Jonah’s Restaurant and Boutique hotel has been an icon of Sydney’s Northern Beaches since it opened its doors in 1929. In 95 years, the suburbs of Whale Beach and Palm Beach have sprung up around it while Jonah’s continued to offer a destination for Sydneysiders and travelers from afar.
Australia Day marks the 95th celebration of Jonah’s with many of its broader “family” attending including former Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove, World Surf Champion Layne Beachley and INXS member Kirk Pengilly, Les and Luisa Schirato of Vittoria Coffee. Also present were 9 Olympians, including 2 Olympic Champions, surrounded by some of Sydney’s leading business figures.
Guests enjoyed a luxurious seafood station with oysters, sashimi, lobster and King prawns, and an ‘Aussie BBQ’ with scallops, lamb cutlets, brisket and chicken. Not forgetting the Australian favourites, an ode to the chiko roll and lamingtons were devoured too.
Guests were entertained by the musical talents of Opera Maestro Lorenzo Rositano supported by Sophia Reynolds and the crowd joined in to sing the National Anthem and I am Australian. The toast to Australia was given by Australian legendary author Thomas Keneally AO who spoke of his great honour to come to Jonah’s today describing it as a “Shangri La cast above the waves and communing with the clouds and drawing all the graces from both of them”.