A LANDMARK Cabarita resort which deteriorated to an eyesore has been brought back to its former glory.
Cabarita Lake Apartments, decked out with modern furniture and fittings, have sprung out of the ruins of the old Cabarita Beach Gardens Resort.
Managers Wayne Pollard and Jacky Rea are preparing to welcome the first guests to the revamped resort next Saturday.
Mr Pollard said he had been getting good feedback from locals who were happy for the eyesore to be brought back to life.
“This is not just for visitors to the area, it is also for the locals, it is another facility for them,” he said.
According to Mr Pollard there are plans to reopen a function centre plus bar and restaurant in the future, and there was also a 36-hole mini golf course.
Tweed Tourism general manager also welcomed the resort's return.
“It is a fantastic property, a great one to have,” Mr Villiers said. “Hopefully it can be brought back to its glory days; it will be a wonderful addition to Cabarita tourism.”
Cabarita Lakeside's original developer Ken Hansen pion- eered much of the development of Cabarita.
He bought the 5.83 hectares adjoining Cudgen Lake in 1960 and went on to open a caravan park, holiday accommodation, a water-ski school, and lake sports hire centre.
The caravan park and water-ski school were closed many years later, more accommodation added, and the property was operated as a 3.5-star resort.
A company called Mother Earth bought the property from Hansen Developments Pty Ltd for $6 million in March 2005.
Under its ownership, the resort went under a significant upgrade and was put on the market in October last year, and the current owner, a South Australian private investor, was the buyer.
Mr Pollard said the complex had been stripped back to its structure and rebuilt.
There are new furnishings and fittings, flat-screen televisions and reverse-cycle air-conditioning.
Units have their own cooking facilities and all have ver- andahs looking over the lake.
There is also an in-ground pool and plenty of open space for the kids.
Mr Pollard said the studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments would be put up for sale in the future.
A website for the resort is already up and running at www.caba.com.au