said.

"It's something in a lot of ways, it's been out of our control.

"We've tried really, really hard to run it on our own."

Mr and Mrs Murray finished their tenure in the iconic church building at Coolabunia at the end of last month.

Mr Murray said he and his wife "jumped at the opportunity" to take over the cafe's lease six years ago.

"We didn't really know what we were going to do," he said.

"We didn't want to die wondering, we jumped into it boots and all."

Reflecting on his time at the cafe, Mr Murray said it was the customers who made his job special.

"The thing I will miss the most is dealing with the people, because I just loved the interaction," Mr Murray said.

"I feel in the time I've been there I've made a lot of acquaintances and met some wonderful people and had some wonderful experiences.

"We're totally going to miss it. The first day we took it over I could feel the good vibes."

Mr Murray said he and his wife would take a break before deciding on their next step.

"One thing is for sure, we have no intention of leaving the Burnett. We like it here," Mr Murray said.

"We've had some feedback saying they are so sad, no sadder than we are."

Mr and Mrs Murray will continue to sell off the equipment from the Whipbird Cafe in a garage sale this Saturday.