Australia's tiniest town

Australia’s tiniest town

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Australia's tiniest town which has a motel, train station and four-star restaurant... but only FOUR residents

Welcome to the smallest town in Australia complete with its own motel, train station, general store, four-star restaurant, pub and just four residents. The Queensland town of Cooladdi is located 560 miles west of Brisbane and a 90-minute drive from the nearest other settlement Charleville. But living happily in isolation is Laurel Seymour Smith, 64, her daughter Roxanne and son-in-law Gavin Muller and their daughter Christie.

In its heyday when it was a major rail centre Cooladdi boasted a school, butcher shop, post office, store and police station accommodating 270 residents. The tightknit family of four live and work in the remote outpost operating the town's only business - a quirky watering hole that resembles more a truck stop, a post office, the pub, a self-rated four-star restaurant, a motel and petrol station all rolled into one.

Laurel and her late partner Errol bought the place in 2007 - something she maintains was the best decision they ever made. The 64-year-old said: 'I was a miner driving trucks for years -this came up and we said we're looking for a complete lifestyle change. And before we knew it I was the postmaster, the publican, the cleaner, the cook and the happiest I've ever been, who wouldn't be, this is flamin' God's country. The postal run is the highlight for me - delivering good old-fashioned letters and parcels to families who live so remotely. I just love it. I stop in for a morning cuppa and scone and good old chin wag and then it's back on the road, they're like our extended family. This place means everything to me, and really how many 19-year-old kids want to live so remotely and yet my granddaughter Christie, she loves the place and so do her friends when they 'drop in'.’

The family business - known as the Fox Trap - was handed over to Gavin, 47, and 43-year-old Roxanne. Gavin himself also used to work in the mines. He said: 'We'd come up to Cooladdi for holidays and when the chance came to move permanently I jumped at it - took some convincing the missus, Roxanne, but she came round eventually. Now I can't get her out of the bloody place, not even to go out for tea (dinner) in Charleville.’

With a tennis court that has seen better days, a few cows, ten dogs, a couple of friendly cats and an ever growing chicken population, the Fox Trap does look a bit tired. Roxanne said the train station platform had become something of a tourist attraction in the town which sees temperatures reach 48C. She said: 'We call it the stop where you'll wait a bloody long time for the train to come.' And when it comes to the food on offer at the restaurant, Roxanne, the resident cook, believes their road kill menu is 'to die for'. '

Vocabulary

resident

lakos

to be located

található valahol

settlement

település

isolation

elszigeteltség

son-in-law

vej

heyday

virágkor

to boast

dicsekedni valamivel

tightknit

összetartó

remote

távoli

outpost

távoli település

quirky

mókás

watering hole

itató (szó szerint is), talákahely

to resemble

hasonlítani

self-rated

saját besorolású

all rolled into one

mind egybegyúrva

late

néhai (elhunyt)

to maintain

tartani, fenntartani

miner

bányász

complete

teljes

postmaster

postamester

publican

vendéglős, kocsmáros

highlight

valaminek a fénypontja

old-fashioned

régimódi

cuppa (= cup of tea)

egy csésze tea

chin wag

dumcsizás

extended family

nagycsalád

to drop in

benézni, meglátogatni

to hand something over

átadni valamit

chance

esély, lehetőség

permanently

véglegesen

to jump at it

ugrani a lehetőségre

convincing

győzködés

the missus

‘az asszony’

to come round

megbékélni valamivel

has seen better days

jobb napokat látott

tourist attraction

turistalátványosság

temperature

hőmérséklet

on offer

kínálaton

road kill

elütött állatok

to die for

haláli jó

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